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From St John's: Antigua Historical Tour with Beach Visit

1. From St John's: Antigua Historical Tour with Beach Visit

Connect with the history of Antigua while on your relaxing holiday. Discover different parts of the island on a guided journey with a local to fully sense its vibrant ambiance. Pass by quaint little villages, tour the iconic Nelson's Dockyard, and take a dip in the calm waters of a beautiful beach. Drive out of St John's and through the villages of Freemans and Liberta, for a nice overview of the local lifestyle and culture. Stop at Shirley’s Heights in the English Harbour for a quick break to marvel at the breathtaking views of the deep blue ocean and lush vegetation. Enjoy an insightful tour of the premises at Nelson's Dockyard, a cultural heritage site and marina. Finally, head over to one of the island's finest beaches to unwind after your adventure and swim in the serene waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Antigua Half-Day Private Sailing Yacht Charter

2. Antigua Half-Day Private Sailing Yacht Charter

You’ll meet us inside English Harbour within yards of Nelsons Dockyard at the south end of Antigua, where you’ll encounter some of the most beautiful and expensive super-yachts to be seen anywhere. After a short safety briefing you’ll sail out of the harbor on your 4-hour charter. Choose from multiple destinations including sailing inside Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, under the Pillars of Hercules and Shirley Heights. You can cruise up the unspoiled, forested, and dramatic coastline towards Carlisle Bay and stop to swim before enjoying the sail back. The crew warmly welcomes guests who want to get involved in sailing the yacht and will provide helpful instruction as required. Alternatively, if you prefer to just sit back, relax, and sip on rum punch, then why not?

Hiking Combo Tours

3. Hiking Combo Tours

Take the stress out of your holiday to Antigua and let a dedicated team of local experts plan your adventure. Choose from several options to find the combination that works best for you and your group. Hike and SwimChoose from two different routes with this option. If you're into history, hike through the historic ruins of Fort George and end with a spectacular view of Falmouth Harbour. Then, it’s over to Pigeon Beach for a nice salt water bath. This beach also sports a playground and is perfect for children. Alternatively, you can hike through the rainforest to Mount Obama, which is the highest point on the island. Then, head over to Freyes Beach for a nice salt water bath to soothe your muscles. Hike and DriveChoose from three different routes with this option. You could hike the Fort George trail with views of the Sherkley Mountains in the West and Willoughby Bay in the east. After your hike, tour Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre, Shirley’s Heights, and Nelson’s Dockyard. You could also choose to hike the historic Fort Barrington, a brief but steep climb u where you can enjoy panoramic views of the harbor, Deep Bay, and the wide-open sea. Afterward, explore Betty’s Hope, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, and Devil’s Bridge. Alternatively, take on the challenge of Signal Hill. Set amongst the country’s lush rainforest, this is one of the best hikes in Antigua. You’ll also get some of the best 360-degree views of the island from the top. Finish with a drive through Wallings Dam, Gracebay Moravian Church, and Morris Bay. Hike and RayChoose from a hike up historic Fort George or the rugged and isolated Carpenter's Rock. After your hike, enjoy a visit to Stingray City (all entrance fees included.) Here, get the opportunity to swim with a native stingray. Hike and ZipWith this option, enjoy a hike up Signal Hill, which is set amongst the country’s lush rainforest. You’ll also get some of the best 360-degree views of the island from the top. After your hike, enjoy a thrilling zip-line and obstacle course. Hike and SnorkelHike to Antigua's highest peak, Mount Obama, then cool off with a snorkel in the beautiful Cades Reef. Enjoy crystal clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and breathtaking marine life.

All About Jerk

4. All About Jerk

Jerk cooking is an authentic Jamaican way to cook meat. Whether it is pork, chicken, beef or fish, the meat is seasoned and slowly cooked over an open fire or on a barbecue grill. The seasoning is made up of local/regional spices like scallions, onion, thyme, pimento (all spice), cinnamon, nutmeg, peppers and salt. The first taste of jerked food is hot with pepper, and as you eat the flavors of all the other spices mingle in your mouth giving an explosion of stunning flavor. It is for this reason why all the other islands have adopted Jerk. Jerk is now viewed as a regional food, and everyone has their own special recipe to make jerk seasoning. In Nicole’s class, Nicole will introduce you to all the jerk spices, provide a history about jerk, and discuss the various ways jerk seasoning can be used to give your food its own West Indian style when you return home.   A typical menu includes: Cocktails: A local juice, water from our cisterns, and Nicole's Old Fashioned Rum Punch Starter: A local juice, water from our cisterns, and Nicole's Old Fashioned Rum Punch Main Course: Jerk Chicken (or Tofu!) with Grilled Pineapple Sides: Plantains Wrapped in Bacon, Red Beans and Rice, and a Garden Salad Dessert: Coconut Custard Tart The goal of this class, will be to make it easy for you cook the same menu after you return home. All of this is offered from the home high on a hill overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The experience will give you a beautiful view and an opportunity to experience life the Caribbean way.

Antigua: Scenic Jeep Tour with Lunch from Saint John's

5. Antigua: Scenic Jeep Tour with Lunch from Saint John's

Learn about Antigua’s history on a guided tour of the island in a Jeep with hotel pickup in Saint John's. See the highlights of the island including Devil's Bridge and Nelson Dockyard. Snap some great photos, pick up insights into the area from your guide, and enjoy lunch with a view. Embark on an extensive sightseeing tour including popular sights such as Devil’s Bridge — a remarkable example of sea-water erosion. See Blockhouse and Shirley Heights, where you can take the most beautiful photos. Discover Nelson Dockyard, Antigua’s largest national park. Cruise down Fig Tree Drive where you’ll pass a rainforest, see massive banana trees, and more. Afterward, settle in to enjoy lunch at a waterfront restaurant with alfresco dining on the harbor side. Return to Saint John's for hotel drop-off.

Antigua: Full-Day Sailing Charter

6. Antigua: Full-Day Sailing Charter

Come onboard our 40ft Motor Cruiser, Rock'n'Rolla and explore the beautiful waters of Antigua. Whether you'd like to stay local to English and Falmouth Harbour, head over to Green Island, or along the calmer South West Coast, its totally up to you! Weather conditions permitting route of course.. Rock'nRolla is capable of taking up to 12 guests with ease and still plenty of room for relaxing in the sun or shade. There is a swim platform at the back allowing for easy access to and from the water. A local lunch will be provided as well as a bar with premium options available. As with all Ondeck trips we try to get you involved so if you would like to try some boat handling and maybe a training course the opportunity is there Great value at $1080 for a day up to 6 people [+$120pp above this] and $680 for a half day [+$100 above this]

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she opened her home to us. the class was interactive, sanitary, and just down right good food! adam, her husband, is also a hoot as well. plus i didn't pay nearly what the others paid that booked through the cruise ship.

This was a wonderful relaxing day trip with our friends.

Shyann and Ryan sailed the boat with no problems. They took us to a good snorkel spot and helped us get equipped to have a good experience. We all loved it.