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The Coolest 13 Airbnb in Antigua

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13 reasons why choose an Airbnb in Antigua

Antigua is popular for being predominantly an all-inclusive vacation destination with its top luxury resorts and design hotels, on stunning beaches. However, you should know that staying in an Airbnb in Antigua is becoming very popular, both if you love to stay in luxury homes or save some bucks without giving up on comfort and style.

In this post, I will share my favorite Airbnb in Antigua to help you chose your next home away from home in the beautiful islands.

However please read first the official travel advisory here below before making any travel plans.

Antigua Travel Advisory
Is it safe to travel to Antigua right now?

Antigua is open to tourism but there are some rules to follow.

鈥淎s of July 2, 2020, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda updated its travel advisory. All passengers arriving by air MUST have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real time polymerase chain reaction) test result, taken within seven (7) days of their flight. This includes transiting passengers. Passengers arriving by sea are subject to quarantine according to guidelines issued by Port Health. All travelers are also subject to assessment by Port Health Authorities for signs and symptoms through a series of checks and the completion of a health declaration form on arrival.

All arriving passengers will be monitored for COVID-19 for periods of up to 14 days in accordance with the directions of the Quarantine Authority and the Quarantine (COVID-19) Guidelines. Visitors may be required to undergo further testing for COVID-19 on arrival or at the hotel or place of lodging as determined by the Health Authorities. The test takes 15 minutes. The results take approximately 96 hours to process, and travelers will be alerted of their results by health officials. Whilst travelers await results they do need to limit their movements, as instructed by the Quarantine Authority.

Since the situation changes so fast, that’s impossible to stay up to date all the time, please make sure you read more updated information from the Tourism Authority site.

Unique accommodation in tranquility

馃搷 St. John’s 4 guests 路 1 bedroom 路 2 beds 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 – 馃挷

This cute apartment is perfect for a couple, friends, or a single traveler that is budget conscious and yet loves nice, clean, and comfortable places.

Chrys, the owner, is a dear friend who has worked in the hospitality all her life and is now happy to welcome you in her cozy places that she has decorated herself with her beautiful taste and much love.

Both this studio and the Grace Inn 2 Bedrooms, in the same property, are located in a tranquil area behind the airport off the beaten path at a few miles from Dickenson Bay and St. John’s. As anywhere in Antigua, it’s highly recommended to have your own car to easily move around at your convenience.

Chrys lives on the premises and will be happy to give you insider tips on where to go and what to do, besides interesting anecdotes on her beloved island.

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What the previous 136+ guests say:

Chrys鈥檚 place is amazing, I鈥檝e stayed there multiple times in all 3 units. She is very welcoming, always ready to help if we need anything. Her place is comfy and always clean, great amenities. She always updates us on news, if needed. I will definitely recommend her place. She鈥檚 really a great host.

A very unique and quaint Airbnb. The neighborhood was quiet and had beautiful flora and fauna. Chrys was an excellent, welcoming host. So happy we had an opportunity to stay at this Airbnb. A great space for a single traveler, two friends traveling together, or a couples retreat. It is highly recommended.

“A quiet, clean, and simple flat and loft conversion with separate entrance to the main house. The main benefit is the calmness of the neighborhood, a rare find this close to the airport. The host also goes beyond to accommodate you.


Secluded Woodland Cabin

馃搷 Sawcolts Village 路 2 guests 路 1 bedroom 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 – 馃挷馃挷

This gorgeous cabin seems like it’s coming out from a fairy tale.

Located in the heart of the tropical forest close to the fig tree road between English Harbour and Carlisle Bay, this cozy love birds nest is a luxury wooden cabin graciously decorated with elegant furniture and the finest linens with such exquisite taste.

This is exactly how I want my house to be. Ideal for couples or solo travelers willing to have a place on their own surrounded by nature and tranquillity.

It’s kind of isolated but the owner lives at a 3 minutes walk from the house. There might be animals roaming in the surroundings, such as dogs and ducks chicken and 2 donkeys which you might see every now and then but not a threat to peace and quiet. The donkeys will help you to carry your luggage from the parking lot.

Please mind that you will need a 4 wheel drive to get to the parking lot and then there are 3-minutes walk to reach the cabin.

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Guest reviews:

Love love love this place! So perfect so peaceful!!! I would recommend this for anyone who needs to get away from the hustle and bustle. The pictures don鈥檛 do the place enough justice!!”

This was exactly what I needed. More than adequate and in fact a most welcome relaxing change. Can’t speak too highly of my stay. Perfect

If you are having doubts about the fact that this place is off the grid, don鈥檛 hesitate. The accommodations are more than sufficient. The cabin and surroundings are very clean. The shower was plenty warm, even on a cloudy day. We were worried that the insects would be a problem, but not at all. Louise provides ample citronella candles and the mosquito netting and window screens kept the bugs out. We loved the open-air kitchen and actually thought the birds and lizards were a nice touch. If you are looking for tranquility with the option of getting out to a beach or two, this is your place.”


Arkaios By The Sea

馃搷 Jolly Harbour 路 4 guests 路 2 bedrooms 路 2 beds 路 2.5 baths 猸愨瓙猸 – 馃挷馃挷

Located in a gated community by the Jolly Harbor Marina, this sea front house is right on the water in a very safe and tranquil area, with a fully stocked supermarket at a walking distance and spectacular beaches of course.

In Antigua, it’s better if you have a car in general but there are taxis available at the marina. The home is spacious and nicely decorated with wooden furniture and local artworks.

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Guest reviews:

Last-minute booking but Mary Lee was very responsive and everything was put in place for me less than 24 hours after booking. The place was neat and tidy, just as described, two big porches looking out on the harbor (upstairs and downstairs) so good views. The entire apartment is quite spacious. Within easy walking distance to Al Porto restaurant. You could probably walk to the quiet North beach but that may be a bit more of a distance. The kitchen well appointed. Good value for the price point offered.

Nice deck and view over the inlet, comfortable sitting area, short walk to the boatyard, golf course, and other Jolly Harbour amenities.


Vista Mare Holiday Home – Halcyon Heights

馃搷 Dickenson Bay 4 guests 路 2 bedrooms 路 2 beds 路 2 baths 猸愨瓙猸 – 馃挷馃挷馃挷

This is a cozy 2-bedroom apartment situated in Halcyon Heights condo complex. The highlight of the place is definitely the amazing view you have over the bay and the spectacular sunsets.

Simonetta, the owner, and a very good friend of mine will welcome you and make sure you will have everything you need for a wonderful vacation in Antigua.

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What guests say

“Very nice. Easy. Not far from the beach. Great view and a short walk from two restaurants”

“The apartment is fantastic! Great location and amenities, well equipped, fantastic location. Simonetta was a wonderful host and responded promptly to all communication..”

The condo has generous space with 2-bedrooms and 2-bathrooms. It allowed my brother and I to have our own space. The view from the porch is gorgeous.


Amazing Views from Lush Life Villa

馃搷 Dickenson Bay 2 guests 路 1 bedroom 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 – 馃挷馃挷馃挷

You will not believe if I tell you that I have lived in this apartment for 9 months in 2009 when I used to live in Antigua. It was such a joy to see it among airbnb listings, so freshly refurbished and nicely redecorated. I could see the love that the new owners have put into refurbishing it.

However, what hasn’t changed is the priceless view of Dickenson Bay from the spacious terrace, furnished with a hammock, a sofa, and a table to enjoy all your meals while looking at the blue shades of the horizon.

It’s one of the best views of Antigua, besides Shirley Heights.

The apartment is fully furnished and guests have access to parking lot and pool. You are also very close to Dickenson Bay and Runaway bay beach and local restaurants.

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Guest reviews:

“Lush Life is a great place to vacation. You will enjoy amazing views and feel very much at home as the villa is comfortable and well-appointed.

This was a great spot! Mark and Lisa even included thoughtful items such as gear for the beach which is great for people visiting. The location is really good in terms of access to the beach and restaurants along with the supermarkets. Also the view is AMAZING

The views are incredible and the condo is spacious and had everything we needed. There are a couple of lovely restaurants within walking distance but a car is definitely recommended! The information and communication from Mark and Lisa were excellent. We had a fantastic stay and wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again.


Cool View Studio

馃搷 English Harbour 路  guests 路 1 bedroom 路 2 beds 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸 – 馃挷馃挷

A cozy colorful apartment with precious views over the Marina at English Harbour and close to shops restaurants and stunning beaches.

This studio is located in the heart of English Harbor, Antigua’s most iconic area and it’s beautifully decorated with local artworks and modern furniture. It is indeed a unique opportunity to live like a local in the beautiful Antigua at a relatively low rate. Great value for money indeed.

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What guests say:

Wonderful place to stay, amazing location, Paola is a great host, easy to get in touch if needed. Highly recommend this place!

Awesome place! The balcony is great, the apartment is very cute, clean and great location. Check-in was easy, communication was quick.

This is a great apartment in a fantastic location. It overlooks the Harbour with amazing views. The apartment was lovely and clean, with plenty of towels. Also, a lovely vase of local flowers was left for us and a much-needed bottle of water! There is a cooker, kettle & coffee machine”.


Vine cottages #4

馃搷 English Harbor 路2 guests 路 1 bedroom 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 – 馃挷馃挷

Nice cottage-like home in a residential area with the use of the pool. Located in between English Harbor and Falmouth this cute apartment is nicely decorated in light colors and new modern furniture.

Knowing Antigua prices this is definitely a great value for money if you wish to stay close to the most iconic places such as English Harbor in a nice fancy villa without breaking the bank.

Oh did I mention the spectacular views you get from your windows?

I would honestly say don’t miss this chance!

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Guest reviews

J.J鈥檚 place was very clean, the balcony setting was amazing. The AC was booming before we got there which was a PLUS for me. He was very fast with the replies, great customer service. I would definitely stay there again.

“Great place to stay. Nice and quiet, really refreshing. J.J. is an awesome host. Really tries to help you out with anything you need. I’ll surely be back.”

“Our cottage was on the end so we didn’t have a full view of the harbor as there’s a large tree partially blocking the view but we didn’t mind that, it gave us more privacy. Easy check-in. Very friendly host who responded very quickly. Nice clean pool. All the amenities you need including air conditioning. Quiet and private, excellent views from the pool. You definitely need your own vehicle. We booked an extra two nights while we were there; that says it all I think! Thanks again”


Treehouse at Galley bay Cottages

馃搷 Galley Bay 路2 guests 路 1 bedroom 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 – 馃挷馃挷馃挷

A unique cottage equipped with all the comforts and luxury amenities and yet in total harmony with the surrounding natural environment, just like the renowned neighboring Galley bay hotel.

This cozy home boasts sweeping views of the bay from the windows and a lovely patio where to relax and soak up the lavish jungle vibes.

At a walking distance, you can find the spectacular Galley Bay beach that you will share with the hotel guests and other homeowners. Worry not, because the endless stretch of white sand beach has enough space to host everyone and allow all the privacy you want.

The grocery stores are at a few minutes’ drive but you will find a convenience store and a bakery for fresh bread at a few steps from the cottage.

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What guests say:

Marco is a superhost! He holds that title to a “T”. The treehouse cottage is a welcoming home, a short walk away from one of the best beaches in Antigua, and also a short drive away from Hawksbill beach which has amazing snorkeling. Marco made sure we had everything we needed and even lead us to the grocery store. If you are looking for an authentic Antiguan experience, Five Island Village and Galley Bay is a one of kind stop. We will be booking with Marco again without a doubt!

We woke up looking out to the blue sea and listening to the birds singing. This place was clean, beautiful and just as described. We strolled down to Galley Bay beach and watched an amazing sunset. This was a peaceful and romantic stay. Marco was very timely in meeting me at the airport to guide me there and even took me grocery shopping. Thanks for a great stay!

A birders paradise. Relaxing retreat with a short walk to a beautiful beach. Lovely clean accommodations and kind host.


Breeze at Galley Bay Cottages

馃搷 Galley Bay 路2 guests 路 1 bedroom 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 – 馃挷馃挷馃挷

Another lovely property from the same owner of the above Treehouse. You can see it from the similar beautiful decorations combining the simplicity of local elements with a sophisticated elegant style and Italian touch.

These cottages are located in an exclusive area of Antigua, home of luxury properties and secluded beaches, not to mention the historical site of Fort Barrington, somewhat off the beaten track, but still at 10 minutes drive from St. John’s, shopping and restaurants.

After all, you know, in Antigua you are always less than 45 minutes away from everything, but renting car is always the best choice.

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Guests also say:

“Awesome location and very quiet. Definitely rent a car to get around. True air B and B cottage. Marco is great!”

“Great sea view from a very private veranda. Large indoor space with great daylight and breeze. Marco was an amazing host, waiting for us at the airport, guiding us during groceries, and showing us around.

“Fantastic place with an ideal location and one of the best places I’ve stayed on Airbnb. If I’m ever in Antigua again, this would definitely be at the top of my list.”


Sea View Studio

馃搷 English Harbour 2 guests 路 1 bedroom 路 1 beds 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 – 馃挷馃挷馃挷馃挷

If you are ready to splurge, this is the place where you want to spend your vacation in Antigua. A beautiful wooden house in the historical side of the island, where everything happens, English Harbour.

Can you tell it’s my favorite spot in Antigua?

This fancy studio looks like the ones you find in those home decor magazine, the dream home, decorated in elegant country style equipped with the finest amenities and modern accessories, without missing any details.

It’s ideal for a couple getaway or for solo traveller in love with beauty and class.

The bucolic surroundings are a forwarning of peace and tranquillity and the spectacular views are a reminder of the unmatched beauty of the island.

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Guests also say:

“Very clean and stylish condo. Lots of nice little touches. 5-minute drive to the center of English Harbor.

“It’s a great location if you’re traveling to Antigua. It’s spacious, quiet, has great views, and close to restaurants in the area. Would definitely recommend staying here.”

“Sarah’s place is a great, quiet bungalow not far from English Harbor – while we didn’t meet Sarah, she made communication and the check-in/out process simple. We loved disconnecting from the world for a bit and lying on the deck reading well into the night. Would recommend renting a car, and a word of warning, there is no AC, but the fan and louvered windows work brilliantly – we acclimatized to the heat quickly. Highly recommend.


Dreamy 1 bed Deluxe in Nonsuch Bay Resort

馃搷 Non Such bay  路 2 guests 路 1 bedroom 路 1 beds 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙猸愨瓙 – 馃挷馃挷馃挷馃挷

Located in a relatively young residential area in Non Such bay, home of some of the most luxurious homes, this 1 bedroom apartment is one of the few available of this size. The majority are suitable for big family with 3 + bedroom.

This is a very secluded area far from everything else on the island, but close to one of my favorite beaches in Antigua, Half moon bay, at only 10 minutes drive.

You definitely need a car to stay here, although you have a private beach and all the infrastructure that a hotel can offer. Still, I want to imagine you wish to explore the island. 馃檪

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What guests say:

This is a very comfortable and well-maintained apartment, the host Cherryl and the housekeeper Necole on site were both great in communication and very helpful hosts. The island is beautiful and has lots to offer. We personally didn’t care much for the resort the apartment is in. There is one restaurant with a very outdated dress code I don’t want to bother with when on vacation. It’s rather pricey and you need to book ahead so we only did breakfast there once and were not impressed. But its option others might enjoy. It just wasn’t for us. Antigua has many cute and well-run restaurants to offer if you don’t mind driving a bit. Most dinner options are at least 30min away. Do not miss Half-moon bay though, its just 10min away! it’s a fantastic beach and has a very simple but really good little restaurant called Beach Bum. I could happily spend my days there, eat lobster and fresh fish for lunch on the beach and fix myself a snack at home for dinner in Cherryl’s well-equipped kitchen if I don’t want to drive further at night. Necole who is a true gem also offers to cook for you at a very reasonable price. We would love to come back someday..


Getaway Island Cottage: Self-contained and safe

馃搷Ffryes’ beach  路 2 guests 路 1 bedroom 路 1 bed 路 1 bath 猸愨瓙 – 馃挷馃挷

This cozy cottage is a very basic retreat in nature, with modest decorations and a very local vibe, but it is located by one of the best beaches in Antigua. And at 2 minutes’ drive from the Jolly Harbour Marina, with shops and restaurants.

It’s suitable for laid back travelers who don’t need fancy but enjoy staying by the beach and living a simple life, but must of all they need to love dogs, as you will see the owner’s son’s dogs around.

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What guests say:

“The house was so lovely, and just a stone’s throw from the most beautiful beach! Rhonda is very accommodating and the dogs are very friendly! Wish we were still there now!

We had a wonderful week in Rhonda鈥檚 cottage. The whole place is much larger than the photos suggest and is a short walk away from one of the best beaches on the island. Rhonda鈥檚 son Chael and his crew were always quick to help us out if any issues arose. Few things beat reading a book in the hammock with a view of the luscious mountains. I fully recommend it”.

We loved our stay at Rhonda’s cottage. It is very close to Ffryers beach and just 5mins drive from Jolly Harbour. We loved the two little dogs! The cottage is great, and just as Rhonda has described it is not an all-inclusive experience – you must be prepared for a few small lizards around it, pretty much no hot water, and to clean the cottage when you are checking out. Rhonda is a great host, communication and check-in were great and she answered all of our questions.

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Tips and tricks on how to make a booking on Airbnb

As you probably know by now, I am an avid Airbnb traveler and although sometimes I love to stay in nice hotels as well, living in a beautiful home is more suitable for the way I love to travel. I am more independent and I feel like a local instead of a tourist, and more connected with the place I am visiting.

After many Airbnb stays, there are a few tips I want to share with you. It may be obvious for some of you but not so much for those who are not familiar with the platform. I hope it helps, but I will write a more in-depth post on the topic.

  • Make sure you know what you are booking. Not all homeowners are very familiar with the interface and it can happen to find contradicting information, especially on the kind of accommodation. Example: entire home vs a room? or is the bathroom en-suite? In doubt, always contact the host before booking.
  • Read the reviews from the previous guests
  • Check the total price and the breakdown, because the price advertised it’s not accurate. Airbnb would add their commission and taxes on the room fare basis that is decided by the owner.
  • Consider booking for 7 days or 1 month, so that you most probably get special discounts.
  • Read all the details of the listing.
  • Read the cancellation policy.
  • In doubt, always contact the host before booking.

Read my step by step guide on how to book on Airbnb

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