If you haven’t visited the tropical Caribbean island of Antigua before, you’re in for a treat. It’s famous for its white-sand beaches and enjoys a pleasant year-round temperature, but there is so much more to see and do... if you want to, of course. Here are some recommendations from Elegant Resorts’ Resort Manager, Rosalind Bersma, who has the pleasure of working in the luxurious destination of Antigua.
Betty’s Hope Sugar Plantation. Established in 1650, but long since declined, it’s now a lovely open-air museum. Take a little stroll and see its unique twin windmills and exhibits from Antigua’s sugar era.
Devil’s Bridge One of Antigua’s most photographed sites, this naturally formed bridge was created by the erosion of the sea and there are several blowholes around the area too − if you like swimming in the sea, you’ll find it’s a popular spot to do so.
English Harbour Visit Nelson’s Dockyard − named after Admiral Lord Nelson who was based at English Harbour from 1784 to 1787 − where today, private yachts have replaced the Naval vessels. If you take your history seriously, why not join a tour of this historical Georgian-style harbour (the only one of its kind in the world) with its magnificent courtyard? There are restaurants and bars to relax in afterwards too.
Shirley Heights Up above English Harbour, is Shirley Heights − once the island’s colonial observation post and now home to some of the partially restored fortifications. But, it’s the breathtaking views − that stretch out towards Montserrat and Guadeloupe − that attract most visitors. If you’re heading up on a Sunday, you can join the weekly barbecue (from approximately 3pm to 9pm) that gives you the chance to samples good food and rum punch, as well as great music.
Fig (Banana) Tree Drive While this drive is a popular activity, admittedly it’s not the most comfortable of rides! However, most would agree that it’s worth it. You’ll get to see some of Antigua’s most spectacular natural scenery, including banana, mango and coconut groves, as well as old sugar mills.
Helicopter tours Take to the skies for a bird’s-eye-view of the entire island. After any excursion we recommend that you travel back to your resort along the scenic coastline, by way of a number of quaint villages, to round off your island tour.
Rosalind stresses that there’s so much to see and do on her tiny island that she would always advocate returning to the island to try out anything you missed out on the first time round!