Day Tripping, Antigua

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Approximately 4,000 miles from London, across the North Atlantic Sea, is the most idyllic little Caribbean island. 

Welcome to Antigua. 

Antigua

Just 14 miles long and 11 miles wide it is populated by around 100,000 of the friendliest people on Earth. DG and I were more than happy to while away our week long holiday swinging on our hammocks, cocktail in hand and enjoying the views but felt it was only right that we spent some time getting to know this beautiful island and its history.

Antigua

We booked a tour from family run business, “Antigua VIP Safari Tours”. We were lucky enough to spend the day with Sean, a true Antiguan gent, who clearly loves his country. Sean is a fountain of Antiguan knowledge and was able to answer any questions we fired at him during our trip. The best thing about the tour is that Sean bases it on what you are interested in, whether you want a tour of the best beaches, or a historical experience; Sean is your man.

We wanted to find out about local life and see some amazing views so with a rum punch in hand and the sun blazing down on us, we set off.

First stop was the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, host to the 2007 Cricket World Cup which prompted lots of sport chat from the boys. Yawn. I kept quiet! 

Antigua

Next was on to our history tour; Betty’s Hope is the oldest and most successful sugar plantation in Antigua which forced many Antiguans and Africans into slavery. Originally established in 1650, it operated in varying capacities all the way through 1944! The plantation is under renovation to develop a site to remember those who worked and lost their lives at Betty's Hope and also to educate locals and visitors about Antigua’s past. It's a place with a powerful history and a must visit for a trip to the island. 

Antigua

Antigua

Antigua

Devil’s Bridge, a picturesque point on the north eastern tip of Antigua with a disturbing history.

Antigua

Antigua

Nelson’s Dockyard is a cultural heritage site and marina regularly used for yachting events with the richest people from around the world showing off in their fancy boats. Jealous! Named after Admiral Nelson, who lived there from 1784 to 1787, the area is steeped in history so we spent our time mooching around, eating ice cream and playing in the museum and shops Then just sat in the sun dreaming about owning a magnificent yacht.

Antigua

Antigua

Antigua

Antigua

Antigua

Next stop; at the Southerly tip of Antigua is Shirley Heights with the most spectacular views and some damn good jerk chicken. The spice blew DG's mind because he's a wimp!

If you want to party whilst in Antigua then the Sunday night sunset parties at Shirley Heights are definitely the place to be. For us, the pull of the all inclusive bar at our hotel was too strong to resist so we stayed put.

Antigua

Throughout the day we saw perfect beaches, ate the freshest pineapple and saw 100’s of the famous black pineapple growing in fields. Very different to the views in London that's for sure. 

Antigua
DG's camera shy so this is all you're getting! 

Final stop for us was a drive through St John’s the bustling capital city.

 Our overwhelming feeling about Antigua was that it’s an island filled with happy, friendly people with the most colourful personalities. You would feel completely safe going out on your own to explore the island which isn't always true of it's Caribbean neighbours. Tourism is very important to Antigua and the locals make you feel like long lost friends.

Big thanks to Sean for teaching us all about his home and what it has to offer. Check out his website to book on your own tour. 

I know we’ll be back.

Antigua

Little London Girl x

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