Antigua

Betsy at St. John's, Antigua.  September 12, 2001.

Betsy at St. John's, Antigua. September 12, 2001.

The third port of call on out honeymoon cruise was St. John’s, Antigua.  Antigua was an island we thoroughly enjoyed visiting.  We especially liked the beautiful coastline of the island.

Antigua was a major sugar-producing colony for Great Britain and, because of it’s strategic location, it became Britain’s most important base in the  Caribbean.  In 1784 Admiral Horatio Nelson sailed to Antigua and established a naval base at English Harbor.  We visited Nelson’s Dockyard, the restoration of dockyard Nelson commanded.

We also visited Shirley Heights, which offered panoramic views of English Harbor.  Shirley Heights were fortified by the British for the protection of their base and contains the remains of gun emplacements and military buildings.  One of the unusual sights along the heights was cactus — parts of the island are arid.

To see more of Antigua click HERE.

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7 Responses to “Antigua”

  1. Susie Says:

    We’ve never visited this island before George. Don’t you just love how these islands are so filled with history?!?!?

  2. fishing guy Says:

    George: What a neat look at the city from the cruise.

  3. Karen Says:

    Pretty picture. I like the color of Betsy’s shirt. It almost matches the railing. 🙂

  4. Rose Says:

    It looks like the weather was perfect!

  5. Rose Says:

    George, I just looked at your photos from there…you have some amazing skies. And it is sure a beautiful place.

  6. Tricia Says:

    Antigua? & St Thomas? Oh NIIIIIIIIICE! I’m so jealous!

  7. Cheryl Says:

    Wow, George, you picked the most beautiful spot in the world to visit! Mark and I were married at Dickinson Bay in Antigua in March 2002. We took a catamaran trip around the entire island, a most wonderful day. The people are wonderful, everything is wonderful there! Someday we will go back. So glad you and Betsy got to explore the island. Looks like a great day.

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