5 Experiences you Must do

by Female Abroad

A lot of people who head to Antigua are there just on a cruise or for about a week, so sometimes it is helpful to know what you should focus on while you are on the island to feel like you got the most out of your trip. Here are my top 5 unique Antigua experiences to check out!

  1. Explore Nelson's Dockyard
    Visit Nelson's Dockyard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in English Harbour. This historic naval dockyard is the only remaining Georgian-era dockyard in the world. Explore the restored buildings, admire the yachts in the marina, and learn about the island's naval history.
  2. 4X4 to explore where the Local's go
    Jump into a side-by-side and head to the southern side of the island through dormant farms, fields, hills, local villages, and swamps with various stops along the way before catching views of Barbuda, Montserrat, Redonda, and St. Kitts (if it's a clear day). You'll be stopping off at places like Sea Fort Beach, Diamond Hole Reservoir, Old Road Village, and more. If you are wanting to get off the beaten path, this is a great way to do it!
  3. Snorkel to the Pillars of Hercules
    See what it feels like to be James Bond by grabbing a sea scooter, snorkel, fins, and mask before hitting the water to check out the local sea life (sea turtles, various rays, tropical fish, etc.) while on your way to the Pillars of Hercules, a natural limestone formation that is a popular stop for snorkelers.
  4. Hike up to Shirley Heights
    Embark on a hike up to Shirley Heights, a historic military lookout and one of the best spots to enjoy panoramic views of Antigua. Make your way to the top for breathtaking vistas of the coastline and neighboring islands. On Sundays, don't miss the lively sunset party with live music and barbecue.
  5. Visit Betty's Hope
    Explore the ruins of Betty's Hope, a former sugarcane plantation dating back to the 17th century. Learn about the island's colonial past and the role of sugarcane in Antigua's history. The site offers insight into the island's cultural heritage and provides a picturesque setting for photography.

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