A family triathlon

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a pristine beach in Antigua undamaged exertion of a sporting kind - yet!

a pristine beach in Antigua, undamaged by exertion of a sporting kind – yet!

If you want to go on holiday to relax then a trip to a Caribbean island sounds just about ideal. But would you think of it as an adventure destination? And one for all the family?

Yes, Antigua and Barbuda are known as a family holiday destination but now they are trying to move away from the sun, sand and relaxation image to encourage those of a more energetic nature.

When the AUA Tinman Rohr Triathlon returns towards the end of March, there will be a half-iron, a sprint and mini distance running, along with races for teams, children and a 5k walk/run. Later in the year there is a half marathon as well but the website name is a better clue to the location than just a baldly entitled sporting event. Its called run in paradise!

If sailing is more to your liking either to watch or join in then the Antigua Sailing Week begins on the 25th of April, slightly too late for the Easter school holidays. Attracting over 100 yachts, Antigua Sailing Week consists of five days of competitive racing off south coast of Antigua plus an optional day of racing around the island. Antigua Sailing Week, is equally known for its nightly parties   Thousands of party-goers come out to stunning English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour, for the open-air bars, laid-back rum parties and music festivals. Think Cowes Week but with a Caribbean flavour!

But for those holidaying over Easter in Antigua and Barbuda, there is the International Kite Fly on Easter Monday and test cricket will be paid between England and the West Indies from the 13th of April.

Energetic as all this sounds, I still think of Antigua and Barbuda as the home of those 365 beaches – a different one for every day of the year. And eating and relaxing not getting hot and sweaty trying to run off those last Christmas pounds!

For more information about Antigua and Barbuda, click here.

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