Attractions | Things to Do in Antigua

Some of the less talked about places of interest and the more popular attractions in Antigua

This category is for items which are attractions or points of interest (POI) for some reason. They may not always be for the tourist for example they could be of interest for business.

If you land on a sunday you better get your skates on because one of the best parties is going on from 4 til 11pm at Shirley Heights Lookout.

DO go straight after your sunday checkin if staying for just a week, it will also help your jet lag!- Calvin

You can visit any other time during normal hours apart from monday after sundown. In fact if you want the best photos come during the day. But try to make it on the sunday for the steel pan band and more contemporary Antiguan artists take to the stage. You get to dance on a decent cobblestone courtyard - take sensible flat shoes. There are some great alternative views to be had if you find the lower reaches of the garden and keep going a bit.

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Jolly Harbour gave a big boom to Antigua tourism reclaiming swamp land in the community just outside of it's neighbouring Bolans village. It was designed as the only gated community and marina in Antigua. It is now a major tourism hub and sailing destination for the island. The services to the marine community form an almost siloed revenue next to the tourism boost from holiday homes and travel related services within.
Despite its start on swampland it s still developing and so are businesses in the area and indeed JH. 

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Located in the English Harbour general area is the historic harbour bearing one of the most famous names in naval history. Nelson managed the defensive harbour for a while and Nelson's Dockyard is what you can visit today to get a flavour of life in another time in Antigua. His quarters are now a very nice museum and that is a must see if you visit the dockyard so give yourself at least an hour in the museum alone. Reading about the history here will give you a much better feel while wandering around the beautiful setting.

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Devil's Bridge is an area of natural beauty and historical significance for Antigua. It was desinganted a national park in the 1950's. Some say that you can skip it as it lacks ammenities and does not have enough of interest for the visitor. So what is it exactly? Read on to learn more.

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Escape the midday sun in the St Johns Cathedral. This is a must do spot if you are visiting the capital of Antigua St Johns.

It has been destroyed twice before once in 1683 and 1745 due to earthquakes. The latest 3rd building has a wooden shell and a stone exterior and has survived subsequent earthqualkes.

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About Fort James

Fort James is mostly a ruin but it has charm and can be combined with a visit to Russels or the newer beach bar Beach Limerz not forgetting Millers bar. The beach here is also lovely. It is quite flat around the general area so it is considered a gentle hikeable area of interest. It is possible to get there using public bus but you need to get off opposite fort road heading north near the KFC in St Johns. Taxi fares are 12 USD each way from the cruise ship dock.

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About Fort James Beach

Also known as Fort Bay Beach

This beach is popular with cruise ship visitors as it's close to the docks and offers all they need in terms of beach comforts. (Book cheap transportation NOW!) You can get a beach umbrella and beach bed while staff pamper your desires for rum punches or ice cool beer. After you had enough get showered off with fresh water showers and perhaps head into St Johns to take a look around. You could walk up to Fort James itself.

Read more: Fort James Beach | Best Cruise Ship Beach?

A new entreprenuerial spirit thrives in Antigua and nowhere moreso than in West Coast Village. If you want to rub shoulders with the expats locals and tourists in the know then wander down or park up and eat drink and be merry.

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Shell beach marina is the where you can get a boat to go to D boat attraction. It is located just the outer edge of the Antigua International Airport (ANU) on the northeast corner. In this area there are the following related items of interest click here for the northeast.

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