Best things to do in Antigua

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

** Please post your recommendations ONLY in response to request...do not start a new thread. Thanks!
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 02:08 AM.
#1
91 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
Will be going to Antigua in Feb and not sure what to do there. I know it is full of beaches but what is the best for drinks, food and just having fun.. thanks
#2
Ontario, Canada
18,502 Posts
Joined Apr 2005
Originally posted by sparky.mi
Will be going to Antigua in Feb and not sure what to do there. I know it is full of beaches but what is the best for drinks, food and just having fun.. thanks
Check out the ports of call boards.. you will have better luck there.. this thread will probably move there as well..

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=122
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Victory 03/06, Conquest 10/06, Legend 03/07, Freedom 01/08, Legend 10/08, Destiny B2B 04/09, Triumph 12/09, Splendor 04/10, Valor 09/10
#3
DFW Texas
1,072 Posts
Joined Mar 2007
Originally posted by sparky.mi
Will be going to Antigua in Feb and not sure what to do there. I know it is full of beaches but what is the best for drinks, food and just having fun.. thanks
The main industry on the island is tourism, and NOBODY wants to do anything that would hurt it. You are perfectly safe there. Hire a taxi to take you all around the island (cost about $10pp). They will take you to some great places and wait for you to get out and look around. DON'T forget your camera. This is a beautiful island. Things to see are the shipyards, the ruins of the old fort, the governor's "mansion", and some of the old sugar cane ovens.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Linda

A closed mouth gathers no foot.

12/04/11 - Mariner of the Sea
10/18/09 - Carnival Conquest
11/25/07 - Carnival Conquest
12/11/05 - Carnival Conquest
11/09/03 - Carnival Elation
03/22/03 - Carnival Jubilee
#4
Rhode Island
2,247 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
While there in Sept. we went to Jolly Beach Resort. It was $60pp for a day pass. This included chairs, use of both pools, all non motorized watersports, and all you can eat and drink. The beach is beautiful and we felt we definitely got our moneys worth.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Carnival Destiny Southern 1/19-1/26/03
Carnival Glory Western 2/7-2/14/09
Carnival Victory Southern Review with Pics 9/20-9/27/09 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1067722
Carnival Legend Western Review with Pics 2/7-2/14/10 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1146579
Carnival Liberty Eastern Route Review with Pics, Videos, and Capers 9/18-9/25/10 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1282136
Carnival Miracle Southern 2/7-2/15/11
Carnival Freedom Western 9/24-10/2/11
Carnival Magic Western 2/5-2/12/12
Carnival Valor Eastern 9/15-9/23/12
Carnival Dream Western 2/3-2/9/13
Carnival Liberty Eastern 9/14-9/21/13
Carnival Freedom Eastern/Western B2B 2/2-2/16/14
Carnival Glory Western 9/13-9/20/14
Carnival Conquest Eastern 2/7-2/15/15






#5
Durham, NC
11,694 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
I will 2nd the "visit the Antigua Port of Call" suggestion.

Do some reading and find out what excursions/options are out there, depending on your preferences.

Since 5 of the 6 ports on Victory were New To Us, I booked independent island tours in them all. For Antigua, we booked with Gordon (there's a long thread on the POC board about Lawrence or Gordon).

The two stops with the best beaches were Barbados and Antigua, imo, but I'm not really a beach person. If you click on my name, you can find threads I've started and can read the Antigua portion of my Victory review. I try to cover the excursions in depth.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Carnival: 10/30/16 Splendor; 5/1/16 Vista Inaugural (Milestone); 11/28/15 Sunshine Journeys; 10/23/15 Splendor; 5/31/15 Conquest; 11/29/14 Freedom; 11/1/14 Splendor; 5/4/14 Pride; 11/16/13 Conquest; 9/1/13 Fantasy; 5/3/13 Fantasy; 10/22/12 & 10/27/12 B2B Fantasy; 11/26/11 Fascination; 10/16/11 Glory; 5/23/10 Fantasy; 12/14/09 Miracle (Platinum!); 10/24/09 Triumph (CTN); 5/17/09 Victory; 12/13/08 Fascination; 5/17/08 Glory; 12/17/07 Miracle; 12/18/06 Elation; 05/13/06 Fantasy; 06/20/04 Fantasy; 04/16/01 Jubilee
HAL: 1/5/17 Zuiderdam; 11/21/10 Zaandam
Royal Caribbean: 04/19/03 Nordic Empress
#6
438 Posts
Joined Jan 2007
We were in Antigua two weeks ago on the Dream and had the best excursion ever! We took the catamaran circumnavigate Antigua-Green Island snorkel/beach day. It was the best!!!
#7
chester, england
190 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
Best tour and beach to do in antigua is nelsons dockyard and shirley heights,then ask taxi to take you to church valley beach you will have a fantastic day to remember, the beach is post card perfect and there is a bar for food and drinks.
#8
3,014 Posts
Joined Jul 2000
check out www.adventureantigua.com, our two all-time favorite activities are in Antigua - Eli's EcoTour and Eli's Xtreme Circumnav. These are absolute do-not-miss trips.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature


http://www.flickr.com/photos/jl_cleveland/sets/
Rhapsody of the Seas, March 1999, Southern Caribbean
Sovereign of the Seas, March 2000, Bahamas
Enchantment of the Seas, August 2000, Western Caribbean
Monarch of the Seas, January 2001, Southern Caribbean
Monarch of the Sears, August 2001, Western Caribbean
Radiance of the Seas, January 2002, Southern Caribbean
Radiance of the Seas, January 2003, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2004, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2005, Southern Caribbean
Empress of the Seas, January 2006, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2007, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2008, Southern Caribbean
Celebrity Summit, January 2009, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2010, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2011, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas B2B, January 2012, Southern Caribbean
Adventure of the Seas, January 2013, Southern Caribbean
Jewel of the Seas B2B, Southern Caribbean, Jan. 2014
Jewel of the Seas B2B, Southern Caribbean, Jan. 2015
In the future:
B2B on Jewel of the Seas, Southern Caribbean, Jan. 2016
Celebrity Equinox, January 2017, Ultimate Caribbean 11-night
#9
southeast michigan
119 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
Are you trying to escape the michigan cold too? we are also going to antigua in feb and are considering halfmoon bay. I would pass on jolly beach. We stayed there a couple of years ago and were very disappointed. Not worth even $60 pp.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
carnival triumph 2003
carnival destiny 2005
carnival destiny 2006
Mariner of the Seas 2008
Caribbean Princess 2010
#10
51 Posts
Joined Aug 2003
We were just there in December for Christmas. Eli's Circumnavigate tour was the best we've taken in 13 cruises. The speed satisfied the teenagers, the snorkeling and pristine beach with perfect sand, sun and waves pleased the adults, and the lunch pleased us all. A little spendy but worth every dime.
#11
3,014 Posts
Joined Jul 2000
Originally posted by lsk
We were just there in December for Christmas. Eli's Circumnavigate tour was the best we've taken in 13 cruises. The speed satisfied the teenagers, the snorkeling and pristine beach with perfect sand, sun and waves pleased the adults, and the lunch pleased us all. A little spendy but worth every dime.
We loved it - that boat is a blast. I went and got a couple of clips off of youtube for folks to look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OeoOp6bO0g and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrb93q_IgvU The second one is the beach stop, and very short.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature


http://www.flickr.com/photos/jl_cleveland/sets/
Rhapsody of the Seas, March 1999, Southern Caribbean
Sovereign of the Seas, March 2000, Bahamas
Enchantment of the Seas, August 2000, Western Caribbean
Monarch of the Seas, January 2001, Southern Caribbean
Monarch of the Sears, August 2001, Western Caribbean
Radiance of the Seas, January 2002, Southern Caribbean
Radiance of the Seas, January 2003, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2004, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2005, Southern Caribbean
Empress of the Seas, January 2006, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2007, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2008, Southern Caribbean
Celebrity Summit, January 2009, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2010, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas, January 2011, Southern Caribbean
Serenade of the Seas B2B, January 2012, Southern Caribbean
Adventure of the Seas, January 2013, Southern Caribbean
Jewel of the Seas B2B, Southern Caribbean, Jan. 2014
Jewel of the Seas B2B, Southern Caribbean, Jan. 2015
In the future:
B2B on Jewel of the Seas, Southern Caribbean, Jan. 2016
Celebrity Equinox, January 2017, Ultimate Caribbean 11-night
#12
New Jersey
3,713 Posts
Joined Jun 2009
DH and I went with Creole Cruises this past October. We took their lobster lunch cruise. You can google their name for the website. It was so much fun that we plan to go on another excursion with them in August, and we have guests coming with us. Great value for the price, and one of the best days on our cruise. There are several reviews in the Antigua forum, so do a search on their name there. You can't go wrong with them.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
~Chrystal
Email Me Friend Me on FB (Please message me your screen name on CC)



Previous Cruises:
NCL Norwegian Crown-NYC to Bermuda (2006)
RCI Adventure S. Caribbean-Barbados Route (2009)

Complete Photo Reviews:
RCI Serenade S. Caribbean-Barbados Route (2010)
l Carnival Glory from Norfolk-Bahamas (2011) l RCI Serenade S. Caribbean-Aruba Route (2011) l RCI Liberty to Cozumel (2012) l Fort Lauderdale Pre-and-Post-Cruise l RCI Allure W. Caribbean-Babymoon (2012) l RCI Liberty to Cozumel-Baby's First Cruise (2014)


Up Next:
Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas, November 2016
Excellence Playa Mujeres, Mexico, March 2017 (Girls' Trip)
Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas, March 2017
Rome and Tuscany Land Tour, August 2017
Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas, August 2017
Excellence Playa Mujeres, Mexico, October 2017 (Couples' Trip)
Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas, January 2018



Travel Blog


"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
~Mark Twain

#13
Michigan
170 Posts
Joined Dec 2005
faith413,
Do you get just one drink with your lobster lunch?? We couldn't tell from the website. It sounds like a blast!
Ruth
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature


Emerald Princess 1/30/16
Emerald Princess 1/23/16
Jewel of the Seas 1/24/15
Jewel of the Seas 1/17/15
Crown Princess 2/1/14
Crown Princess 1/25/14
Carnival Legend 1/27/2013
Caribbean Princess 1/29/2012
Carnival Victory 1/22/2012
Island Princess 1/19/2011
Caribbean Princess 1/31/2010
Caribbean Princess 1/24/2010
Tahitian Princess 12/9/2008
Carnival Valor 1/5/2008
Crown Princess 1/20/2007
Carnival Miracle 1/1/2006
#14
Cincinnati, OH
8,458 Posts
Joined Mar 2002
Originally posted by faith413
DH and I went with Creole Cruises this past October. We took their lobster lunch cruise. You can google their name for the website. It was so much fun that we plan to go on another excursion with them in August, and we have guests coming with us. Great value for the price, and one of the best days on our cruise. There are several reviews in the Antigua forum, so do a search on their name there. You can't go wrong with them.
We are thinking about doing this excursion when we cruise in May. Heard alot of good things about it.

We did Elis Echo Tour on our last cruise to Antigua and it was a great excursion.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature