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What to do in Antigua and Barbuda (Podcast)

What to do in Antigua and Barbuda (Podcast)

Listen to about travel to the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda as the Amateur Traveler talks to previous park ranger Jeff Ohlfs about his modern journey. 

Jeff says, “As you know, I’m pretty park centric. There is a good deal of stunning areas there to examine. There is a whole lot of character and historical past there. They’ve received the all inclusive resorts all above the place. So it is a fantastic Caribbean island, if you want to get away and just do the all inclusive and a seashore remain. I’m not that kind of a man or woman, but they’ve have 365 seashores, a person for each working day of the year there.”

Jeff frequented all 3 islands that make up the place of Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua, Barbuda and the limited uninhabited island of Redonda. He also created a side journey to do an arial tour of the volcano on Montserrat.

We begin on the primary island of Antigua. Jeff stayed in the key metropolis of St Johns which is also the main cruise ship port on the island. There were being 3 cruise ships in town when he frequented but it can get as many as 5. They are happy to see individuals ships once again in Antigua as the huge the greater part of the financial system comes from tourism. 

Jeff focused on the countrywide parks and there are 4 on Antigua: Fort Barrington,  the Megaliths Of Greencastle Hill, Devil’s Bridge Countrywide Park, and Nelson’s Dockyard. Nelson’s Dockyard is also a UNESCO Entire world Heritage web-site.

Fort Barrington is section of the fortifications that guarded St Johns and the island in the age of sail. Devil’s Bridge is a all-natural arch by the east coast. In close proximity to Devil’s Bridge is the most effective preserved of the aged sugar plantations on the island: Betty’s Hope.

The Megaliths Of Greencastle Hill is the “Stonehenge of the Caribbean”. It is not distinct what the operate of these standing stones was. 

Nelson’s Dockyard is a shielded bay on the south aspect of the island that was renamed for Admiral Horatio Nelson who was stationed in Antigua for aspect of his naval job. You can see the services that had been employed to source and keep the British Navy. The dockyard however sees ships appear in for repairs but caters more now to the yachting crowd.

The last national park in Antigua and Barbuda is Codrington Lagoon Countrywide Park on the island of Barbuda. This location is a nesting place for seabirds like frigate birds. Jeff observed Barbuda on a tour that included stopping at the park, the pink beach front, the sea caves and Princes Diana Seaside.

Jeff did an additional day trip out to Redonda but for this just one you will have to have the two unique permission and you will need to seek the services of a helicopter. This rocky island has been property to various chook species. There used to be a guano mining operation on the island but other than that the island has not been inhabited. Jeff suggests that Redonda is recognized as the “Galapagos of the Caribbean” as the birds there are not worried of persons.

On the identical trip to Redonda, Jeff took a helicopter tour of Montserrat. Montserrat’s major metropolis of Plymouth which was abandoned in 1997 mainly because of volcanic eruptions. It was then primarily buried in ash. Significantly of the island is even now a volcanic exclusion zone. Viewing has been difficult in the time of COVID because of their coverage of a 5 working day quarantine.

Whether or not you come for the beach locations, the background or the rum, hear why Antigua in the Lesser Antilles could be a entertaining position to soak up the sunlight.

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Show Notes

Antigua and Barbuda
Santa María La Antigua
Antigua Seaview Inn
St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda
St. John’s Cathedral (Antigua and Barbuda)
Hemingway’s Caribbean Cafe
Fort Barrington
Megaliths Of Greencastle Hill
Chuck’s Vacation
Fig Tree Push
Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson
Shirley Heights Lookout – Go to Antigua & Barbuda
Nelson’s Dockyard
Admiral’s Inn and Gunpowder Suites
Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Challenge – The World’s Toughest Row
Devil’s Bridge
Betty’s Hope
Codrington Lagoon
Pink Sand Seaside
Barbuda Caves
Princess Diana Seaside
Kingdom of Redonda
The Alchemy of Air
Soufrière Hills
Antiguan Pepper Pot
Goat Water

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