5/5 - Excellent
Verified traveller26 Feb 2019
Absolutely stunning location, will be back for a 3rd time next year
Colonial landmarks, white-sand beaches, coral reefs and watersports give this historic town in southern Antigua a true Caribbean flair.
The English Harbour settlement blends British colonial history with quintessential West Indies beaches. This town spreads around a sheltered natural harbor at Antigua’s southernmost tip, where for almost 200 years it served as a base for the British Navy. Visit English Harbour to tour the restored Georgian dockyard, ruined forts and hilltop lookouts. Bask in the glorious sunshine at the laid-back beaches decorating the coastline.
Immerse yourself in colonial heritage at Nelson’s Dockyard, the former naval marina on the harbor’s western shores. Admire the one-time storehouses, restored to their 18th-century appearance and now the site of art galleries, boutique hotels and restaurants. Learn about Antigua’s maritime importance at the Dockyard Museum, housed in a building that was Horatio Nelson’s home from 1784 to 1787. Follow a short trail to the ruined Fort Berkeley and enjoy superb views across the bay to the Pillars of Hercules.
Walk 20 minutes west from the dockyard to Pigeon’s Point Beach, a quiet beach overlooking Falmouth Harbour. The mild, transparent water is great for refreshing swimming and snorkeling. From here another trail leads to secluded Windward Bay Beach.
On the harbor’s eastern side, Galleon Beach offers more swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing opportunities. Marvel at the panoramic island views at Shirley Heights, a lookout, restaurant and old military barracks accessible via the Lookout Trail. The Carpenter Rock Trail is a scenic walking route between the lookout and Galleon Beach. Take a guided tour of the royal residence Clarence House and browse exhibits about the island’s past at Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre.
Indulge in a day of all-inclusive food, massages and watersports at Mamora Bay. In the town center, dine on Caribbean dishes at casual and fine-dining restaurants. Fungee (dumplings of cornmeal and okra) is a popular Antiguan dish.
Arrive in English Harbour on one of the cruise ships that dock at St. John’s. You can also fly to V.C. Bird International Airport from major cities in Canada, the U.S. and neighboring Caribbean islands.
Reviewed on 8 Nov 2019
Reviewed on 27 Sep 2019
Walk in the footsteps of Admiral Lord Nelson and visit the cafés, galleries and museum located inside the restored Georgian houses of this boatyard.
Enjoy unprecedented views and relax to the smooth sounds of calypso music at this site with military ruins and privately owned restaurant and lookout.
This golden beach overlooking Falmouth Harbour is ideal for appreciating Antigua’s constant sunshine, swimming in crystal clear water and watching pretty sunsets.
An idyllic beach that offers breathtaking views and diverse marine animal life, as well as scenic walking trails that lead to geological wonders.
Take a guided tour of this 18th-century colonial house to learn about its former residents, who range from kings to naval commanders.
Stand on the walls of this ruined fortress, enjoy sublime views and contemplate the challenges faced by colonists in defending the harbor.
Share in an Antiguan tradition that has been going on for over 31 years at the Shirley Heights lookout party. Every Sunday evening, beginning at 4 PM the night comes alive with the energetic music of steel drum bands.
Embark on an immersive journey which pairs Drone technology with First Person View Goggles to allow participants to experience a bird's eye view of the beautiful island of Antigua.
Visit Stingray City and snorkel with some new friends among the coral reef and blue Caribbean waters. Don't be fooled by their name—stingrays are friendly and graceful creatures. Your day starts with a briefing on equipment and safety before boating out to Stingray City near the quaint fishing village of Seatons.
The St. Mary's Safari West takes you past Hermitage Beach through Bolans Creek into Palm village, through Jennings Paddock into Green Castle via Orange Valley bypass, then to the beach to cool off before a fun packed ride back to base.
Explore the southern end of Antigua and a multitude of sights and stops that capture the beauty of the West Indies. Swim in an ocean bay, get acquainted with a donkey, and admire the lush rainforest canopy.
Meet your air-conditioned taxi in the morning at St John’s Pier for the easy 10-minute drive to Runaway Beach. Arrive at a laid-back resort with beachside facilities that you can use during your visit, including your own lounge chair that you can plant along a designated strip of the stunning beach.
Verified traveller16 Feb 2019
Loved it - so tastful and atmospheric with much history too.