Visitor attractions in Antigua
There are lots of visitor attractions in Antigua and nearby Barbuda.
In Antigua, attractions include the St. John's Anglican Cathedral, the Botanical Gardens, the Wallings trail, the Sleeping Indian, Mount Obama formerly known as Boggy's Peak, the Pillars of Hercules and Hell's Gate.
In Barbuda, you can visit the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, Martello Towers, the Darby Caves and Indian Cave at two foot bay.
English Harbour, Antigua
English harbour is one of the finest natural harbours in the Caribbean, and is a sailors paradise, features among its attractions Nelson's Dockyard. There is a vibrant sailing community, with streets lined with bars and restaurants where you can enjoy fantastic seafood dishes or sample the local rum.
English harbour hosts the annual Antigua Sailing Week at the end of April, which draws people from all over the world for this famous sailing regatta.
Nelsons Dockyard National Park, Antigua
Nelson's Dockyard was used by Admirals Nelson, Rodney and Hood as a secure home for the British Navy during the Napoleonic wars and served as the headquarters of the fleet of the Leeward Islands during the late 18th century.
The only Georgian dockyard in the world, Nelson's Dockyard has been completely restored, and forms part of a designated national park, complete with a museum, shops, hotels, restaurants and a yacht haven. The park embraces the whole of English Harbour and Shirley Heights.
Shirley Heights, Antigua
You can enjoy the best view in Antigua from Shirley Heights. Sitting high above English Harbour, you can enjoy a breathtaking views across Antigua or out into the Caribbean ocean.
Every Sunday afternoon, Shirley heights is the place to be as you can enjoy a barbecue, rum punch and a steel band, as you watch the sun set into the evening.
Fort James, Antigua
Fort James is a historic and pituresque bastion. originally built in the first half of the 18th century, it was intended to guard the harbour of St. John's.
Today the Fort's walls remain in good condition and a few of the cannons still survive. What hasn't dminished is the excellent view of the surrounding harbour.
Old and new combine as the newest development in downtown St John's, Heritiage Quay features hotels, duty-free shopping, restaurants and a casino.
Fig Tree Drive, Antigua
Fig Tree Drive passes through lush vegetation and rainforest, from the low central plain of the island rising through the steep volcanic hills of the Parish of Saint Mary before falling back down to the coast again. Passing through the farmlands opf Fig Tree hill (figs are what Antiguans call bananas), you will pass banana, mango, and coconut groves, as well as a number of old sugar mills and pleasant little churches.
Betty’s Hope, Antigua
The first large sugar plantation on Antigua, Betty's Hope led the development of large-scale sugar production. Betty's Hope was built by Sir Christopher Codrington, who came to Antigua in 1674 from Barbados, and was named after his daughter.
The site is now designated an open-air museum, and features two restored stone sugar mills and the remains of the stillhouse, the only surviving structures.
Indian Town National Park, Antigua
Situated on the extreme Eastern point of Antigua is Indian Town Point, which is believed to have been an Arawak campsite before the arrival of European colonists. Indian Town Point features a large, natural limestone arch, called Devils Bridge. At high tide, it provides spectacular sights as the rough waves of the Atlantic ocean force huge geysers of water through boreholes in the rocks.