Folklore says Antigua, in the heart of the Lesser Antilles, has a beach for every day of the year. We haven't counted but, rest assured, there's no shortage of quiet coves and impressive stretches of powder white sand here.
At every corner there's British history dating back to the 1600s when pirates and sugarcane ruled the region. Ruins at Parham, the original capital, date back to the 1700s. And St. John's, the "new" capital, features historic buildings, island-eclectic architecture, impressive museums and stately cathedrals plus an assortment of interesting boutiques and quaint restaurants.
Drive out of town to take in the views. Antigua is casual, yet elegant with remnants of old world plantation life at every turn, plus fine dining, good nightclubs and fancy shops with duty free prices.
Resorts of all kinds dot the coast - from clubby complexes, some with golf and tennis, to quaint marina-side restorations tucked among pubs and shops at Nelson's Dockyard, an established world-class sailing and yacht racing center.
Expansive, modern properties offer fabulous facilities, island-style entertainment and bustling casinos. And water-sports are on everyone's activities list.
Escape even further to Barbuda, 25 miles north - chic, remote and short on hotels but long on seabirds. Investigate one or more of 200 underwater wrecks or enjoy the island's wildlife sanctuaries. The rich and famous find Barbuda especially appealing.