Cruising definitely means a plethora of views along the way. After all, you are on a ship surrounded by water! But exploring islands like Antigua affords even more lovely vantage points as you visit beaches and other coastal areas. What a lovely island!
I was invited by Windstar Cruises to enjoy their ship and write about my journeys. All opinions are my own, and this was my second journey with Windstar (the first was over a decade ago!).
Things to Do on Antigua
A sugar plantation that dates back to the 1600s, Betty’s Hope is interesting, yet a bit run down, although restoration has slowly been happening since 1990. Oddly enough, there were a lot of goats roaming while we were there, and I enjoyed taking a peek at them. The sugar mills of Antigua are interesting, and many of the islands have remains of these former structures.
As part of Antigua’s coastline, this area offers fabulous views, but the water is way too aggressive to enjoy any ocean activities. Interestingly enough, the rocks were worn away from the salt water, and I was pleasantly surprised to find a foliage that could survive that environment. A bit of
Long Bay Beach
After Devil’s Bridge we were ready for a bit of a respite, so we stumbled – literally – upon Long Bay Beach. We had a map, but we wandered the island for the day happily coming upon amazing stops! This beach was relaxing, fairly quiet, and the water was perfectly clear.
As a sidebar about Windstar Cruises. They allow each of their guests to sign out a snorkeling kit, which is so nice! We took ours so many places, and it was fun to just swim around leisurely around Antigua and look for fish. See my sweetie in his mask enjoying the sunshine.
At first, Nelson’s Dockyard was a little of a disappointment. It’s not that it wasn’t a great place, but it was more due to our expectations of what it was. I enjoy forts and thought that this would be a typical fort (it does have one as you will see below).
We walked through a few local vendors with wares to get to the dockyard, which is a working marina. The old buildings have been converted into shops and restaurants to service visitors – both by boat and land.
The fort was a little hard to find. It’s ground level, and you have to go around a walkway to the right of the dockyard. We did walk out and there were some lovely views of the coast and the boats in the dockyard, but it still wasn’t the vantage point I wanted.
Since Nelson’s Dockyard is historic, it is part of the park system, and our ticket to the dockyard also included entrance into Shirley Heights, which was a redeeming factor for me. I could not believe how breathtaking the view from Shirley Heights was! I dare say that the last picture in this section is one of my favorites. It is the view looking back onto the dockyard. STUNNING!!
We saw on the map that there was a Mount Obama, which interested us, and we were able to find it! Being in a car wasn’t very advantageous for climbing a mountain, but we were able to drive up quite a ways through the rainforest, which was so green.
The Beach and Restaurants
At this point, we had a full day of fun driving around, so we decided to relax a bit at a restaurant. I don’t remember the name or what I ate (I’m not a seafood lover at all). I do recall that the view was gorgeous, and the sound of the waves was mesmerizing. We grabbed a bite to eat and then watched the sun set on the beach before we headed back to the ship. What a lovely time on Antigua!