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: HEATHER MYERS
This was a great excursion. You got to tour the country, learn some history of Antigua, had an awesome lunch prepared by the tour and finished with a relaxing day at the beach. Our guide Edwin was very knowledgeable, polite and wanted to make sure we had a pleasant experience, Loved it
Reviewer: Mike P
As usual when you first get off the ship and signup for an independent cruise, the situation usually can get confused really fast. However, before long we were guided to our van, introduced to the driver and soon Jacqui jumped on board. And then the FUN began. Even though you do not see a lot of different places (the pineapple farm was cancelled because they were between crops). You definitely get a feel and appreciation for Antigua. Jacqui was the driving force, but even when we spent time at the beach for our lunch and entertainment, the whole group worked together. It was a lovely day with lots of fun mixed in.
Reviewer: nancy summers
Great excursion with a wonderful guide. It was Christmas Day and a couple of the places we were to visit were not open, but the guide showed us more of the country side. Lunch and beach were very nice
Reviewer: Gary L Selden
We had a great time on the Antiguan Experience. Our driver was fantastic and we saw the highlights of the island as we had hoped. Our small group of 8 really bonded. Several stops for food were good. We highly recommend this excursion. The driver, who now owns the operation, even came back to our meeting place with some items that I had left on board. Excellent experience.
Reviewer: Greg Manuel
Excellent tour guides, we has so much fun!! Very personal and memorable excursion!