Antigua Itinerary Day 1
Now you’re all settled in and have completed your boat briefing you can start your Antigua Itinerary and have a relaxing first evening at the highly recommendable Sheer Rocks restaurant. It has some incredible views, a peaceful atmosphere and amazing food. This restaurant/bar is located at the Coco Bay resort. You can stay moored in Jolly Harbor for the night as you may need to do your chart briefing in the morning. They serve wonderful Tapas for lunch (served until 4.30) so if you just fancy some bites to eat and a cool dip in the plunge pool then this would be perfect for you. Their fresh-to-order A La Carte dinners are always exquisite with locally sourced fresh fish on the menu.
Sail North, across Five Islands Harbor and anchor at ‘Pinching Bay’. This beach is only accessible by boat so you are more than likely to be the only people there. There are plenty of snorkeling spots from the beach and on the surrounding edges of the bay. This spot is perfect for mooring up in the day and having lunch. So after your snorkeling, beach coving and exploration, start to head North again to a place called ‘Deep Bay’. This spot is perfect for an overnight stay. Just watch out for the wreck as you go into the bay. It is best to stay to the right of the bay as you enter and then you can anchor when you approach the beach. Occasionally there are turtles in this bay and of course the wreck is amazing to snorkel.
Sail North again up into Dickenson Bay and anchor there whilst you explore the wreck on the beach that’s been there since our last hurricane in October 2014. This is another sheltered anchorage and is great for overnight stays. There are various watersports activities such as water skiing, SUP-ing and kayaking. There is a lovely lunch spot called ‘Ana’s on the beach’ which is located further down from Sandals and it is on the beach front so you can sit with your toes in the sand whilst having lunch. For dinner you could head ashore and eat at Coconut Grove. For something more casual, walk to Mr. Chippy; freshly caught fish and chips on a Tuesday and Friday nights.
Sail South to ‘Carlisle Bay’. However, along the way you could check out some of Antigua’s most beautiful beaches such as Darkwood and Turners. They are a great place to stop for lunch and serve great local food such as goat curry or jerk pork. After lunch you can head to Carlisle bay which is calm and ideal for an overnight anchorage. There are some beaches along the sides of this bay that you can anchor off and have all to yourselves. The clear water makes it easy to anchor and perfect for snorkeling.
If you want to experience some of Antigua’s other marinas you could head along South West coast to Falmouth and English Harbour. Falmouth Harbour is great for restaurants, re-provisioning and, in season, seeing all of the superyachts! It has plenty of restaurants to eat in such as ‘Club Sushi’ in case you fancied some fresh fish. However, if you prefer you can always just pick up a mooring buoy and eat at another great place called ‘Catherine’s’ and watch all the hustle and bustle pass by! There is a small beach known as ‘Pigeon beach’ close by to the mooring buoys. If you happen to be here on a Sunday you can take a taxi up to Shirley Heights. I would recommend getting there for about 4.30/5 to watch the sunset and listen to the steel drums and reggae band.
If you prefer something a little quainter you could adventure further South into English Harbour and do some historic sightseeing and discover where Lord Nelson used to have his fleet. You can anchor off of Galleon beach in a protected bay which makes for a good overnight stay and a relaxed day of swimming and snorkeling! There are plenty of places to explore such as the old Fort at the top of the hill or you could adventure to the Pillars of Hercules which are tucked around the corner. They are great for snorkeling and climbing! Enjoy dinner at the ‘Copper and Lumber store’ or ‘The Admirals Inn’.
Antigua Itinerary Day 6
Your final sail back to Jolly Harbour! This is a lovely sail as you can get an amazing coast line view all the way back. Perfect for those last minute photographs and perhaps a dolphin or two! A great way to complete your Antigua Itinerary.