Antigua, a Cruise Port and a Land Vacation Destination.
Located in the West Indies, Antigua is 108 Sq. Miles of low undulating hills with the highest point 1319 Ft. above sea level. Barbuda is 28 miles northeast of Antigua with it’s highest peak at 125 Ft. above sea level. Barbuda boasts of some of the best beaches in the world from the finest white to pink powdery.
Antigua’s population is 70, 000 and Barbuda is 1500. This will tell you where the action is and is not. Getting there is easy with many carriers connecting from other islands. Taxis and rental cars are available. Driving is on the left hand side. Also, bicycles, mopeds and jeeps can be rented as well as guided tours. Carib Aviation has 2 daily round trips from Antigua to Barbuda and Barbuda Ferry Service offers daily trips.
Steeped in History…
A rich history starting at Nelson’s Dockyard which is part of a national park and is the only existing Georgian naval dockyard in the world. Dating back to 1797 when the English Harbor was full of working frigates, sloops, schooners and cutters bring back memories of days gone by. We loved poking around in this historical area.
If you go during this week, this island is still alive with boating enthusiasts. April is the annual Sailing Week when over a 5 day period more than 1500 sailors compete in this high speed competition. It also features the Classic Yacht Regatta and you will see the best in the world showing up. When viewing the harbor from the top of the hill, you wonder how they keep from running into each other.
St. John’s is a 21st century shopping area with the old and new from clothing to pendants. Stop in Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine for a moment of peace as you note the wooden ceilings and gorgeous octagonal pulpit.
Many places to eat are scattered around the island. Be sure to stop at Shirley Heights for Sunday afternoon barbecue with steel pan and reggae musicians and flowing rum punch will delight you.
All the traditional water activities are found on Antigua including swimming with the dolphins, turtle watching, bone fishing, horseback riding and herbal tours.
All inclusive resorts plus scores of other accommodations fit every need and budget. If just relaxing by the pool or in an elegant resort is as active you you want to be, there are many to choose from.
For a totally private experience, visit Barbuda. You may be the only one on a beach of this drowsy island. Totally untouched by progress with the principal inhabitants being the graceful frigate birds.
I would love to help you experience this Caribbean paradise.