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3 Offbeat Activities in Antigua

For some, a luxury vacation is about more than just basking on the beach & working on a tan. Fortunately, while a trip to Antigua will certainly offer ideal conditions for sunbathing, there's plenty more to do around the island. Whether you're a history buff or an animal lover, there are countless fun activities to add excitement to your getaway. Instead of opting for the typical tourist spots, why not go off the beaten path?

Here are a few interesting options that are sure to make your trip more memorable:

Springhill Riding Club Imagine splashing around in the water of Falmouth Bay – while on horseback. This unusual experience is possible at the Springhill Riding Club, which offers riding sessions Monday through Saturday. You'll begin your ride at 8:30 a.m., exploring the entire English Harbor & taking in the scenery from a new angle. There are a variety of scenic trails to choose from, including a trek through the plantations & a route to Rendezvous Bay. The most popular ride, of course, is the one that includes a splashy swim with your horse at the beach. Since all of the trips allow a maximum of four people, this is a great bonding activity for your next family vacation. Novice horseback riders can also opt for a half-hour or hour lesson beforehand.

Rosmacs Herb Garden Rosalyn Simon's garden in Johnson's Point is highly unusual – the vast array of fruits, flowers, barks & leaves you'll find here are all used for preparing everything from culinary herbal preparations to medicinal solutions like natural cough remedies. The products made from her plants vary, including a Red Pepper Ointment for alleviating muscle pain & a natural mosquito spray that will keep pests away. Take a tour of the garden to learn all about the history of herbs & their use in Antigua & Barbuda. You can even have Simon make you a custom lip balm or insect repellent.

Stingray City At Stingray City Antigua, you'll start your adventure on land, where you'll get up close & personal with a range of exotic animals, such as parrots & monkeys. Then, a quick speedboat ride will take you to a stunning coral reef with a shallow pool, where you can snorkel, feed & swim with the rays. Expert guides will be by your side to coach you on how to handle these awe-inspiring creatures. After snapping a few photos with the rays, you'll return to the land base where you can rinse off in a shower on a coconut tree & kick back with some complimentary rum punch.

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