A gem of rich landscapes and rustic bays, this West Indian island is a treat waiting to be indulged in. Have a look at our top five excursions that will make your Antiguan adventure a #ShoreThing.
What better way to get a glimpse of the island than at 500 feet above sea level? Discover Antigua up high and brush up on your history knowledge with a guided whistle-stop tour. If views of the jade-green landscape and turquoise oceans aren’t enough, feast your eyes upon Indian Creek, the home of Antigua’s first native tribe. Afterwards, take your place at Shirley Heights and see just why 18th century soldiers used this most southerly position as a lookout spot. The real jewel of the crown, however, lies at Nelson’s Dockyard. Meander through the still-working Georgian dockyard and take a peek inside the original Naval Officer’s house.
Itching for an adventure? Soar through the skies above Antigua’s rainforest with a series of 12 zip-lines, nine challenge courses, three aerial walkways and one leap of faith. It’s exploration at its finest, giving you a taste of Caribbean wildlife. There’s also a treehouse to kick back in and soak up the atmosphere. Don’t worry, there’s a full safety briefing to keep you strapped in while up high.
Picture this: a glass of bubbly in one hand and a plate of lobster in the other while sitting next to sapphire blue ocean. Jump aboard a catamaran to sail along the island’s west coast and take a dip in the waters off Deep Bay Beach, before lounging along its pure white sands. Move on to Morris Bay for even more swimming and sunbathing before a feast of lobster and champagne and sailing back to the port.
If you’ve ever seen a stingray glide across the water, you’ll know what an awesome sight it is. Now imagine swimming next to them in the sparkling seas of the Caribbean. Head to Stingray City, situated at the end of Barge Reef, where you’ll be able to pet, feed and learn all about the 30 stingrays that call these waters their home. As Antigua is renowned for its reef-filled waters and outstanding undersea world, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in it.
Calling all adrenaline-junkies, does a 4×4 beach adventure sound like your idea of a good time? Jump aboard a four-wheel drive vehicle and start your expedition across rough terrain towards the Bellevue Heights Savannah. The rainforest on Fig Tree Drive will fill the views of your windscreen with towering, leafy trees before you reach the pineapple plantations. And with plenty of places to stop and roam the landscape, your camera and swimsuit are essential pieces of kit.
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Author: Thomson Holidays
Published: September 17, 2015
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