Nelson’s Harbour – Antigua

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Nelson’s Harbour – Antigua

Antigua is another of the Caribbean Islands where the public Bus is easy to use. There is a beach for every day of the year, so they say. Then the features to see are Nelson’s Harbour and the view if it from Shirley Heights. Then we are scrabbling around; a cricket stadium that you are extremely likely to get inside, a derelict sugar factory you will get close to, and a tour of villages. The island tour is, therefore, an introduction to Antigua and the feature of Nelsons Harbour is $2 on a public bus, which is why we made this.

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Entrance is not free but it is more fun on the bus meeting the locals, that is if it is not full of cruisers which is very likely. The entrance fee still makes the overall cost way cheaper than any tour. It sits on the old, shallower harbour in the St Paul Parish, not the one the cruise ships use. The sheltered harbour was a perfect place for ships to avoid the storm. There is also a covered dry dock for ship repairs. It is a UNESCO heritage site and is a very pleasant stroll, with a cafe, a very pleasant bar and toilet facilities. In 1632 it was a British naval base. There are references to the British protecting the island dated back to 1704 when the British had about forty forts around the island. It is worth a visit to talk to the guides and see its history.

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