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  • Writer's pictureCheryl Jones, CTA

"Antigua: It's More Than Just Stunning Beaches"

Updated: Jun 16, 2023

Antigua is a beautiful Caribbean island with stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters. But it's more than just a stunning beach destination.

The island's picturesque landscape has made it one of the most sought-after destinations in the Caribbean. With crystal-clear waters that sparkle under the tropical sun, white sandy beaches lined with palm trees swaying gently in the breeze, and lush green hills providing a stunning backdrop – it's no wonder why people dream of visiting Antigua.

Why is Antigua more than just a stunning beach destination? Antigua has a rich history and culture that adds to its charm. From Nelson's Dockyard National Park to Shirley Heights Lookout, there are plenty of historical landmarks to explore.

Betty’s Hope

Betty's Hope was the first and the largest sugar plantation on the island of Antigua. It stands as a reminder of the role that Antigua played in the British Colonial Era. It was a plantation that helped Britain generate considerable wealth in the Caribbean. Established in 1674, it was named for the daughter of one of the former owners. The comprehensive visitor’s center and museum educate tourists on the daily lives of slaves on this plantation. It also offers a way to step back into the past and understand Antigua’s rich history.

St. John’s Saturday Morning Market

St. John is the capital of Antigua and is the center of island life on Saturday mornings. This market draws in vendors from all over the island and provides a wonderful place for tourists to spend time. This market is a beautiful reflection of Antigua. You can get in touch with the locals, their incredible culture, and their fun way of life.

Nelson’s Dockyard National Park

Nelson’s Dockyard located in English Harbor served the British Naval Fleet during the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). It also served as the headquarters for Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson from 1784-1787. The area is filled with shops, restaurants, cafes, shops and even a museum where you can spend a lovely day out in Antigua.

Shirley Heights

Shirley Heights is a must-do hike for anyone visiting Antigua. It offers breathtaking views of the island, and on a clear day, you can see as far as Guadeloupe. The hike starts at the Dockyard, making it easily accessible to tourists staying in the area. The trail is well-marked and takes about an hour to complete.

As you ascend Shirley Heights, you'll pass through lush vegetation and encounter interesting flora and fauna along the way. Once you reach the summit, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views that are nothing short of stunning. On Sundays, there's a famous sunset party that takes place at Shirley Heights; it's a great opportunity to socialize with locals and visitors alike while enjoying live music and delicious food.

In conclusion, visiting Antigua is definitely worth considering if you're looking for a unique Caribbean experience. The island's rich colonial history, wide selection of markets, shops, and restaurants make it an ideal destination for those who want to explore beyond the beach. From historic landmarks to vibrant cultural festivals, there's always something exciting happening on this island. So pack your bags and get ready to embark on a journey filled with unforgettable experiences. Don't miss out on the opportunity to discover all that Antigua has to offer!

Book your Antigua vacation today with Lez Go Travel and experience the beauty of this Caribbean island. We offer a variety of packages to fit your budget and interests, so you can relax on the beach, explore the island's history and culture, or go on an adventure.


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