Learn about the history and culture of Antigua, capped off with a visit to one of the island's beautiful beaches.
Setting off from the pier, you'll first head southwest through the center of the island en route to Dow's Hill Fort. Along the way, you will pass quaint villages where old churches, rum shops and small chattel houses showcase Antigua's West Indian style and culture.
Arriving at Dow's Hill Fort, you'll be treated to a wonderful panoramic view of the island and then have a short guided tour and enjoy a multimedia presentation in the visitors' center. During your visit, see the blockhouse ruins that are perched on a sheer cliff 446 feet above the sea. In 1787, this was a principal lookout post for the British and the remains of the powder magazine, gun platforms, water catchments, officers' barracks and a 32-pound cannon can still be seen.
Next, it's on to the Shirley Heights Lookout, the southernmost point in Antigua. This vantage point offers up sweeping views of the harbor area and on a clear day, you may even be able to see the volcanic island of Montserrat, located just twenty-eight miles away. Continuing on, you will make a stop at Nelson's Dockyard Village, one of the most popular attractions in the eastern Caribbean. This naval base was built in 1725 to provide a base for a squadron of troops that patrolled the West Indies in order to maintain England's sea power. The Georgian naval dockyards here are still in use today and a plethora of sleek yachts can usually be found tied up at the old stone quay. Before leaving, enjoy a complimentary beverage at the Dockyard's 18th century inn and then perhaps explore the museum, mystery pillars and bakery.
Your final stop will be at Pigeon Point beach, which is part of the National Park and where you will have approximately one-hour to relax on the beach or take a swim in the ocean. While there are no beach chairs available at this public beach, there are naturally shaded areas for those who wish to stay out of the sun. The beach is also equipped with restrooms, changing rooms and freshwater showers. Following your time at Pigeon Point, you will transfer back to the cruise ship pier via a scenic drive along Antigua's southwest coast.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing; however, there are some steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate and Pigeon Point is a natural sand surface. While the tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them, only Dow's Hill Fort and Nelson's Dockyard are wheelchair accessible. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight, casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests who wish to swim at Pigeon Point should wear a swimsuit under their clothes and bring a towel and change of clothes. Those taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.