Still thinking about your next getaway? Here is our next Caribbean inspirational destination; Antigua for you to enjoy.
Antigua’s historic ties to Britain are reflected in the graceful English Harbour, located within Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, whilst sitting above the harbour is Shirley Heights. This partially restored colonial observation point provides impressive views across the Caribbean. However, if these are not enticing enough, be sure to visit on Sundays when the area comes alive with the “Shirley Heights Sunset Party” - a barbeque with live music.
Antigua provides a variety of accommodations representing great value for money and a host of family friendly activities and excursions!
Did you know? Antigua is know as Waladii or Wadadii" by the native population! Plus it has 365 beaches - one for every day of the year!
The best time to visit Antigua out of season is April when the daily average sunshine is 8 hours a day and temperatures at are average around 29 degrees. The end of April is also Antigua Sailing week, a major event in the sailing world calendar, lots of sailing and parties to celebrate! The best time to visit during peak season is end of July early August for Carnival, a colourful and lively celebration of the end of slavery on the island and with some of the hottest weather all year for the sun seekers!
In Antigua you'll find a variety of breathtaking natural and historical sites that will tell you about its past and culture. Devil's Bridge - located outside the village of Willikies offers a stunning glimpse into Antigua's natural formation. Nelson's Dock, which Admiral Horatio Nelson made his base in the 1780s, includes a marina and the Dockyard Museum and is fully restored to its original splendour.
Shirley Heights is a restored military lookout and gun battery, the highest point offers a superb view of English and Falmouth Harbours the best view in Antigua. The view is spectacular especially at sunset and early evening when all of English Harbour is all lit up. Plan a visit to Shirley Heights on a sunday when its host a sunset party for a great night to remember.
There is a different beach for day of the year to explore. Some favourites include Dickenson Bay; a mile of soft powder sloping gently into calm, clear waters, protected by the reef, Jolly Beach; one of the longest and widest beaches, fringed with palms and great for sizzling sunsets, or Half Moon Bay; a laid-back ruggedness on the Atlantic coast, with nearly a mile of pink sand largely protected by the reef, Half Moon Bay is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches on the island and popular with windsurfers.
Which ever beach you choose you will not be disappointed as the majority of beaches provide calm clear waters and white sands. With this in mind it makes Antigua the perfect for beach bums and also a great location for an exclusive exotic wedding.
A variety of land and sea activities await the adventure-seeker. Watersports include sailing, boat cruising, water skiing, deep sea and reef fishing, swimming with stingrays, scuba diving, snorkelling and more. For land lovers the island offers popular activities such as zip lining through the rainforest, horseback riding, hiking, island safaris, painting and cooking classes, walking tours, bird-watching adventures, and helicopter tours. With so much to see and do you may need a long stay to fit it all in!
If you are looking for nightlife - there are a variety of options to choose from St. John’s City, Dickenson Bay, Jolly Harbour and English Harbour. If you are looking for something different why not try a sunset cruise? On Friday evenings there is a weekly ‘Seafood Fridays’ in Nelson’s Dockyard. On a Sunday evening you can visit the Shirley Heights Lookout Point in English Harbour where you can enjoy steel-pan and live band music at the longest running Sunday party in the Caribbean - the Shirley Heights Sunset Party and BBQ.
As now is the best time to start planning your dream holiday in Antigua, try your hand at making their national famous dish or a rum punch, recipes below. Enjoy them whilst you explore what the islands have to offer and decide where you want to stay!
Traditional Antiguan Rum Punch
Ingredients; Half cup lime juice (best freshly squeezed), 3 cups water, 1 cup sugar 1.5 cups Cavalier Antiguan Gold Rum (or a similar light rum), 2 to 4 cups of ice, Angostura bitters, West Indian limes, halved, Nutmeg, freshly grated, for garnish
Directions; Prepare the syrup by heating 1 cup of water and sugar together until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool.
Mix together lime juice, syrup, rum and the remaining water. Pour over the ice in a large pitcher
Add 2 to 3 ice cubes to a glass with a lime half, fill with rum punch, then sprinkle with nutmeg
Swirl slightly and enjoy!
Fungie & Saltfish Buljolde is a delicious traditional recipe of salted cod served with vegetables and Antigua's national dish. Despite Fungie being derived from the italian word for mushroom, the recipe contains no mushrooms!
Prep time: 20mins | Cooking time: 60mins
Fugie Ingredients: 12 okras, 0.5lb cornmeal, 3 cups water, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 teaspoon salt.
Fugie Directions: Mix cornmeal and a cup of cold water in a large container. Put aside.
Cut the ends of the okras and cut in 1cm slices. Boil the second cup of water and blanch the okras.
Boil the third cup of water and set aside.
Slowly add the wet cassava flour mixture to the okra and water. Mix vigorously with a spatula or a wooden spoon.
Reduce the heat and slowly add the reserved cup of boiling water. Stir vigorously. The mixture should be like a jelly and should come away from sides of the pan (like a puff pastry). Simmer over low heat, covered, for about 20 minutes, stirring regularly. The fungie should be quite compact. Finally add the butter.
Saltfish Buljolde Ingredients: 2lb cod (4 pieces), 3 tomatoes (diced), 3 cloves garlic, 1 carrot (cut into strips), 1 leek (sliced), 1 red pepper (cut into strips), 1 red onion (sliced), 1 red hot pepper (sliced), half a bunch cilantro, peanut oil, half a cup water, salt & pepper to season.
Saltfish Buljolde Directions: Chop cilantro, onion and garlic with a hand blender or a chopper. Put aside.
Put a little oil in a pot and heat over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and cilantro mixture and then sauté for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes then cover and simmer 5 minutes over low heat.
Add the water, cod and the rest of the vegetables, toss, reduce the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes. Increase the heat after cooking to reduce the sauce if it is too much liquid.
Dish both up on a platter to serve and enjoy!
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