Antigua; an idyllic island in the heart of the Caribbean, where natural beauty and luxurious accommodation meets the countries historic past. Where life’s a beach every day of the year…it’s sometimes fun to get your toes off the sand and explore. Here are our top five recommendations of places to go and things to see;
- Sunset at Shirley Heights Shirley Heights is a restored military look out over English Harbour, boasting the best views in Antigua – especially at sunset! Every Sunday from 4pm locals and visitors come together for a rum punch, delicious BBQ food and a mix of local steel bands giving you the islands finest party! This year they have reached 1,560 parties and they are still getting better and better.
- Stingray City Every day Southern Rays come to the shallow waters of Antigua’s coastline. This is the ultimate opportunity for water babies to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures. As with most Antiguan adventures, enjoy a rum punch or two on the way back, swamping sting ray tales as your journey home.
- The Donkey Sanctuary Located on the east side of the island, the Donkey Sanctuary offers visitors the opportunity to take a break from the sunshine and learn about donkeys! Each of the 150 donkeys are named, my personal favourite was Charley, a very friendly donkey who loved being brushed!
- Betty’s Hope Windmills Betty’s Hope is a former Antiguan sugarcane plantation, established in 1650. It was the first large-scale operation on the island and is a fascinating area to explore. The remains of the two main windmills still stand today and visitors are able to walk around the plantation area, learn about the industry and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Betty’s Hope.
- D-Boat Antigua D- Boat is a 1974 decommissioned oil tanker which has been converted into a state of the art floating waterpark! It is located a short 5-minute speedboat ride from mainland Antigua and is now renowned for being Antigua’s number 1 daytime experience! Onboard you will be served delicious cocktails all day and a bite to eat for lunch, in-between flying from water slide to rope swing of course