Antigua: More Than Just Beaches

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Antigua Has More Than Meets the Eye!

Situated in the Caribbean east is Antigua. Antigua is southeast of St. Kitts and north of Guadeloupe and Dominica. It is the island that people dream of visiting when they fantasize about a Caribbean getaway. When people think of Antigua, they think of its beautiful ocean views and bright blue waters. What most people don’t realize is that there is a lot more to this island than stay at the beach.  Beaches like Half Moon Bay, Dickenson Bay, Galley Bay, and Valley Church are definitely spectacular. It is hard to top them for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling fun, but there is so much more to do.  Here are three things to make sure you see on your next trip to Antigua.

Betty’s Hope- A Bit of The History of Antigua

Betty’s Hope was the first and the most abundant sugar plantation on the island of Antigua. It stands as a reminder of the role that Antigua played in the British Colonial Era. It was a plantation that helped Britain generate considerable wealth in the Caribbean.  Betty’s Hope Named for the daughter of one of the former owners & established in 1674. The visitor’s center and museum educate tourists on the daily lives of slaves on this plantation. It also offers a way to step back into the past and understand Antigua’s rich history.

antigua st john's cathedral

St. John’s Cathedral

St. John’s Saturday Morning Market

St. John is the capital of Antigua and is the center of island life on Saturday mornings. This market draws in vendors from all over and provides a wonderful place for tourists to spend time. This market is a beautiful reflection of Antigua. You can get in touch with the locals, their incredible culture, and their fun way of life.

Nelson’s Dockyard National Park and Shirley Heights

Located in English Harbor, Nelson’s Dockyard served the British Naval Fleet during the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). It also served as the headquarters for Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson from 1784-1787. The dockyard has shops, restaurants, cafes, shops, and even a museum where you can spend a fantastic day out.  If you are a little more adventurous,

Shirley Heights is a great hike that you can take from the Dockyard. Shirley Heights is almost 500 feet above sea level,. The summit of this hike allows for views of both Guadeloupe island and Montserrat. It is also a prime spot for a great Sunday night party at the Shirley Heights Lookout Bar and Restaurant. For more nightlife fun head to Falmouth and English Harbors.

Have you had an opportunity to visit Antigua? Leave me a comment below to tell me what you liked most. When you’re ready to visit this piece of paradise by land or by sea, schedule some time so we can plan your trip to Antigua!