We will be in Antigua in March, arriving by ship. What are the suggested excursions? Or, Is there shopping close to the port?
Shopping near the port ---you betcha! -about the only shops worth mentioning are right as you get off! the most expensive are nearest the ship,& the more interesting up back streets, so its worth mooching around, it's quite safe to wander but like any where don't advertise what may appear to be "wealth" too openly.
I advise that unless you are sure of what & where you are going take the trips offered by the ship --at least they WILL get you back on board!
Nelsons Dockyard is the most interesting & the view from Shirley heights spectacular, the Windmill is worth about 10 minutes if you are passing & Devils Bridge is only interesting if the sea is rough,last time I was there the "Rain Forest" had blown away!
Hi Losalady and Johnthedog
I am interested in your comments about only taking trips offered by the ship as others may not return you on time and wonder if you have specific evidence of this in Antigua.
As far as I am aware the taxi drivers in Antigua are professional and are well aware that ships have dead lines, I have never heard of a circumstance that they have not got back on time and 10s of 1000s of visitors use them each year.
For Losalady, it really depends on what you like doing, there are some good boat trips, you could get a taxi do some sightseeing, have lunch at a beach bar and go to one of Antiguas 365 beaches. Shopping is limited to a small area close to the port so you could combine shopping with something else.
Hope this helps - Mun
Mun:- no, not specifically in ANT but it does happen ,especially if you pick the wrong driver! this is unlikely in ANT due to your system of being directed to cabs at the terminal by a responsible person.
I suppose advising someone not to take local trips is not good for the economy, but then the ships use them but maybe don't pay as well!
Just get a cab and go. We have never had any problems getting back to the ship in time. In fact, most times, the cab driver will ask you what time you want him to pick you back up.
Lots of shopping in town that you can walk to. There is also a really cool old church you can walk to. You will see it up on the hill.
Beaches - Dickenson Bay is gorgeous. Lot of watersports and beautiful beach sand.
If you do want to do an excursion off the ship, then I recommend the 1/2 Wadadli Cat Snorkeling trip. This is the only onboard excursion we ever do since they take you out to the reefs where the snorkeling is really good.
But if you just want to relax, and do a little shopping, then I say grab a cab and go.
Have fun - we are 40 days and counting!!
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