When your cruise ship docks, get to know the island of Antigua by exploring its historical treasures and natural beauty. After pickup from the port, your guide takes you to the following landmarks and provides informative commentary along the way.
At Shirley Heights, in southern Antigua, follow your guide to a lookout and capture a unique panorama of gun emplacements and military buildings from the 18th century, as well as stunning views of English Harbour, where Nelson’s Dockyard National Park is located. Then visit the museum of Dow’s Hills Interpretation Centre, perusing multimedia exhibits tracing the island’s history from first settlement to independence.
Continue to Nelson’ Dockyard and learn from your knowledgeable guide about the former British naval base dating back to the 18th century. Walk by the Admiral's Inn, officers’ quarters and other restored buildings, and then enjoy free time to wander about on your own; perhaps stroll by the marina or check out the charming boutiques.
In Pares Village, tour Betty’s Hope, Antigua’s first sugar plantation built in 1674, preserved as a monument to the slaves exploited here. Walk by the ruins of a distillery and two stone mills, one of which has been restored, and listen to historical and insightful commentary about the former sugar mill operation.
Hop back in the vehicle and travel through a rainforest on Fig Tree Drive, and enjoy views of fruit trees and rolling green hills, giving you a glimpse into what the island looked like before land was cleared to build plantations. Pass through the southwestern village of Old Road, with Mount Obama (formerly Boggy Peak) looming in the distance, and then head up the western coastline and stop at either Darkwood Beach or Valley Church Beach.
Both beaches offer peaceful alternatives to the bustle of touristic casinos and restaurants found at many other beaches on the island. Take your shoes off and walk in the soft white sand, before heading over to a nearby bar and restaurant, where you’ll enjoy a delicious drink (provided) and admire views of the impossibly blue Caribbean.
After this leisurely stop, your guide takes you back to the port.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return back to the Antigua port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.