Swim Up Pool Bar
What's a pool without a Pool Bar? Yeah, I'm loving any place that has a bar in the pool. I love just floating around in the pool and grabbing a tropical drink. The pool bar had a menu with an incredible amount of specialty drinks. The big demand was for frozen blender drinks; of course it's hot outside.
Mainly we stuck to Miami Vice and Rum Runners when at the Pool; cold and refreshing.
Yeah, I love a Jacuzzi when we're on vacation. In particular the Jacuzzi at the Mediterranean Pool of our resort. The Jacuzzi was a huge circular shape. Even when it was packed with twenty people we didn't feel crowded. In the morning the place was virtually empty so my wife would take her floating mat to the jacuzzi to lounge out in the warm water before jumping in the cool waters of the pool. It was a nice way to relax especially in the evening before heading back to the room for the night.
The Nevis Pier is where most of the cruise ships dock in St. John's. During our visit to Antigua we were docked here along with another cruise ship. The pier is short 5 minute walk and ends at the shops. From here you can walk through town, catch a taxi or find a day tour.
Redcliffe Quay is another large shopping area right next to the Nevis Pier. This is where you'll get hawked to buy tours, goods and taxi tours. Once you get through the melee of people you can explore the shops full of souvenirs, clothing, local crafts and duty free items.
Hertitage Quay is the place for duty free shopping in St. John. The location is perfect; right next to the pier so all the cruise ship dollars can be spent up in their shops. The shops sell everything from camera equipment, jewelry and of course duty free liquor. Several restaurants are located throughout for a sit down meal, quick bite or just a drink.
My wife and I enjoyed doing some shopping here at Abbott’s, Fashion dock and Island Arts as well as enjoying some beer at the B-Hive. It is quite busy here especially if there are multiple cruise ships in port but that happens in any Caribbean port of call.
Duty Free Shopping
St. John is a popular cruise port destination; so of course there is tons of duty free shopping. Just steps away from the pier are tons of jewelry and liquor stores to chose from. Personally I find the prices on liquor and jewelry to be the best in St. Maarten but you can still haggle down the prices here.
We took another catamaran tour in Antigua. This excursion was booked through Celebrity and since there were only 16 of us and the boat was much larger we had a lot of space on this boat. It also had a large canape over it which was really nice when we needed some shade.
The company that runs the tours was very professional and everyone was very friendly. They provided finger sandwiches before we reached our snorkeling spot and lunch after we swam and snorkeled. It was a delicious buffet of local cuisine.
What I remember most about this outing is the amazing color of the water in Antigua. In a word: Wow. I've put together a travelogue so you can see some more photos of this outing.Related to:
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Best guide to life in Antigue and Barbuda
On every annual visit I take to the island, I make sure to flip through the latest "Life in Antigua and Barbuda guide" online. I can plan all my activities, shopping and accommodations using it. I do try to mix it up when it comes to areas I stay in, and hotels. From all inclusives to B&Bs. I like to diversify the experience.
I usually grab one of the printed guides (its a freebie) upon arrival, but the online flip version is available at http://westindiespublishing.com.
Highly Recommended!!!Related to:
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We were in Antigua on a cruise ship. I picked this ship's tour because my husband was in the Navy and I thought he would be interested in the dockyard. We also planned to look in the marina for sailboats like ours just as we have done on other Caribbean islands.
Originally called "His Majesty's Antigua Naval Yard", Nelson's Dockyard is a National Park around a harbor called "English Harbor" - a really good protected harbor for boats. It was a boat repair facility for the Royal Navy.
Actually, it was not named "Nelson's Dockyard" until after the British Navy abandoned it and turned it over to the Antigua government. Nelson WAS based here at English Harbour from 1784 to 1787. He was temporary Commander-in-Chief of the Leeward Islands for a short time.
Although we had rain showers earlier, by the time we got to the Dockyard, it was sunny. A local guide took us through the Dockyard. She was very good and informative. We toured the Mast House and other shipyard areas such as the Wet Dock and ended up at the Copper Kettle for a drink before we went back to our ship.
The old Boat House and Sail Loft was partly destroyed by a hurricane in 1871. All that remains of the original building are the massive boat house pillars. Reconstruction of Nelson's Boatyard continues up to this day of places such as the Seaman's Gallery built in 1778 (now a boutique and restaurant), the Pay Office (shops) and the 1788 Pitch and Tar Store (the Admirals Inn).Related to:
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Devils Bridge is a worthwhile visit in Antigua. Located in the Southeast side of the island, surrounded by both the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. In fact it can easily be seen where both meet. The rough Atlantic Ocean battering against the shoreline has created Devils Bridge (pictured above). The deep swells and raging waters are continuously crashing into Devils Bridge most of the year. Many people go to visit this sight and some, those who are more daring, actually walk across the bridge. It is advised not to do this, as if you fall into the Ocean there it is near impossible to escape the currents without serious injury. There are various stories of people who have fallen in and never escaped, although many of these are possible fictional. It's better to be on the careful side!
Devils Bridge area is mostly rock with some surrounding greenery and there is a small bay to one side. There is more or less always a strong breeze that will keep you cool, but this can make the strength of the sun deceiving. If you have the patience then you will be able to get some great photos of the waves splashing up against the bridge.
Nature working is magic to create an exciting and beautiful landscape.Related to:
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Paddles Kayak & Snorkel Adventure
This was probably the best run and organized tour that we have ever taken in the Caribbean, they were on time, the tour ran like clockwork, they answered their email promptly and the tour was exactly as described on their website. The owners of the business, Jennie and Conrad, are lovely hosts for the morning excursion which starts and ends at their home.
Jennie met us at the cruise dock and we drove through Antigua to get to their home where the tour started. A short motor boat ride took us to the kayaks, the flat 2 person ocean kind, and we were off to explore the mangroves. Along the way we saw pelicans up in the trees, heron, starfish and jellyfish. Another motor boat ride took us past Hell's Gate and over to Bird Island where we got off for a short hike to the top of the island for a spectacular view. He took us back over to a spot just offshore that was used for snorkeling, on this particular day the water was a bit rough and the snorkeling not so good.
After the ride back to Jennie and Conrad's home, we were greeted by their lovely dog, handed towels to wash off the salt and treated to some homemade banana bread, plantain chips and punch. Then it was back in the van for the trip back to the ship just in time for the next group of kayakers to come back in from their excursion.
This was the exact same tour offered by Princess but at a $10 discount, with a smaller group of people and an earlier start time. You should be in reasonable shape, our group had all kayaked before and were in good shape so we probably kayaked a bit longer than most groups. There was a boat following in case someone got tired.
One of the other passengers on our trip asked the motor boat drivers to swing past Hell's Gate, a natural rock formation located near Bird Island. I believe they said when they had visited previously that they had gotten on top of it and walked around but the water was a little rough on the day that we were there and it wasn't a scheduled stop. If you decide to climb on it, wear shoes, the formation is volcanic rock and appears to be very sharp. Same warning for swimming through the gate, it would have been way too dangerous on the day that we were there.
If you look at the photos, the gate itself looks to be the same shape as Africa.
Zip line... great!
One year when i was in Antigua, i tried the zip line tour, and it was awesome! i opted for the full package which included a fun obstacle course at the end. The tour was in the heart of the rain forest, and you zipped from tree to tree, over looking some beautiful nature. The guides there were very helpful and professional at tending to the guests, and also knew how to put a smile on our faces :). Now the obstacle course at the end was definitely worth it! some of them were a bit easy, but most of them were tricky. I managed to pass it after a good little while of trying, but it was definitely a fun experience.
Zip lining in Antigua is worth the while.Related to:
- Jungle and Rain Forest
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Land and Sea safari tour
This tour is also very nice. Its a combination of a land and sea based tour, where for the first half of the day you hop onto these zebra stripped Land Rovers, that take you off-roading into some scenic landscapes of the island. This was very fun and exotic. We were offered drinks on these trucks the whole time as well. by midday, the trucks took us to a beach where a sailing catamaran comes to pick us up and go out for a snorkel at cades reef.On board we were served lunch, and also had an open bar included. this reef though was amazing! if im not wrong, i believe it was a 2 mile reef barrier, and it was gorgeous! After spending a good 2 hours (it could have been more but it was about this time i started drinking their famous rum punch) by the reef, we started to sail back to the dock of where this boat is parked usually. For those who stayed in hotels, most of them were also dropped off back to their hotel (depending on which hotel you are in). I was staying in St. Johns at the City view hotel that time, so i went back with the boat all the way to St. Johns.Related to:
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- Diving and Snorkeling
I have visited Antigua several times, and the last time i went, earlier this year in April, I did a fabulous tour to Barbuda. Barbuda is one place i will never forget. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth, with only 1500 people living there, the land is nearly untouched. Not to forget its beautiful pink sand beaches, if you want a place where you have a whole mile of beach to yourself, this is the place to be. I had taken the Excellence tour over to Barbuda which i must say was also very pleasant. The boat left in the morning at around 9, and by 10:30 we were driving onto Barbuda's beaches. It was a power catamaran, and it took the seas quiet well in my opinion (although it is a bit rough) The crew was ready and serving you at anytime, meaning when we were in the rough sea, we didn't have to move to get our drinks ;-). lunch was also included aswell as all you can drink. Another thing which was included and i recommend to do, is the bird sanctuary. Once the boat reached barbuda we had the option to visit the bird sanctuary, and i took it up. It was amazing to see all these beautiful animals in their natural habitat. this only took up about an hour, the rest of the day you have the chance to swim and relax on the beach.
Barbuda is a must see, and The excellence is a good choice to do so.Related to:
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