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St. John's Antigua Private Highlights Sightseeing Excursion with Beach Break

Antigua, St. John's (Excursion ID S2985)

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  • Round-trip transportation from your cruise ship terminal in St. John's Antigua!
  • Air-conditioned, fully licensed, and insured private sightseeing shore excursion transportation!
  • Private, knowledgeable, Antigua sightseeing shore excursion guides!
  • Complimentary cold bottled water!
  • Coastal sightseeing, historical highlights tour, and picture opportunity stop!
  • Highlights visited - English Harbor, Shirley's Heights, Liberty Village, Valley Church Beach, Betty's Hope, and Devil's Bridge!

After being shown the best Antigua island highlights, and walking through historical architecture, taking amazing photo stops at natural sights, you'll also have time to relax on a beach. This Private Antigua Excursion from St. John's cruise port has it all. Just for your party, private transportation, and excursion guide!

Start this adventure by meeting with your private shore excursion guide outside your St. John's Antigua cruise ship pier. Hop onboard the comfortable, air-conditioned transportation and you're off for a 30-minute scenic drive to the English Harbor. This is Antigua's historic district going back to the time of Horatio Nelson and it has been meticulously restored.

With this private sightseeing shore excursion, it will just be you and your private guide, no others joining you. Once you arrive you'll walk about 5 minutes to see what's known as Shirley's Heights. Located at the most southerly tip of Antigua, the Lookout, part of the Shirley Heights military complex, commands a breathtaking view over the whole of English Harbor. Behind the catchment, where the land goes up to 490 ft (150 m) above sea level, was the Signal Station from which a system of flags was used by day and guns by night to convey messages to St, John's by way of Great Fort George on Monk's Hill. You'll spend about 10 minutes taking in the view and some photos. You will receive personalized service from your guide to get the most out of your private sightseeing cruise excursion in Antigua.

Just 5 minutes from there is Shirley's Guard House. The Shirley Heights military complex also included a guard house, magazine, and kitchen, officers' quarters, adjoining parade grounds, a 40-bed hospital, canteen, and a cemetery. An obelisk in the cemetery commemorates the officers and men of the 54th Regiment (2nd Battalion Dorsets) who died in service in the West Indies between 1840 and 1851.

Then you're off to Nelson's Dockyard, which has been fully restored and is only minutes away. You'll see 18th and 19th-century buildings that now house shops, hotels, and other businesses. Just outside the dockyard, you'll notice historic forts that dot the landscape. All are accessible by trails allowing visitors to enjoy the park. You'll have about 40 minutes to wander, shop, or walk the trails. The choice is yours. 

After your time at the dockyard, you'll climb back onboard your private excursion transportation for the destination of Liberty Village. There is an interesting history here from the time of emancipation. A female estate owner was forced to sell off a part of her property. She sold small lots to the ex-slaves who immediately built homes and started gardens. Although many continued to work on plantations, they also earned income as mechanics at the dockyard. A generation later they were beginning to build work around tailoring and as shop owners. In 1842 a sign was put up that named their village Liberta, which means liberty. You will enjoy a 15-minute drive through the village. You can also stop at the village's St. Barnabas church for about 10 minutes for a photo op, or just to sightsee.

From there it will be time to take a 30-minute drive through Antigua's most picturesque area. You'll see the island's low central plains and go up into the ancient volcanic hills where you'll see the Parish of St. Mary in the island's southwest quarter. The rather rough and tumble road passes through an area of lush vegetation and rainforest and rises to the steep farmlands around Fig Tree Hill before descending to the coastline again. Along the way, you'll get to see banana, mango, and coconut groves, as well as a number of old sugar mills and pleasant little churches.

Now that you are back on the coastline it's time to stop at Valley Church Beach, which is located on the West coast of Antigua just south of Jolly Harbor. You'll find facilities, free wifi, and have the chance to relax on powdery sand for an hour. You can also purchase food and drinks if you'd like. There are water sports available as well such as banana boats, and jet skis in addition to the ability to get a professional massage while enjoying a gorgeous view.

After you've relaxed and are refreshed, it will be time to hop onboard your transportation to go to Betty's Hope. The drive is short, only about 15 minutes. This is a sugar plantation that has also restored the sugar mill towers, complete with the sails. Betty's Hope dates all the way back to 1651. Now Betty's Hope Trust continues to work with students of archaeology for further research. You'll have a chance to take some photos there for about 15 minutes.

Finally, last, but certainly not least, it will be time to visit the Devil's Bridge. It will take about 15 minutes to get there and you'll have the chance to see the ancient reef formations that include a natural arch, geysers, and blowholes. You'll have approximately 15 minutes to check out the area and snap a few shots. This is an incredible sight and demonstrates thousands of years of water vs. rock.

At this point, it will be time to go back to your cruise ship pier in St. John's Antigua cruise port, which will be about 20 minutes from the Devil's Bridge. Sit back and relax knowing you've seen the best this island has to offer with your private shore excursion guide and transportation.

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Come with us and explore the famous sightseeing highlights of Antigua and St. John's. On this Private Antigua Sightseeing Excursion, you will enjoy comfortable transportation, a private, knowledgeable shore excursion guide, and plenty of sights to see that are both historical and picturesque!


5 Reviews

Virginia Beach, VA
Great excursion!
     5/5  (Visited on February 2020)
Cameron provided a wonderful tour! He was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun! We would highly recommend this tour!
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New York, NY
A great way to see Antigua!
     5/5  (Visited on February 2020)
I booked this excursion as a Christmas gift to my parents for our upcoming vacation and I am so glad I trusted the reviews! Emelda was an incredible tour guide. She was prompt in her arrival and took us directly to see the sights! The weather was iffy, so it was great to be in her air conditioned van. My parents and I are beach people, and we asked Emelda to take us to a close and nice beach from Nelson’s Dockyard. Emelda brought us to a great beach and let us stay for about 2 hours! We had such a good time and definitely book Emelda—you will not be disappointed!!
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Mayagüez (Puerto Rico)
Perfect visit
     5/5  (Visited on April 2018)
We couldn't have been happier with how this excursion was carried, and I must say, it was all thanks to our amazing guide, Nelda who was very pleasent companion throughout the whole tour. Since we were new to the island we decided to go with the itinerary she had prepared for us, but decided to spend more time at the beach. She let us decide the amount of time we wanted to stay in each place, answered all our questions, took us to a shopping area, so much more. She was truly accomodating and knows her city! Everyone knows her and she know where the best restaurants, beaches and shoping centers were. We had a perfect visit and recommend this tour to anyone looking for a personalized experience in Antigua.
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one of the best tours
     5/5  (Visited on November 2017)
By far one of the best tours we have experienced. Professional and friendly guides. The places we visited were not crowded like others we saw along the way. We learned alot about the history and met a lot of friendly, welcoming locals. We visited a great family owned restaurant were we ate some delicious home made meals (mostly typical food) and made a 1 hour stop at a beautiful beach. We enjoyed so much more and got better value in comparison to the pricey tours we have purchased through or cruise line directly. It was our first time ordering from Shore Excursioneer and will definitely continue to use them on our next cruise vacations!
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Boulder, US
     5/5  (Visited on December 2016)
My family and I booked this excursion on our last cruise through the Caribbean, we decided to go for the private one since we didn't want to deal with crowds and follow a group, we wanted to go at our own pace. This day was terrific, from the moment we were met by our guide until we were back on the cruise terminal, we followed our guide's recommendation and saw all the must see places in St. John's. After learning about history and culture of this country we went to the beach, where we ate lunch and had a couple of drinks. We all agree that this excursion is a must if going to St. John's!!
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