Top 10 Things to do in English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda

February 21, 2018 Phylicia Berquist

English Harbour is a natural harbour and settlement on the island of Antigua, in the extreme south of the island. The settlement takes its name from the nearby harbour in which the Royal Navy established its base of operations for the area during the eighteenth century. Its population is 759 (2001 Census).
Restaurants in English Harbour

1. Nelson's Dockyard

St. John's, English Harbour, Antigua +1 268-481-5021
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Nelson's Dockyard

Reviewed By christmas152 - Yonkers, New York

This was a wonderful experience! Probably our favorite in the whole Caribbean! This was part of a tour we were on and we could have spent the entire tour here! Everything was great-the shops carried quality gifts - the buildings were so rich in history and the ships docked were out of this world. I found myself wishing for more time! This is absolutely a must see!

2. Ondeck Ocean Racing

Antigua Yacht Club Marina, Falmouth, Antigua
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4.5 based on 134 reviews

Ondeck Ocean Racing

We offer a slice of Antigua Sailing Week with our race excursion during which you will take part in all aspects of racing our great yachts. No experience is necessary. We also offer exclusive sunset cruises, half and full day charters and ‘try sailing’ tours where you can take the helm or just sit back and enjoy snorkeling in the clear blue waters followed by a rum punch. All trips are exclusive and can be customized. We also offer individual places or whole yachts at all of the Caribbean Regattas including Heineken St Maarten, Les Voiles de St Barth, Mountgay Round Barbados, BVI regatta, Rolex St Thomas and Antigua Sailing Week Finally if you want to learn to sail or improve your skills we offer RYA training courses from one day to 1 week with live aboard options available.

Reviewed By Nomad19566 - United Kingdom

I feel for anyone who has to tolerate more than a day's sailing with Myriam, an employee of On-Deck. Watch out for her, she's a nasty piece of work. The woman she bullied, paid for a month of sail instruction, and this employee was horrible to her, pushing her around on the boat, blocking her from learning, and competing with her for attention from male passengers and crew, I didn't see anyone helping this passenger. The skipper saw it all, but seemed more concerned with being liked, and did nothing. Really sad situation. I was glad to get off this boat.

3. Antigua's Donkey Sanctuary

Bethesda, Antigua +1 268-461-4957
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4.5 based on 143 reviews

Antigua's Donkey Sanctuary

donkey sanctuary and small animal (dogs and cats) shelter operated by Antigua & Barbuda Humane Society, a non-profit corporation registered under The Companies Act.

Reviewed By Higherkinders4 - Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

This was rather nice - a sanctuary for donkeys, cats & dogs. The 150 donkeys were the main stars and were happy to be groomed. The lady in charge was very welcoming and informative. Well worth a visit.

4. 40Knots Kitesurfing & Windsurfing School Antigua

Hughes Point | Nonsuch Bay Resort,, Freetown, Antigua
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5 based on 243 reviews

40Knots Kitesurfing & Windsurfing School Antigua

Our school offers high quality kitesurfing in Antigua. We offer tuition with IKO certified instructors (International Kitesurfing Organization) with the latest and safest equipment. We are located in Nonsuch Bay, on the windward shore of Antigua, in the Caribbean, where the trade winds blow strong and constant. The bay is completely closed by the reef and offers a condition of warm and flat water, ideal to learn and progress. Updated equipment, newest teaching methods and power boat assistance make the best combination for your perfect learning experience. 
The kitesurfing lessons will start from the beach of Green Island, a tiny island windward to Nonsuch bay, with white sand and crystal blue water; a perfect landing/launching area for kites.

Reviewed By Madcow4762 - Muscat

Husband had completed basic kite Surfing course in UK and was wanting to progress further in warmer waters. He booked two sessions 2 1/2 hours each with an instructor and progressed massively in these sessions. Excellent one on one instruction from boat in safe waters with good breeze. Friendly accommodating staff. Perfect environment in which to develop your skills. Highly recommended.

5. Paddles Snorkel and Kayak Eco Adventure

Antigua
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5 based on 1 reviews

Paddles Snorkel and Kayak Eco Adventure

Reviewed By ptflute - Peachtree City, Georgia

the hosts were gracious and welcoming and so enjoyed the grounds of their home and the trip itself was led by upbeat and happy guides. We will definitely recommend and be back next time we are there!

6. Shirley Heights

English Harbour, Antigua +1 268-460-1785
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Shirley Heights

Hills overlooking the Dockyard on the east, named after the governor who built the fortifications.

Reviewed By MisterCheeky - Surrey, Canada

As part of an organized island tour, my wife and I stopped here predominately for the spectacular views. Other than that there is not really much too it. Depending the time of day and whether there are cruise ships in town it can get quite crowded. Having said that we had no trouble getting some nice photos. There is a restaurant and some local vendors as well. Certainly worth a stop on an organized tour.

7. Pigeon Beach

English Harbour, Antigua
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4.5 based on 301 reviews

Pigeon Beach

Reviewed By Vpsteve

Less crowded during the week this is a delightful little beach down a road that just doesn’t look like plot leads anywhere in walking distance of Nelson dockyard Ask locals where it is safe for kids Great views and subsets with a cafe !!

8. Snorkeling Antigua W.I.

Antigua
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5 based on 126 reviews

Snorkeling Antigua W.I.

With a passion for Exploring, Experiencing and Learning; we want to share that passion with you. We noticed the search for a go good snorkeling spot and also that a lot of people miss out by not having the right place to go and learn this beautiful, rewarding and easy activity, because of the fear of the unknown and we want to change that. Explore – Experience – Learn snorkeling at your own pace.

Reviewed By Jay C

This is a MUST DO excursion while you at on Antigua, whether you are a vacationer on island of MOST ESPECIALLY if you are a CRUISE SHIP visitor. I am an experienced diver/snorkeler having previously owned my own dive/snorkel business in the Caribbean. Our experience with Bernie was a fantastic morning of snorkeling and enjoying the lush sea life in Galleon Bay. My wife is not as experienced and Bernie was very attentive to her, showing her some of the specific things she wanted to see. From turtles (5 of them), eel, spotted eagle ray (2 of them), juvenile French angels (2 of them), schools of blue tang, arrow crabs, banded reef shrimp, and on and on for the better part of 2 hours. Bernie provides a video and individual photos included in the cost of the excursion and is a great value. Very professional operation with great gear to use (if you don't have your own) and Bernie is the consummate customer service professional. You can go wrong with snorkeling with Bernie - give it a try and you won't be disappointed!

9. Half Moon Bay

Antigua +1 268-725-9661
Excellent
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4.5 based on 426 reviews

Half Moon Bay

Catch some rays while watching the surf at this beautiful pink sand beach.

Reviewed By lorddandelion - Rayne, United Kingdom

Great beach probably the furthest point away from St. John’s and the cruise ship hordes. Get a lounger from Lobster the guy on the beach, he’ll get you a coconut to drink straight from the tree. Very popular with the locals . It has a great peaceful vibe . Checkout the Beach Bums Bar great food and drinks a reasonable prices

10. Admiral's House Museum

Nelson's Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua +1 268-463-1053
Excellent
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4 based on 167 reviews

Admiral's House Museum

Reviewed By Allen B - Muskegon, Michigan

This was my favorite part of Nelson's Dockyard. Take the time and explore and read about what it is you are seeing at the museum rather than just walking through. It is not real large so it won't take real long and you will walk away know a lot about the Island and Country as well as it's place in naval history.

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