With endless beaches, colonial architecture and luxurious hotels, the twin-island nation of Antigua & Barbuda truly is paradise. In Antigua, you can taste local rum at historic distilleries, explore the restored sugar plantation at Betty’s Hope and watch water shoot into the air at the Devil’s Bridge blowholes. Swim with stingrays in the clear water, snorkel with shimmering shoals of fish and stroll along romantic beaches under a bright blue sky. As evening falls, you can watch the sunset over English Harbour, wander into the capital of St Johns looking for some Caribbean food and a live steel drum band. Make time for Barbuda if you can – you’ll find a quiet and undeveloped vibe, with pretty pink beaches, authentic local accommodation and frigate birds soaring through the skies.