Written by on Monday October 6, 2014
A “beach with an island in the middle” is a great way to describe this charming Caribbean Island. Antigua boasts a beach for every day of the year and some of the finest white sandy beaches in the Caribbean so you’ll definitely find one with you name on it.
Explore on your own
Your cruise ship will dock is right in the heart of the capital St Johns so it is very easy for you to go exploring on your own. The town itself is very beautiful, with white balconies houses and busy streets. Look out for the Government House, a fine example of a colonial residence set amid beautiful lawns and gardens and the Anglican Cathedral of St John, rising massively from among the mahogany trees in its churchyard.
Make sure you visit the local colourful market, great for local produce, gifts, people watching and taking photos.
The most famous attraction
An excursion I would definitely recommend and Antigua’s most famous attraction is Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour which is situated about 12 miles from St Johns. Today, the dockyard is not only preserved for posterity, but is a haven for modern yachts and motor cruisers docked in the calm waters. At the entrance is a huge water-catchment tank with low walls covered with the initials of many sailors of bygone days including those of Nelson himself. The Old Admiral’s House (named after Nelson) is now a museum with marine pictures, charts, clay pipes, models and Arawak Indian Relics. And, the Admiral’s Inn, once a storehouse and joiner’s loft, has been converted into a delightful small hotel.
Create priceless memories
For the more adventurous, take a helicopter ride to the active volcano, Monserrat. After lying dormant for half a century, the volcano rumbled to life in 1995 and has been active since. This is a rare opportunity to see an active volcano and the beautiful landscapes of Antigua.
There really is something for everyone in Antigua.
Craig White, Cruise Expert