In 1784 British Admiral Lord Nelson landed in Antigua and went on to establish Great Britain’s most important Caribbean base there. Centuries later, the island duo attracts a different kind of sailor—Sailing Week in Antigua is one of the world’s most famed maritime events. In fact, the sparkling tropical seas surrounding Antigua and Barbuda attract many tourists each year, whether for scuba diving through coral reefs or visiting the numerous ship wrecks surrounding Barbuda. Climate-wise, it hardly ever rains where these islands are located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean. Antigua is the largest English-speaking island in the area but, geographically, it measures 14 miles long and 11 miles wide—allowing one to completely explore the island.
Investing in these islands is a promising venture as the CEO of Tourism Authority recently announced seven more cruise ships are set to port in Barbuda in 2015. This will boost the local economy tremendously as officials say they expect more than 700,000 cruise ship passengers to visit via these cruise ships. High net worth individuals visit secluded resorts on Antigua like Hermitage Bay, where one can sun on an exclusive beach and take in the breathtaking views from the top of the lush hillside, or St. James Club and Villas where there are four swimming pools and locals dock their yachts for cocktails and live music in the evenings.