English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda
In the southern part of Antigua, English Harbour provides visitors an unforgettable Caribbean escape filled with many exciting attractions. This historic town is home to many colonial landmarks that take you back in time, while the pristine white-sand beaches offer a tranquil haven for relaxation. The coral reefs surrounding the town are a haven for marine life, making it a paradise for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts. The town's natural harbour, located at the southernmost tip of Antigua, served as a strategic base for the British Navy for nearly two centuries. With its rich history, stunning natural beauty, and endless opportunities for adventure, English Harbour is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Antigua.
One of the must-see sights is Nelson's Dockyard, the former naval marina on the harbour's western shores. The dockyard has been restored to its 18th-century appearance and now houses art galleries, boutique hotels, and restaurants. You can also visit the Dockyard Museum, located in a building that was once the home of Horatio Nelson from 1784 to 1787. You can follow a short trail from the dockyard to the ruined Fort Berkeley, which offers stunning views of the bay and the Pillars of Hercules.
For a relaxing day at the beach, visit Pigeon's Point Beach, a quiet beach overlooking Falmouth Harbour. The beach has mild, transparent water for swimming and snorkelling. Another trail from Pigeon's Point Beach leads to secluded Windward Bay Beach. Galleon Beach offers more swimming, snorkelling, and sunbathing opportunities on the harbour's eastern side.
There are also several scenic walking trails in English Harbour. The Lookout Trail leads to Shirley Heights, a lookout point that offers panoramic island views. You can also take the Carpenter Rock Trail, a scenic walking route between the lookout and Galleon Beach.
If you want all-inclusive food, massages, and watersports, head to Mamora Bay. You can also dine on Caribbean dishes at casual, fine-dining restaurants in the town centre. Fungee, a popular Antiguan dish made of cornmeal and okra dumplings, is a must-try.
To get to English Harbour, you can arrive on one of the cruise ships that dock at St. John's or fly to V.C. Bird International Airport from major cities in Canada, the U.S., and neighbouring Caribbean islands.