by Female Abroad

Did you know that there are 365 beaches? One of ever day of the year and they are all open to the public...

Island Attractions:

Nelson's Dockyard National Park: 15 square miles and features:

- Dockyard Museum: the original Naval Officer's House

- English Harbour: built as a naval base in 1700 and used until 1889.

- Shirley Heights: partially restored fortification that overlooks the harbour

- Dows Hill Interpretation Centre: sensational vistas with a presentation about the island's history

Stingray City: swim with and learn about stingrays - family friendly

Museum of Antigua and Barbuda: touch everything in this museum as you learn the island's history

Falmouth: former area of sugar plantations and sugar mills. St. Paul's Church is the highlight

Fort George: first settlement founded by freed slaves

Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Divine: features figures of saints that were taken from on of Napoleon's ships.

Tyrells Catholic Church: made of pink coral

Clarence House: country residence of the Governor General and built in 1787

Country Pond: built in mid-1700 and used to collect water

Police Station: built in 1772 and the fence is made from musket barrels with bayonets still attached


There are 365 beaches (one of ever day of the year) and they are all open to the public, here are our favorites:

Dickenson Bay: Powder soft white sand and calm water - good snorkeling

Johnson's Point / Crabble Hill: connected, deserted beaches on the SW coast - not good for snorkeling but good for swimming and walking

Pigeon Point: two white sand beaches - one on the calm leeward side, the other on the rockier windward side - great views and snorkeling

Jolly Harbour: day passes available for this resort to use their beach

Gallery Bay: good for windsurfing Deep Bay: popular with cruise visitors

Hawksill Beach Resort: 4 beachy coves, 1 being a nude beach

Darkwood Beach: popular on weekends by locals

Carlisle Bay: exclusive to the resort


Heritage Quay: 35 shop, mostly dutyfree - aimed at cruise crowd

Jolly Harbour Marina: galleries and shops

Public Market: old-time Caribbean shopping on Friday & Saturdays

Redcliffe Quay: most popular spot with over 30 boutiques

Vendor's Mall: jammed full of stalls with pushy vendors

Shopping streets: St. Mary Street, St. John Street, High Street, Long Street