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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!
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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.
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.
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.
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