Bermuda is formal, British. Antigua became independent from Britain 25 years ago and retains little of its British flavour. Bermuda is 22 miles long by....one and a half miles, maybe; Antigua is 108 square miles. Antigua is mountainous (volcanic), Bermuda and particularly the Bahamas are flat. Bermuda you can scooter around in a day (and indeed are not even allowed to rent a car); in Antigua you would rent a car or get a taxi driver (if you wished to explore), motorscooters are practically non-existent (except for those with a death-wish!). Antigua has dozens of beaches (other posters will take exception to this----I know, I know, Antigua has 365 beaches but tourists rarely see more than 10 or so). Unlike Bermuda, there is still some poverty in Antigua, particularly in St. Johns. You also will never wear a tie in Antigua, it is MUCH more casual than Bermuda.
Hmm, what else? You didn't mention where you like to stay in Bermuda. Antigua has all kinds of resorts, from the all-inclusive to older and more refined places, as well as many private homes for rent. However, they don't have the guest house/small inn type accommodations I have occasionally used in Bermuda. I would say the weather is more reliable in Antigua; also MUCH hotter particularly in the winter (with the heat made nicely bearable by sea breezes). If you like the golf and tennis in Bermuda, forget Antigua......there are just a couple of golf courses (neither great) and it is WAY too hot for tennis in my opinion, although one can always find a few die-hards.
Antigua doesn't have that ordered feeling that Bermuda has----most of the villages are not "neat". Depending on where you have been in the Bahamas, you may know what I mean. It is much more Caribbean in feel (personally, I don't consider Bermuda to be Caribbean; Bahamas either for that matter).
All that being said, you mentioned you'd like something different, and Antigua may be a fit for you. I have owned a home there for over two decades, so obviously I love it. It is a very safe island. I do think that various people experience Antigua very very differently depending on where they stay----which often drives what they do.
I might be able to be more help if you can be more specific on what you like most about Bermuda and the Bahamas.
Thanks for the detailed information. It actually does sound great (the more casual, the better!) Thanks, again.
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