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English HarbourAntigua and Barbuda

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.

Top hotels in English Harbour

The Waterfront Inn
The Waterfront Inn
2.5 out of 5
The Compton Building, Dockyard Drive, English Harbour
The price is £68 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan

Situated near the beach, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites and Nelson's Dockyard. Admiral House ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Antigua trip for Sailing

"I recently had the pleasure of staying at the waterfront Inn Hotel both before and after my RYA sailing course in Antigua. The experience was fantastic with such a great location, clean and tidy with great views of the Marina. It is literally on the doorstep of everything that is happening in that ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Dec 2019

The Waterfront Inn
Admiral's Inn and Gunpowder Suites
Admiral's Inn and Gunpowder Suites
3.5 out of 5
Nelson's Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua
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Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is steps away from Admiral House and Nelson's Dockyard. Pigeon's Point Beach is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

4.6/5Wonderful! (82 reviews)

"The room, the staff, and the view were all amazing. 10/10 would go back tomorrow if I had time"…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2020

Admiral's Inn and Gunpowder Suites
Gunpowder House & Suites
Gunpowder House & Suites
4 out of 5
Nelson's Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua
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Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is steps away from Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites and Nelson's Dockyard. Clarence House and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Excellent hotel

"We had an amazing stay the food and service both at Boom and PIllars was excellent. We have rebooked for march 20"…"

Reviewed on 1 Feb 2020

Gunpowder House & Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in English Harbour

Energie Antigua
Energie Antigua
3 out of 5
Antigua Avenue, English Harbour, English Harbour

Situated near the beach, this spa holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites and Nelson's Dockyard. Admiral ...

Energie Antigua
Blue Moon Antigua
Blue Moon Antigua
3.5 out of 5
C/o Galleon Beach Resort, English Harbour

Located in English Harbour, this beachfront villa is in the historical district, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Galleon Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Nelson's Dockyard. ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
A truly relaxing vacation

"I was looking for some pure relaxation, nothing scheduled, just some down time. The views from the villas are amazing, and I spent a lot of time looking out at the boats in English Harbour, drinking coffee and catching up on my reading. Michael and Shonnie are gracious hosts and very helpful with ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Feb 2018

Blue Moon Antigua
2 Charming Studio Apartment with Stunning Sea Views.Great Rates
2 Charming Studio Apartment with Stunning Sea Views.Great Rates
falmouth harbour, English Harbour, Saint Paul

Situated on the waterfront, this historic apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites and Nelson's ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6 reviews)
Great location

"Overall as advertised but no dedicated parking. Also more than two flights of stairs. Noise did not bother me as I’m deaf but was loud at times Fabulous view from balcony"…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020

2 Charming Studio Apartment with Stunning Sea Views.Great Rates
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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5/5 - Excellent

Ros

16 Feb 2020

“Boom” for dinner - great ambience, live music and view. Booked via website and my request of waterside table for two was accommodate. Main meal - fish of the day was ok-good (I thought small portions). The starter of sashimi was very tasty.

5/5 - Excellent

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26 Feb 2019

Absolutely stunning location, will be back for a 3rd time next year

4/5 - Good

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24 Feb 2019

Lots of reasonable places to eat. ATM in Nelson’s Dockyard. Worth going to Island Fusion Restaurant in neighbouring Falmouth harbour.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Feb 2019

Loved it - so tastful and atmospheric with much history too.

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