Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Antigua

Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:37pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With 365 beaches, one for each day of a year, Antigua in a Leeward Islands is deliberate one of gems of a Eastern Caribbean.

Palm trees and sensuous foliage line a primitive shores of a island, that was once an critical bottom for Britain. Today, Antigua is a stop for journey ships, that wharf in a collateral St John’s, and a sailing and yachting destination.

With a oppulance resorts, hotels and guest houses tourism is a many critical industry.

Although it merits a longer stay, visitors can still make a many of a brief revisit to Antigua, that is only 108 block miles, and has about 68,000 residents.


Unless roving by boat, visitors to Antigua arrive during V.C. Bird International Airport in a capital, St. John’s, that has approach flights from U.S. and European cities and is a brief expostulate to a resorts on a island’s western Caribbean seaside or a eastern Atlantic coast.

Take a minivan or cab to your hotel, or if we are formulation to unequivocally learn Antigua lease a automobile for your stay. Driving is on a left side of a road. The island is not really large, a roads are paved and good noted and Antiguans are happy to offer directions.

6:15 p.m. – After settling into your review or hotel suffer a cocktail on a beach while examination a object set over a Caribbean and afterwards take a wander on a white sandy seaside before dinner.

8:00 p.m. – Time to eat. Some resorts offer comprehensive stays including dishes and many have restaurants catering to their guests, though eateries charity all forms of cuisine can be found around a island.

If we are not eating during your resort, conduct to Nelson’s Dockyard, that was named after British Admiral Horatio Nelson, on a southern finish of a island and try a Admiral’s Inn (460-1027 1153). It offers general and West Indian cuisine and internal seafood.

10:00 p.m. – The night is still immature so conduct to Abracadabra (460 2701), an Italian grill only outward Nelson’s Dockyard that transforms into an outside nightclub in a early hours.


9:00 – After an early morning breakfast, conduct to a beach for a float in a transparent bluish waters of a Caribbean. All of a beaches on Antigua are open to a public.

Many resorts situated on a beach have giveaway kayaks and windsails for guests, and there are copiousness of locals charity jet-ski and catamaran rides or diving and snorkeling trips for a some-more adventurous.

12:00 p.m. – Take a mangle from a object and conduct south on Valley Road, that runs along a southwestern bend of a island, to Deadwood Beach, one of a island’s many pleasing beaches, where we can lunch during a internal grill right on a beach.

Try a tuna or conch salad and internal fruit juices such as guava and tamarind.

1:00 p.m. – After lunch we competence wish to try something totally different, expostulate serve south along a seashore highway until we strech Fig Tree Drive, a circuitous highway into a rainforest that is lined with sensuous foliage including banana, guavas, mango and orange trees.

Stop during a tip of a highway during a core for a Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour (562-6363), where Rangers lead visitors on zip-lines opposite a fill each day solely Sundays.

Not for a faint-hearted, a full canopy debate takes about 2.5 hours. Bookings are recommended. If time is singular there is a 75 notation debate on 9 zip lines adult to 360 feet and 300-feet long.

A 99-year-old male is a oldest to finish a tour, according to a rangers. The debate is not endorsed for profound women or people with back, knee or shoulder problems or those with a heart condition.

If traversing a fill on zip lines fills we with dread, we can still suffer a fantastic views and have a splash or break during a bar/cafe or observation veranda and strike a present shop.

6:00 p.m. – After a lovely showering and change of garments during your hotel watch another implausible nightfall before dinner.

8:00 p.m. – Head to Dickenson Bay during a northwestern finish of a island where several resorts including Sandals Grande Antigua Resort Spa, Antigua Village, Halcyon by Rex Resorts and a Buccaneer Beach Club are situated.

The Bay House Restaurant (462 1223) during Trade Winds Hotel on a mountain that overlooks a brook serves general dishes with a Caribbean twist. If we cite a grill closer to a beach, try Coconut Grove Restaurant Beach Bar (462 1538), that also has a happy hour from 4:30-7 p.m. Reservations are endorsed during all a restaurants.

10:00 p.m. – For late night party a Rush Night Club (562 7874) during circuitously Runaway Bay facilities Hip Hop, RR and other forms of music.

Visitors anticipating to try their fitness during Black Jack, roulette, poker or on a container machines should conduct to King’s Casino (462 1727) in Heritage Quay in St John’s. It is open until 4:00 a.m. 7 days a week.


9:00 a.m. – After an early light breakfast expostulate to St John’s for a travel around a city and some shopping. Visit a shops during Heritage Quay and also Historic Redcliffe Quay during a bottom of Redcliffe Street nearby a journey boat pier.

11:00 – St John’s Cathedral, between Newgate and Long Streets, was creatively assembled around 1683 and totally rebuilt in 1843 following an earthquake. Although it is now sealed for restoration, visitors can travel around a commanding Baroque-style structure and perspective a commemorative stones around a cathedral.

12:00 – Drive to a southern finish of a island to Shirley Heights Lookout (728 0636) for their Sunday Barbeque Party finish with steel bands. It is a tradition that has been going for 30 years. The views are monumental and it is an ideal stop before streamer to a airfield for a lapse home.

(Reporting by Patricia Reaney)

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