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Antigua and Barbuda gears up for a packed calendar of incredible summer events

Renowned for its 365 beaches, Antigua and Barbuda is also a wonderful destination from which to experience the Caribbean’s thriving cultural scene and incredible free summer events.
The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival - Antigua’s 57th Carnival Celebrations, taking place from 26 July to 5 August is a true extravaganza of music, colours and culture. This fabulous celebration is an amazing way for visitors to see beautiful costumes, listen to exciting steel band beats, sample local cuisine and party for two weeks.

While the festivities start from the Carnival launch on 26 July, the main event begins with the J’Ouvert on 4 August with street parades taking place from the early morning and culminating on August 5.

Searching for fresh tropical fruits, Antigua celebrates mangoes during a festival dedicated to the fruit with the Antigua & Barbuda Mango Festival 19-20 July. Taste some of the world’s best mangoes from the Christian Valley Agricultural Station’s 25 elite trees and get tips from local top chefs and bartenders on how to re-create tantalising mango dishes at home.

As an island, Antigua is blessed with beautiful seafood and with the Copper and Lumber Seafood Fridays which are held on selected dates throughout the summer there’s no excuse not to try the catch of the day. This year, the Urlings Seafood Festival will be taking place 10 August. In a street food setting the festival showcases, Antigua and Barbuda’s seafood offerings and allows visitors the opportunity to sample grilled lobster, crab, conch water and lots more.

Summer in Antigua is the perfect opportunity for turtle watching and to observe endangered Hawksbill turtles in their natural habitat. The Antigua Environmental Awareness Group offers a series of tours allowing visitors to see to these fascinating animals during their nesting season.

For those of a more active disposition, now is your chance to participate in a Caribbean triathlon, with the AUA Tinman Rohr Triathlon taking place on Saturday August 23 at Morris Bay, Antigua . The event is the first of its kind in Antigua and participants from around the world are invited to sign-up.

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