Seeing as the Antigua Yacht Charter Show takes place in just a few days, from December 4th to the 10th, we thought we would make this our destination for December.
Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour, Falmouth Harbour Marina and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina will be host to the 55th annual show. There’ll be yacht hops, crew parties, seminars, the charter chef competition, the chef and stewardess race and tons more to see and enjoy. It’s well known for it’s relaxed atmosphere, endless rum, and fantastic opportunities to jump on board the yachts on display and meet the Captains and crew.
Antigua is packed with plenty to keep you busy outside the show. For water sports, a restaurant-bar and souvenirs, head to Turner’s Beach. Half Moon Bay is great for windsurfing and snorkelling, and if you want to find a quiet slice of heaven then Rendez Vous and Hermitage Bay are a couple to try… Although with hundreds of beaches to choose from, were sure you’ll find your perfect spot….if you have time to explore them all!
Must see places on Antigua include Devil’s Bridge, a naturally formed limestone arch at Indian town Point, where the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea collide and crash through the bridge. If museums are your thing, then visit the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda in the 1750 courthouse, or the Dockyard Museum in Nelson’s Dockyard, where you’ll find all kinds of wonders! Take a sugar plantation tour, there are many on the island, Betty’s Hope being the largest and first one built in 1674. If you’re missing the yachts, then stepping inside St John’s Cathedral has the feel of being inside a ship, with it’s wooden interior!
If you want to get the adrenaline going, how about a spot of zip-lining through the rainforest? Visit Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tours and take in a view (travelling at some speed) of the rainforest from 200-300 feet up. Active opportunities also include diving, golf, horse riding, windsurfing, kiteboarding and a whole host of water sports.
Fill your evenings with entertainment at bars and pubs found around English and Falmouth harbours, or at the island’s many resorts. Restaurants offer Italian, Asian, French and of course the best Caribbean food. Shirley Heights is the place to be on Sundays! A legendary party, with BBQ, live music and of course rum, is a weekly occurrence! It’s an amazing setting in 18th century military fortifications, and boasts views of the island of Guadeloupe and the active volcano Montserrat.
Last but not least… did you know…
Antiguans LOVE cricket!
There are no permanent rivers on the island, and just 3 streams.
The Antiguan racer snake is one of the rarest snakes in the world.