Thanks to its laid-back, relaxed, and cool vibe, Antigua and Barbuda is now one of the best places to retire in the Caribbean. The diverse crowd and the fact that you can still find relatively reasonably priced homes are excellent incentives as well.
For retirees who decide to move here, they also have the option of getting a second passport, one of the most powerful in the world. Through the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program, you can own a home in this island country and gain second citizenship without renouncing your current one.
Enjoying Your Retirement in Antigua and Barbuda
When you choose to retire in the beautiful island country of Antigua and Barbuda, you will be able to engage in various fun, healthy, and meaningful activities. All these will allow you to truly enjoy your retirement.
These hobbies and activities available in this island paradise include:
One of the most popular sports for seniors, you can play this regularly once you retire in Antigua and Barbuda.
It is one of the best sports for seniors since it offers various health benefits. These include improving flexibility, ease of motion, hand-eye coordination, and arm and leg strength.
And since you will be playing this sport with other players, you will be able to meet and socialize with others — people who may not only be of your age group but share your other interests and passions as well.
You can play golf in Antigua at the Jolly Harbour Golf Club or Cedar Valley Golf Course.
If you want a more physically demanding, fast-paced activity, you won’t go wrong with choosing tennis.
Tennis is a great form of cardiovascular exercise for adults. It helps build muscles and bones and improve the coordination skills of players. Playing tennis regularly will keep both your active and social life flourishing well into retirement.
If you haven’t played tennis but want to start, start by taking a few lessons at a local fitness or sports center. Don’t worry about not doing well or excelling in this sport. With constant practice, you will eventually get the hang of playing tennis.
Antigua has several public and private tennis courts. If you are looking for a complete tennis facility, try Carlisle Bay, Curtina Bluff or the Temo Sports Tennis Club in the English Harbour to see their facilities and clubs first.
Hiking is another form of exercise recommended for seniors.
It is a fun cardio workout that gives you the chance to explore and observe nature. Aside from breathing fresh, clean air, you will be able to enjoy the natural beauty that Antigua and Barbuda (and the rest of the Caribbean) are known for.
When you go hiking with your spouse or partner or friends, you will also be building and strengthening your relationships with them.
Some of the most popular hiking trails in the country are Desmond’s and Carpenter Trail, Jones’ Valley Trail, Christian Valley, and Nelson’s Dockyard National Parks Trails. At first you can take guided hikes to discover the trails with Hike Caribbean.
If you find hiking or walking too hard on your knees, try bicycling. It is a superb type of aerobic exercise that allows you to get up close and personal with nature.
Additionally, biking offers other health benefits such as enhancing your balance and strength. It helps build mental alertness, too.
More importantly, when you bike with others, you will be able to make new friends and widen your social circle.
Antigua and Barbuda has a number of biking trails that suit both beginners and experienced cyclists. Some of the most popular biking areas and trails can be found in Monk’s Hill, Shirley Height, Devil’s Bridge, and Harmony Hall to Half Moon Bay.
There are also several cycling tours you can join to explore the country on two wheels.
If you want a more relaxing hobby for your retirement, try fishing. The calmness provided by the sea coupled with the focus, patience and concentration required, and the excitement of catching a fish makes this a highly recommended hobby for retirees.
You won’t lack for social interaction as well. When you start this hobby, you will be constantly trading fishing stories with your friends or companions on the docks or charters.
When you are new in Antigua and Barbuda, it is best to join fishing charters and tours first to know the lay of the water and the types of fish you can try to catch.
But if you’re already an avid fisherman or woman, you will be excited to know that there are a variety of amazing fish you can catch here. These include mahi-mahi, marlin, tuna, kingfish, and even barracuda.
Whether you are looking forward to a quiet retirement or one that is more exciting, you will experience both in Antigua and Barbuda.
Kal Kennard is a Partner at Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean, Canada and Europe. Based in the Caribbean for the past 15 years, she is an experienced consultant who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.