The shopping in Antigua is not that good. As far as a good tour company goes you might consider sticking with an excursion through the cruise line. When we went to Antigua(stayed at an all-inclusive) we were a little disappointed and at times I felt unsafe which I have never really experienced in port. That is why I would suggest booking an excursion through the ship.
Carnival Triumph 2003
Carnival Destiny 2005
Carnival Destiny 2006
Mariner of the seas 2008
Freedom Of The Seas -07
Radiance Of The Seas-07
Adventure Of The Seas-05
Navigator Of The Seas-04
Soverign Of The Seas-02
Big Red Boat-93
Just got back from Antiqua and took the Lawrence of Antigua tour.
Very good and very professional. You go to Devils Bridge, Nelson
Dockyard and the beach. $35.00 each and $5.00 admission to the Bridge.
Took a group of 50 and everyone loved it.
Cutie Cat which beach is that as it looks fab. Did it have any facilities?
i'm leaning towards Jolly Beach but am not sure...we walked out in the main area and a local taxi company took the three of us for $20 total (roundtrip) to the beach, as long as we wanted, and came back and got us. it was great and absolutely gorgeous there, but the taxi driver warned us about watching our stuff because of potentially high theft. we had no problems luckily.
be sure to take insect repellant. Antigua is beautiful if you get away from the port. We stayed at hawksbill resort for a week and loved it. Also rented a car and drove to lots of historical sites and all the beaches, most of the beaches were uninhabited when we visited. We also booked some catamaran rides/rum punch fests.
we went to turner's beach in antigua with Lawrence of Antigua tour guide. There is a nice restaurant there, open air but covered. You can rent beach chairs.
Two of our group also did the zip lines and had a ball. we did the island tour, dropped off the zip liners, the rest of us got dropped off at Turners Beach, our driver went back for the zip liners and brought them to the beach then waited until we were ready to head back to town. A great day!
Had conch fritters and Wadadli beer at the restaurant at the beach and it was quite yummy!
We booked a tour with Gordan. He took us to Nelson's Dockyard, the Blockhouse, Shirley Heights, Long Bay Beach and Devil's Bridge. His tour included drinks and snacks. His cost was $40.00 per person + $5.00 admission into Nelson's Dockyard.
Here is our review with photo's of our day with Gordan.
Our tour today began at 9:30 am. We booked the Best of Paradise Island tour with Gordon.
We had no problems finding him on the boardwalk, wearing his straw hat.
[color=darkred]On the boardwalk--that’s Gordon in the white shirt!
About 20 minutes later, we boarded Gordon’s bus. There were some couples on our tour who booked the Scenic Snorkeling Adventure with Gordon but received the Island Tour with us instead. I don’t know if they were disappointed or not, but at least there were no complaints about who would get Gordon as their guide!
Gordon had a cooler filled with soft drinks and water. He made one stop during the day to purchase more drinks to restock this supply.
As we departed from the cruise ship pier, we drove through St. John’s, the capital of Antigua and passed the monument of V.C. Bird, the first Prime Minister of Antigua and its sister island Barbuda.
Our first stop was at St. Barnabus Anglican Church, a historic church in Liberta.
As we continued on our way, Gordon pulled over to the side of a road, where we climbed a few stairs to get this view.
Next we went to Nelson’s Dockyard—the world’s only remaining Georgian dockyard still in use. We had ½ hour here. After paying the $5.00 admission fee, we were given a “Personal Tour Guide Map”. Since we requested a guided tour of the Dockyard, we were told that our maps were no longer necessary and they were quickly taken away. (We thought that was a little strange). Anyway we followed our guide a short distance, where she stopped and talked a little about the history of Nelson’s Dockyard.
It wasn’t long before it started to rain. Our guide told us to look around and we’ll meet back after the rain stops.
We went inside the Admiral’s House which is now a museum and gift shop.
It didn’t rain long and after investigating the Admiral’s House, our group gathered to continue the tour--but our guide was no where in sight. She had deserted us! So everyone walked around and explored the Dockyard, on their own, without the assistance of a Guide Map!
Personally, I didn’t think there was that much to see at Nelson’s Dockyard. Although the historic buildings depict beautiful Georgian architecture, I thought they would be restored as a museum, showing what they were used for back in the 1700’s. Instead most of the historic buildings were converted into restaurants, hotels, offices or shops.
The Officers Quarters Building now houses a restaurant, pharmacy, art gallery and picture framing shop
The Officers Quarters Building and Capstan House from the pier
We did walk around the grounds and saw some interesting things, like the massive Camelford Anchor, the three capstans used to remove barnacles from vessels and the Boathouse pillars with wet dock.
This was also interesting--an old cannon sticking out of the ground for decoration
One of the Capstans
It would have been interesting to walk over to Fort Berkeley, but we didn’t have enough time to do that.
On our way out, we asked for a tour guide map. . .now we know what we saw!
Once back on Gordon’s bus, it was a short drive to the Blockhouse. This was a lookout post and stronghold in 1787. The officer’s quarters and main buildings now lie in ruins.
View from the Blockhouse—we could see Eric Clapton’s house
Another beautiful view
A large restored gunpowder magazine
The cistern and catchment area of the Blockhouse
It was another short drive to Shirley Heights, located on the most southerly point on the island. From here we got a fantastic view of English Harbour—a safe harbour for ships during hurricanes.
Gordon told us that every night a large chain would be drawn across the channel from Fort Berkeley. This was done to block ships from entering the harbour which helped to prevent sieges. I thought that was pretty amazing!
Shirley Heights Guard House
Our next stop was Long Bay Beach. We spent 1 ½ hours here.
For those that wanted to go snorkeling they had the opportunity to do that here. Even Gordon went snorkeling!
Our last stop was Devil’s Bridge located on the Atlantic side of the island. The surf is very rough here, so Gordon made sure everyone walked where it was safe!
During the course of the day, Gordan offered us delicious sour bread with cheese and fresh, juicy pineapple. After our beach stop Gordon wanted to offer us some meat patties, but when he opened up the container, he only had one left. He ended up giving the last meat patty to our youngest son. No one else in our family got a meat patty as he had run out. It is possible that Gordan didn’t have enough meat patties for everyone, but I’m guessing people were helping themselves to them and took more than one.
We had a great day touring the island with Gordon. Gordon was an excellent guide. He kept his eye on everyone in the group and explained points of interest at all the stops.
My wife and I did the segway tour through Segway Antigua. Wonderful people. They meet you at the peir. A wonderful local gal owns and runs the operation. You start out (after the mandatory half hour orientation) near a beach restaurant and go through the countryside, along a beach to Nelson,s fort and then for a drink back at the restaurant. Theywill drop you off anywhere you want. We got dropped off in the downtown area within site of our ship where the locals shop. As you get closer to the peir the shopping changes to the standard tourist fare.
Bob and Janet
Windsor, Ontario, Canada