Blogs from Antigua, Antigua & Barbuda, Central America Caribbean


Poor internet has led to catching up Saint Johns, Antigua Blog 26th January 2020 Sunday in Antigua began as a bright sunny morning Then the heavens opened and although some of the port shops were open , not much to see unless you were maybe taken an island tour. Boasting a beach for everyday of the year is fine but when its teeming down it cant be much fun.It is described as a ‘beach with an island in the middle’ Antigua is one of the 2 major islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Ringed with coral reefs, the island is known for its many sandy beaches. Set along English Harbour, restored Nelson’s Dockyard, which Admiral Horatio Nelson made his base in the 1780s, includes a marina and the Dockyard Museum. Trails ... read more

Spoiler alert ! Antigua has a lot, and I do mean a lot, of very attractive beaches. We have visited many and stopped on several, often finding a nice spot for a bite of lunch. That was the pattern yesterday for my Birthday. We headed out west to Ffryers (yes, double ‘f’) beach and had several hours in sun and shade with a very stiff breeze at our backs. Luckily this was blowing off shore. If it been the other way round we’d have been sand blasted. Then we had a late lunch at Sheer Rocks, a simply delightful spot overlooking the beach. The prices were sky high, the portions tiny (but delicious), the service pedestrian but it was lovely way to spend 90 minutes. By the time we’d finished it was time to head back ... read more
Lovely spot for a leisurely lunch at Sheer Rocks
View of the beach from Sheer Rocks
English Harbour Sunset - again

Sunday evenings in Antigua mean one thing: Shirley Heights. Tourists from all over the island gravitate to this old military post with fabulous views out over English Harbour. There’s a fantastic (and huge!) steel band, a reggae band, bars and BBQ. Party time! All great fun but we skipped the BBQ. Since then we’ve explored gently east and west, looking at beaches and towns. More on beaches later. Yesterday we headed to the capital St. John’s. Somewhat run down but pretty lively. However the most significant thing we found were the TWO enormous cruise ships in harbour. The area around the cruise ship terminal was tourist central with a weird mix of tat and high end shopping...who buys diamonds when on a cruise? We’re convinced that not much of the tourist dollars coming in off the ... read more
Party time at Shirley Heights
Steel band. 16 players, very loud!
Cruise ship heaven?  Not really

Hi All So we’re off again for some winter sun! An early start, a slow but uneventful drive to Gatwick, and a half empty Virgin Atlantic flight to Antigua. Cathy and I were both able to take 4 seats and stretch out for bit! We picked up a hire car, drove across the island but then got ....well, lost. We simply could not find our booked villa despite maps, google maps on the phone... in the end we were rescued by a local who said “follow me”. We were only 250 metres off but in the dark could not see the place hidden up a lane (Cj: a very steep, narrow dirt track) on a hillside. However, in the morning we were welcomed by a stunning view out over English Harbour, and a very enjoyable breakfast ... read more
Pool and patio
Nelson’s Dockyard
Nelson’s Dockyard

Thursday July 11 - I had my alarm set for 5am, but because I am who I am, I woke up at 4:15 and could not go back to sleep. I got up at 4:30 and just started my day. I spent some time figuring out what I might want to do while I’m in Antigua, and what is possible to do without a car. I finished packing, ate breakfast, the usual. At 6:30 I went outside to wait for the taxi, but he was late. I went back in to call, but he didn’t pick up. I was just about to call my host, but she called me. She said the driver was running late and would be there in 10 minutes. It only took about 5, but I was kind of annoyed. He asked ... read more
On the way to Antigua
St Kitts

As we were not expecting to be in Antigua and Barbuda today, we had nothing planned at all. We did get off the ship though and had a really nice wander around the town. This was the first time off the ship for 6 days and it was nice to be on firm ground again. The pavements and roads in Antigua are in a terrible state which really surprised us as many cruise ships go there. Theresa took a little tumble, but no damage thankfully. We heard of a few people that had tumbled and hurt themselves badly. We are keeping an eye on the weather in St Thomas as we really do not want to miss that port. This is because St Thomas is our official entry point into America where your entry documents are ... read more
Todays daily
We have arrived
View from balcony this morning

Our Beautiful holiday in Antigua. Plenty of sites to see and enjoy!... read more
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First stop, back to Miami airport. We are taking the Air France flight the long way to Guadeloupe! First, breakfast time for the 2 hours direct flight to Port-au-Prince in Haiti. As of today, which is 2 weeks after our flight, Haiti is the only country in the Caribbean where I haven't set foot. Sadly for us, no way to get out of the plane here. This is not a tourist world, we are landing in a country that has suffered a lot over the past years...they were poor before the earthquake, and things have not improved a lot. So on the plane, lots of locals, and some NGO workers. Our next leg, the brunch one will bring us to Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe. Second time here...not really the most friendly locals in the region....sad to say, ... read more
It's cruise time!
Our little abin for 8 nights!
Shoot a lovely 83 at Cedar Valley, Antigua!

I had visited Antigua back in the day. At that time we stayed at an all-inclusive resort and only ventured out for any evening at the Casino, which we dubbed Casino From Hell. But that’s another story. Now I had the opportunity to appreciate what a lovely island Antigua is. As we pulled into dock we counted four other ships arriving. Since we were one of the earliest it was not too crowded. We boarded our van and fought rush hour traffic until we left St. John’s, the island’s main town and capital. Our guide Anita pointed out places of interest and told us of the island’s culture and history. Our stops today related to the time when the island was mainly sugar plantations and ruled by England. There were fourteen forts built to fortify against ... read more

Geo: 18.0404, -63.1042 I've heard other cruisers describe Sint Maarten as "Hotel California", saying: "You can check out, but you can't ever leave." Now I get it. It's happened to us two years in a row. We over stay. SXM is a bit too busy for relaxing. We long to be out in clean clear water, relaxing in a quiet anchorage. Sint Maarten is a lot of, accessible, provisioning Mecca...but quiet ain't one of them. This time, we stayed two weeks more than planned. It's not that SXM isn't fun. It's not that we don't enjoy SXM. We purposely come to SXM for those two reasons and so many more. The problem has become the weather. Talk to any local and they will tell you that weather patterns are changing. Winter winds are stronger, last ... read more

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