Take Your Pick
St John, Antigua
Old Timey Wind Mills
Wind Mills - At one time Antigua had hundreds of sugar plantations on the island and each plantation had at least one windmill. The windmills were used to crush the sugar cane between rollers, which in-turn created a sugary juice that was later refined down to molasses, brown sugar and white sugar. There are still nearly one hundred windmills dotting the landscape of Antigua (in varying states of disrepair), but the best examples of restored windmills are at Betty's Hope. Betty's Hope was the first large sugar plantation on Antigua and was built in 1674 by Sir Christopher Codrington. Today you can visit the restored windmills and museum to get a sense of the way sugar was produced and Antigua's contribution to the industry.
St Johns, Antigua
Cruises and the Town
St John's - St John's is the capital and largest city on Antigua, boasting a population of around 80,000. The colorful colonial cottages of this port city are mixed in with fresh fruit market stands and plenty of duty free shops, restaurants and souvenir stands. The city's main tourist attractions are the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, the mid-18th century former Court House, St John's Cathedral, Fort James and Fort Barrington. For those of you who want to head to Barbuda or Montserrat, St John's is the place to do it. The Barbuda Express naturally heads to Barbuda and aFerry will shuttle you to Montserrat. Both trips are about 90 minutes and the seas can be very rough (eat light my friends).
St Paul, Antigua
Churches of Antigua
Churches - Between Antigua and Barbuda there are nearly 200 churches of varying denominations on the two islands. One of the largest and most prominent is St John's Cathedral, an Anglican church perched on a hilltop in downtown St John's. The cathedral was originally built in 1681, then again in 1720 (both destroyed by earthquakes) and the one you see today was built in 1845. Another popular church and one of the most photographed is Barnabas Anglican Church in St Paul's (see photo). This rustic looking structure was built in the early 1800s by Bishop William Coleridge and served as a church and school.
St Paul, Antigua
Seaside Sittin'
Nelson's Dockyard - The most famous attraction on Antigua is without a doubt the historic Nelson's Dockyard. The dockyard located in English Harbour has something for everyone, historical artifacts, nautical treasures, Georgian-era structures, the Dockyard Museum, Fort Berkeley (which requires a little hike) and plenty of restaurants and shops. The harbor was first used in the late 1600s and was named after Horatio Nelson who served as a Senior Captain for nearly three decades. Today the heritage landmark is the only remaining naval dockyard designed to maintain historical wooden warships.
St Paul, Antigua
English Harbour
English Harbour - Located on the far southern corner of the island is the historic and beautiful English Harbour. English Harbour is best known for Nelson's Dockyard (see above), but there are plenty of other things to do and see. Overlooking the harbour is Clarence House, a residence built for the future King William IV (1765-1837) when he served under Nelson as captain of the H.M.S. Pegasus. Above the harbour even further, at Shirley Heights, are the partially-restored fortifications of the harbour's colonial observation post; the view from Shirley Heights extends out over the harbour and far across the Caribbean to Montserrat and Guadaloupe.
Wallings, Antigua
Good Times in the Jungle
Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour - Located in, above and through the Rainforest of Antigua is a thrilling adventure where you can enjoy the flora and fauna at a high rate of speed. The Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour offers a total of 16 thrilling zip lines, 3 aerial walk way bridges, 2 tree houses, 2 'Leap of Faith' vertical descents, 9 elements of challenge course & 3 unique combination tours. And once you are done flying high, stop in at the gift shop and pick up a photo of yourself (hopefully you will have a smile on your face rather than my terror filled look).