The Antiguan Experience

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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 4 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Lunch and Beverages
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing your swimsuit under comfortable clothing with walking shoes. Sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, a towel and change of clothes are suggested.
Restrictions Guests must be able to step in and out of the vehicle. This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible.

The Antiguan Experience

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 Antigua Coast excursion 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.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  86 ReviewsReview This Tour
Love this resort
February 27, 2023
This is the second time that we picked this resort to visit for the day from our cruise. We had such a great time last time and we decided to try it again. It was just as great as we remembered it to be. Beautiful beach, clear waters you could see colorful fish swim by. Also beach chairs and umbrellas provided in the price along with a delicious lunch. We will definitely come again.
Reviewer: Stephen Purslow
5 Stars
Island Tour and BBQ Lunch at the Beach
February 19, 2023
Our tour was excellent. Our guide Alexis was very knowledgeable and engaging with our group. He got the group involved in trivia and conversation during the tour as he got to know each of us by name. The lunch BBQ very tasty and the beach was great.
Reviewer: Charlotte
5 Stars
Great Overview!
February 18, 2023
We'd enjoyed beach time on a couple of other islands on our cruise, and were ready for some exploring. This excursion provided a unique view of the island--from the very quirky private home to the unique vista of the pineapple farm and discussion of how COVID changed lives to a beautiful uncrowded (until the catamaran came in!) beach with a tasty lunch. Nice change and very enjoyable.
Reviewer: Sandy Hubbard
5 Stars
very good tour
February 13, 2023
Our tour guide Jackie was funny and informative. We enjoyed the places we went to. but as always not enough time at the beach. Lunch was tasty and plenty to eat.
Reviewer: ron glassman
4 Stars
Relaxed Day
February 06, 2023
This excursion was informative and quite chill. Tour guide was very knowledgable and friendly, some of the stops were just ok, the bus was clean with great A/C. The final stop for lunch and the beach was great. Food and service was good and the beach was beautiful.
Reviewer: Mary-Louise
4 Stars
A great way to get to know the island
January 26, 2023
This was a nice tour within our budget. After meeting just outside the port, we loaded up onto a bus. The visit to the hilltop home was very interesting, with some great antiquities and pretty views. The pineapple farm was a bit underwhelming because there wasn't anything there but buried pineapples and a dilapidated building. But we learned a lot about the pineapple business as well as some other local flora. The lunch on the private beach was definitely a highlight, with good local cuisine and not to crowded. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable, giving us some great history of the island as well as a fascinating peek into the current political elections.
Reviewer: Crispin Z
4 Stars