While on a recent Familiarity Trip to inspect the top villas in Antigua, I had the pleasure of a personal tour by Georges of Voyages Antigua. It was my first time to the Island and as Concierge Specialist, I needed to get an idea of what to do and where to go when visiting this jewel in the Caribbean islands.
Georges greeted me with a smile and a warm welcome as we began the tour. First stop was St. John’s, the Capital of the Island. As we headed towards the centre, we passed by colourful market stalls where locals and visitors come to buy their fresh produce daily. We then walked around Heritage Quay, a great duty-free shopping area. From there we walked to the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, a small but interesting little Museum, displaying information and artifacts ranging from pre historic to slave trade to world-famous sportsman, Viv Richard’s cricket bat and ball. We took a drive past the beautiful old St John’s Cathedral, perched high on a hilltop and steeped in history.
From St. John’s, Georges drove to Dickenson’s Bay, which has a beautiful beach and the added attraction of Miniature Golf and various water sports. There are some great little restaurants and cocktail bars here too.
We then went on to Epicurean Food Store on the drive out of St. Johns and stocked up with some delicious food for a picnic lunch at our next stop, Betty’s Hope Sugar Mill Plantation. Betty’s Hope has been well restored and is a fantastic place to visit in order to better understand the history of the island and how a Sugar Mill Plantation was run. After a walk around the ruins of the Sugar Mill, we ate our lunch under the shade of a large tree, imagining the hustle and bustle and indeed hardship that once was in abundance in this now peaceful place.
On the drive back to the villa at Sugar Ridge, we stopped at Sir Vivian Richard’s Sports Stadium, an impressive sports arena, built for the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
Georges gave me a great insight into the historical side of Antigua and his tour was both informative and fun. I would highly recommend a personal tour by Georges of Voyages Antigua which I would be delighted to arrange for our guests.