The Antiguan Experience
Sale Price: $69.00
St. John's is the capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda, a country located in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea, it is the commercial center of the nation and the chief port of the island of Antigua. As you approach St. John's, the skyline is dominated by the magnificently evocative white baroque towers of St. John's Cathedral. Built in 1845, the church is now in its third incarnation, as earthquakes in 1683 and in 1745 destroyed the previous structures.
Depart the pier area and set off through the villages of Antigua discovering their individual and interesting qualities.
Your first destination is a private home with an amazing and wonderful history. Be provided a history lesson about this property and the stories that accompany it. When you arrive you will find yourself on the top of a panoramic vista overlooking a valley that is dotted with cows and sheep. The home may look modest from the outside but you will be astounded upon stepping inside. Artifacts from the original settlers who bought the land in the 16th century surround you. The owner, who is also a direct descendant of the original family, will graciously walk you through the areas of her home that are open to you and will answer questions about her prized collections. Endemic trees and medicinal herbs are grown in the backyard and not only will your guide provide knowledge on the healing powers of these plants, but you will also enjoy a freshly brewed cup of herbal tea.
Continue on to a local pineapple farm where you will get to see the production of this important crop. You will see the fruit in all of its stages of growth, and even get to enjoy it later on when you are at the beach, but next you are headed to Fryes Estate.
At the estate you will see two of the island's oldest sugar mills, now in ruins and immensely picturesque. We can't let you forget that you're on a Caribbean island and, therefore, your next stop will be a beautiful beachfront setting.
Whether you prefer to lounge on a chair in the shade of an umbrella and gaze at the azure blue water or jump into it, you'll love this refreshing time on a private beach of white sand. Families will enjoy the beach games or water sports activities while building up hearty appetites. Luckily, this free time is followed by a delicious and typical West Indian lunch. The food is tantalizing and the staff are very welcoming as you dine in the midst of the music of steel pans and a local artist reciting poetry.
Reviewer: X-T M
The tour was in general well organized and the guide “P” was very knowledgeable. The lunch was provided at the beautiful beach.
Reviewer: ghislaine martin
Guide was very nice but we felt we did not see much of the island.
Our tour guide and driver were great, they made us feel welcomed to Antigua. The tour was organized, gave us adequate time at each stop and got us back to the ship on time, with time left to shop. We enjoyed lunch at the beach. I recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Charles F Vaughn
We took the island tour and got to see a local home. Views of island was good. Didn't know that this island was so dry. Lunch on the beach was fair. Didn't know that we were going to be at the beach so long. Nothing said to bring swimwear.
Reviewer: Laura Fallon
This is a really good tour to get a feel for the island. The private home had a wonderful collection of photos and items from the area. We enjoyed the pineapple farm to get an idea of the growing process. Great beach with a delicious lunch and rum punch. Very relaxing. Loved our tour guide.