Untouched beaches. Duty-free shopping. Sailing and snorkeling. Kayaking and zip-lining. There are so many amazing things to do when you visit Antigua. Located in the Caribbean, Antigua is a beautiful island filled with stunning beaches and plenty of opportunity for outdoor water sports. If you are looking for a tropical vacation that delivers, then a cruise from Antigua may be just the answer. From golfing and scuba diving to hiking, helicopter tours, and horseback riding, there is always something exciting to do in Antigua.
Currently, only Ponant and Star Clippers offer cruises from Antigua, but many cruise lines offer cruises that include Antigua as a port of call (or destination port). Ponant’s ships L’Austral and Le Soleal feature 10- to 13-night South America and Central America itineraries. Star Clipper’s traditional sailing ship Royal Clipper offers 7-night Caribbean itineraries that stop in popular islands including Guadeloupe, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, and Barbados. The most ideal time to sail from Antigua is during the spring (March to June). It tends to get very hot during the summer months and very rainy during the winter, so it’s best to avoid those months if you want to enjoy comfortable weather during your cruise.
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These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Antigua, along with a brief description:
♦ Public Market Complex
Located right near the cruise port, the Public Market Complex is a huge bazaar where you can purchase local goods and souvenirs. Among the vendors are a fresh fish market, local produce stands (selling items such as black pineapple), handicrafts, and handmade jewelry that is made right on the spot. It is a great place to purchase some truly remarkable local goods.
♦ Nelson’s Dockyard
If you are interested in history, then you certainly don’t want to miss checking out Nelson’s Dockyard. This historic dockyard originally served as a repair site for the British Royal Navy before becoming a popular tourist attraction. You can learn all about the dockyard’s historical significance at the Dockyard Museum (located in the original naval officers’ barracks), where you can view artifacts and exhibits about what life was like when the site was an active shipyard. There is also the opportunity to visit the nearby Shirley Heights lookout, where you can take in some of the best sites on the island.
♦ Beautiful Beaches
If you are taking a cruise from Antigua, chances are that you will want to stop by one of its many beautiful beaches. Whether you’re looking to try out an outdoor activity or simply spend the day lounging, there is going to be a beach you can enjoy. If you’re looking to simply beach bum, you might consider visiting Valley Church Beach (famous for its white sand and clear water). Sports enthusiasts might prefer Jabberwock Beach, where the conditions for activities like wind surfing and surfing are always good. Pigeon Point Beach is a great beach to mingle with local residents and if you are looking for a resort-like atmosphere, definitely stop by Dickenson Bay (with plenty of restaurants, hotels, shops, etc.).
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