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Antigua Shore Excursion: Island Highlights Tour Including Beach and Bar

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Tour Summary

  • 5-hour shore excursion of Antigua highlights
  • Admire panoramas from Shirley Heights, and learn the island’s history at Dow’s Hills Interpretation Centre
  • Visit Nelson’s Dockyard and old stone windmills at Betty’s Hope
  • Enjoy free time on Darkwood Beach or Valley Church Beach
  • Port pickup and drop-off included
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
While you’re in port in Antigua, discover the island’s highlights on this sightseeing shore excursion with an informative guide. Journey back in time while exploring Betty’s Hope, the island’s first sugar plantation, and visit Nelson’s Dockyard, a former British military complex. Capture spectacular vistas at Shirley Heights and learn the island’s history at Dow’s Hills Interpretation Centre. Drive through a rainforest and along the coast, and relax on the white sands of a laid-back beach before returning to your ship.

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Antigua Shore Excursion: Island Highlights Tour Including Beach and Bar

Visit Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua

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.


  • Local guide
  • Complimentary beverage
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Worry-free shore excursion guarantee
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Maximum tour group size is 20 persons
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Departure Point

Cruise ship terminal (either Heritage or Redcliffe Quay depending where the ship is docked)

Departure Time

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5 hours (approx.)


Returns to original departure point at approximately 2pm

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