Located to the south of the island, English Harbour is the home to Nelson’s Dockyard – a fully restored 18th century working dockyard which is packed full of historical relics from Admiral Nelson’s day and a great shipping era. It houses a museum dedicated to Nelson himself. In 2016 Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
At Nelson’s Dockyard you can enjoy the many cafés and restaurants nestled in the original buildings from way back; and sample a local cocktail in the cool of Admiral’s Inn on the waterfront.
English Harbour itself is one of the prettiest in the Caribbean and is perfect for anchoring and enjoying some beach time. It is the starting point for many famous sailing regattas – Antigua Classic Regatta, Antigua Sailing Week, the RORC 600 and many more. The BBC wrote this excellent piece on the Dockyard when it was awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO.
Barbuda is an island in the Caribbean Sea lying due north of Antigua, an island with which it has been intimately linked for centuries. It has absolutely beautiful and completely deserted beaches, and remains so unspoiled that there are only a handful of tourist resorts and a native population of about 1,500, most of whom occupy the only town, Codrington.
There is a beautiful lagoon in the north-western area of the island, home to a fine colony of Frigatebirds – Fregata magnificens – and sometimes known as ‘Man of War’ due to their piratical behavior. Read more about Barbuda here.