First time visitor to Antigua
Do we go all inclusive or not ?
in Aruba we did not and Mexico we did
Need help and advise
We are going in March 2013
It very much depends on whether you want to be resort-based, in which case AI makes sense (especially if you like to drink), or want to get out and explore the island, and eat at some of the excellent restaurants on offer, which of course also helps sustain the struggling local economy.
March is still at the height of the season, so everywhere's open, and the bars and restaurants are buzzing, especially in the south of the island (English Harbour/Falmouth area).
The alternative is to choose a resort that allows you to have some days AI and others R/O (or even B&B), which would give you the freedom to have a bit of both.
Did you have any resorts in mind yet?
Looking at Verandah ans Grand Pineapple, Maybe Jolly Beach will make a decision if a sale becomes available.
We need double beds so a couple of places are out and are tryiny to stay within budget
Both of those are AI only - and in a way they need to be as they're very remote with nothing much else anywhere nearby. JBR now does a room only option, I believe, but I thought it was very overpriced.
Take a look at Sugar Ridge, which might be a cool alternative for you. Not directly on the beach, but well located for several of the nicest ones (which do not have resorts on them) with a free shuttle, and you can choose AI or not. Actually, their AI plan is extremely good value as you eat at their excellent a la carte restaurants, rather than buffet style. It's a very good location for getting to see a bit more of the island as well.
Thank you I am going on their site now
Any other suggestions are welcome
Sugar ridge with AI is slightly out of budget. If we do not get AI are there good places to eat walking distance
Yes - lots of places nearby to suit all budgets, including some very affordable ones.
What hotels are within walking distance of restaurants and shopping
@jJazzman, there are plenty of places to eat across the road in the Jolly Harbour area, as well you can find a few villas in the same Jolly Harbour area which will be cheaper than JBR.
However, there really isn't anywhere to eat out if you're in the GPB/Verandah area.
I would recommend renting a villa in Jolly Harbour. There's a good grocery store there. You can eat breakfast and maybe some lunches in and other lunches and dinner out. You will get much better accommodation and food for the same price as a mediocre all-inclusive.
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