Antigua is the main island of the country of Antigua and Barbuda and its capital is St John’s, where the cruise ships dock. The country is very reliant on tourism, not only from the cruise ships, but also from the smaller yachting and sailing community, due to its safe and attractive harbours, particularly near English Harbour Town and the village of Falmouth. A number of hotels and resorts are located around the coastline and many celebrities from the sporting and entertainment worlds have homes here. Antigua’s former membership of the British Commonwealth explains why the game of cricket is popular here. The island has produced four superlative cricketers in Andy Roberts, Richie Richardson, Curtley Ambrose and Viv Richards. The new cricket stadium is named in his honour.
|Antigua Cricket Legends and Stadiums Tour from St John’s – $114.99
Love a good game of cricket? You’ll be bowled over by this 3.5-hour tour from St John’s that spotlights the West Indies team. Former player Keith Fredericks takes you behind-the-scenes at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, and then to pay tribute to the players celebrated in the West Indies Cricket Hall of Fame. Your tour finishes at the hallowed Antigua Recreation Ground, a beloved stadium home to trumpet-playing crowds. The final touch comes when you meet one of Antigua’s greatest players in person. Get autographs and take photos of Curtly Ambrose, Richie Richardson, Andy Roberts or Viv Richards himself!
We were treated to a tour of the island with Scenic Tours Antigua in a small bus for eight. The island’s economy was founded on sugar production and remnants of that industry can still be seen. Our tour took us through the parishes of St George and St Peter as we made our way south to the viewpoint of Shirley Heights in the parish of St Paul. From here we had exceptional views of Nelson’s Dockyard, a restored British colonial naval station, the world’s only remaining Georgian dockyard still in use. It gets its name from the Lord Horatio Nelson who spent some time there developing the port when it was a base for British naval domination in the area. The site itself is a quaint step-back in time, with timbered cottages and former military barracks, crafts shops, restaurants, and two restored 18th-century hotels – the Admiral’s Inn and the Copper & Lumber Store Hotel. The former Naval Officers’ House is now the Dockyard Museum, displaying ship models, mock-ups of English Harbour, displays on the people who worked there and typical ships that docked, silver regatta trophies, maps, prints, antique navigational instruments, and Nelson’s very own telescope and tea caddy.
On our return to St John’s more great views of the rugged coastline were afforded at Blockhouse Hill, looking out to the Atlantic Ocean. The people of Antigua claim they have 365 beaches on the island. I’ll have to take their word for it!
|Island Safari 4×4 Discovery Tour from St John’s – $148.99
Visit some of the most beautiful landmarks in Antigua on this Island Safari 4×4 Discovery Tour from St John’s! This tour offers you an exciting off-road adventure, taking you to many Antigua landmarks, including Devil’s Bridge and Betty’s Hope Sugar Plantation.
|Antigua Zipline Canopy Adventure from St John?s – $98.99
Soar like a bird through the Antigua rainforest as you follow a series of ziplines, suspension bridges and ropes challenges on this half-day aerial adventure! Under the watchful eye of experienced guides, strap on your helmet and harness for an exhilarating ride. You’ll crisscross over a beautiful gorge, taking in the sights of fruit trees, vines and mossy boulders below. Bottled water, fruit drink, banana bread and a certificate of completion are included on the action-packed trip.
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