Antigua: Under Restoration

This was the third of our four port stops during our transatlantic crossing. Our island visits were short and offered only brief glimpses of each place, so our observations are limited.
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Antigua is noticeably less touristic than our previous port. The island is smaller than we pictured it. The rocky hills plummeting down into the ocean made for dramatic scenery on the sail into port. Once out of the terminal, the town felt like an actual place where regular people live, shop, go to school, and run errands.

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The port town of St. John’s is quaint and historic. The architecture has a charm to it, reminiscent of New Orleans albeit with much less upkeep. The historic churches and buildings are generally in need of TLC. The government seems to know this, however, since the first two points of interest we went to see were both closed for restoration.

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After about an hour, it was time to branch out an see some other parts of Antigua. We found the bus station and traveled to the other side of the island via minibus. It was packed with people, and as more stops ushered more passengers on board, seats seemed to come out of nowhere. These buses are efficient- every nook seems to fold into a chair. It was impressive.

We visited the famous Nelson Dockyards and hiked around the adjacent national park.

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The trail we took looked out over the ocean, and ended at a former fort (although we had trouble finding much detail about the history of it). On our hike back, we were greeted by a family of goats who seemed to not care much about us using their trail.

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I’m still not exactly sure what the goats were doing there, but they seemed content and happy to be hanging out around the fort. By the looks of things, they don’t appear to get many visitors. The tour buses visit the dockyards, but only a small handful of people venture beyond the main path to hike to the fort. It’s unfortunate- the fort, in our opinion, was the highlight of the day. Beautiful views.

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This was our shortest port day, and we were back on the ship by 2- setting sail for our fourth and final destination in the Caribbean.

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