Firstly, and most importantly, book your flights! Whether you’re coming from the US, UK, Europe, or the wider world, there will be several airlines for you to choose from. Check out our transport page to discover airlines that fly to Antigua from the US, Canada and the UK. If you’re coming from anywhere else, Google ‘flights to Antigua’ and go from there.
Consider what dates you’d like to arrive and depart and what times of day you’re happy travelling. Have a think about whether you’d like a few days on the island before or after the show (or both) to chill out, and adjust your dates accordingly. If your flight isn’t direct, check the stopover times and make sure they’re acceptable - the last thing you want to do is book a flight that is well-priced then later realise there’s a long stopover in an airport en route!
Once you’ve secured your flight, accommodation is the next thing to book. You’ll have an amazing time wherever you stay, but coming back to lovely accommodation at the end of each day will make the trip extra special.
To make searching for the perfect place a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite hotels that are conveniently located for the show. Ranging in style from beautifully historic to modern luxury, all these accommodation options are fantastic.
We recently learnt that West Indies cricket (2023 home series) is due to take place in Antigua from 3-6 December, which gives us even more reason to strongly urge all those registered / planning to register for the Antigua Charter Yacht Show 2023 to book your flights and accommodation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!
When you arrive…
Airport Meet & Greet
We host airport meet and greets for brokers and sponsors arriving in Antigua for the show. We’ll provide updates and further details on this on our social channels nearer to the time.
Upon arrival at the show, attendees must come to the Hospitality Desk which is located in the Copper & Lumber Store Hotel, Nelson’s Dockyard, to register. On the 4th of December, early attendees can register from 2.30pm to 6.30pm. On all other show days the Hospitality Desk is open from 7.30am to 5.30pm.
When you register you will be given your Show Identity Pass, Show Program, Dock Plans, Bag etc. The program includes the schedule of events, a list of exhibiting yachts, brokers, non-exhibiting vendors and press, as well as lots of other valuable information. Please note that your identity pass must be worn at all times and to all functions.
Getting around the show
You can opt to hire a car or utilise taxis and the range of shuttles that are provided for show delegates. If you’re interested in getting a hire car, it’s a good idea to book it for collection from the airport as that saves the need to get a transfer as well. There are a number of car rental companies to choose from - check them out on our local transport page and get a few quotes before deciding which to go for. A hire car is a particularly good idea if you’re taking an extended holiday before or after the show and fancy exploring the island.
Show shuttles will be provided from December 5th to 8th and can be identified by ACYM banners that are positioned on the sides of the buses. These shuttles will transport you between Nelson’s Dockyard Marina, Falmouth Harbour Marina and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina. The shuttles wait in front of each marina and this service is available between 9am and 6pm.
Evening shuttles are available between 6pm and 9pm to take you back to your hotels from Nelson’s Dockyard or Antigua Yacht Club. These shuttles will be waiting in front of the marinas and there is also a number you can call in your show program on the shuttle page. Please note that if you need transport to your hotel after 9pm, a fee will be charged. You can utilise Sheppy Taxi out of hours - call 1 (268) 723-0312.
St James’s Club also provides their own shuttle service for guests. On the days of the show - 5th-8th December - there will be a shuttle bus leaving St. James’s for the Marinas at 7.30am and 9.00am, and leaving Nelson's Dockyard for St. James’s between 6.00pm and 7.00pm.
There will be golf carts with chauffeurs standing by at Nelson's Dockyard Marina to shuttle show attendees down the docks to view the yachts. The golf carts will circle the marina picking up and dropping off passengers along the way. This should give you more time to view the yachts and less time walking to them. Show attendees are free to flag down the golf cart shuttles and hop in for a ride to their next location on the marina.
Shipping your marketing materials
If you need to ship products or marketing materials to the show, please keep in mind that all shipments must arrive and be cleared through customs by 28 November. For US shipments, please get in touch with one of our approved shipping companies - Total Imports Antigua Ltd or Kess Imports. Before sending your shipment, get in touch with your chosen shipping company to advise them on the items you are sending and to confirm the expected arrival date.
Total Imports Antigua Ltd
Darell George: Tel:1-268-464-8462
Kizzy Codrington: Tel: 1-268-736-8801
Nekisha Baltimore: Tel: 1-268-772-5538
Orland Weekes: Tel:1-268-736-2561