Antigua is home to some of the finest beach settings in the world so if you’re looking for a truly captivating day in the sunshine, this is the place to be. With over 365 beaches, there’s a slice of talcum white sand for everyone who visits. The arrival point for cruise operators is predominantly Nelson’s Dockyard, which is a bustling haven of cruise ships and super yachts. This area was once renowned for housing military forces but has been transformed for the modern day tourist industry.
St John’s is the largest city and capital of Antigua as well as being in close proximity to some of the beach scenes, including Fort James and Hawksbill. St John’s is the ideal place from which many start their exploration on the island, and from this point guests have a vibrant shopping hub, restaurants and pubs within reach.
Antigua continues to boast a unique prominence of being the sunniest island within the Eastern Caribbean. Annual rainfall here is considerably lower than many neighbouring regions and as such creates a holiday maker’s heaven to simply lay back and relax under the glistening sunshine. As well as the impeccable climate, Antigua also has the benefit of being the largest English speaking island within the Leeward isles and therefore posing the upmost welcome for British cruise ship passengers.
Depending on how passengers wish to spend their day, there is an abundance of excursion opportunities no matter the cruise operator. Guests looking to enjoy the blissful tranquillity of the many beaches, there will be shuttle service run throughout the day to nearby areas. Passengers looking to explore the cultural delights of the area may wish to venture towards the Block House Ruins and also gain a deeper insight into the historic Nelsons Dockyard. This location of Nelsons Dockyard is one of the greatest attractions in the Caribbean as although the transformation into a cruise passenger port is complete, the area still remains the last remaining Georgian naval dockyard still to be in use.
Guests looking for an exciting expedition will love the chance to swim with Stingrays in their natural environment, snorkel some of the finest locations in the world, zip line through lush rain forest, kayak around the entrancing beach scenes or even attempt a once in a lifetime 40.7 yacht race. Whatever way you decide to get the adrenaline pumping; a scintillating sip of rum will be waiting for you at the end of the day to cap off a fantastic experience.
Sporting enthusiasts will love the chance to meet a cricketing legend in the form of Sir Vivian Richards before heading to Stanford Cricket Ground, an incredible sight and home to the amazing West Indies Hall of Fame. Alternatively take in a round of gold at the world renowned championship golf course of Cedar Valley.
The glorious Caribbean beauty shines through the heart of the Antiguan backdrop, so relax and indulge at this sumptuous port of call for an unforgettable visit.