I had 72 hours to reconcile the fact that I was heading to Antigua, with my partner, on Sunday morning. Sure, we had discussed this being a possibility as he needed to return to the island and nurture relationships for his evolving website, which was launched 2.5 years before while he was living there. Bestantigua.com was growing, as was the apparent desire from potential customers and travellers to the Caribbean, so it became obvious more content was required to move things to the next level. Content that could only be gained from a personal perspective.
And so we were going to Antigua. In 72 hours. On a big plane and everything.
The departure from reality in the UK could not have played out better. Starting with a 4.30am wake up to leave for Gatwick airport at 5.30am (neither of us do dark o’clock with any real grace), the roads dusted with snow and the temperature dropping steadily by the minute. The drive was straightforward, the in-car banter and Costa hit welcome, the transfer from the parking lot seamless and check-in pretty pain-free (excepting the automated boarding pass collection points, which didn’t work).
The flight was slightly delayed, but we were so buzzed about the trip (and possibly from the early morning hit of a beer with breakfast – tradition according to my partner, so it would have been rude not to, no?) that we didn’t mind. I have to admit to being somewhat peeved that the guy to my right on the plane appeared to have a full blown cold, which was shared liberally throughout the flight with his frequent hacking coughs and splutters. But again, we were heading to Antigua baby, so it was all good.
A couple of glasses of wine and a good movie later, the delay and germinator forgotten, we were descending onto Antigua. This was by far the most romantic flight I have ever experienced. As a little insight into me and mine, my partner and I had only been together a few short weeks, with our relationship moving along at quite a rate. So this trip was both a business opportunity for him and a romantic first holiday for us. We held hands, chatted animatedly about the week ahead and generally enjoyed being together without our beautiful children.
When we landed in the new airport terminal, Cal (my partner) collected the hire car that he had arranged through a new local contact and we headed to our resort in Dickenson Bay, at Halcyon Cove. We were met with our all-inclusive wristbands (colour coded to represent newbies, returners, leavers and day passes) and a drink of punch. The holiday had officially started…
Day One (arrival day) started with the usual room critique, view and accessibility assessment. I am happy to say Room 351 passed. After changing into something weather appropriate, it was a very pleasant 28 degrees with blue skies and wispy clouds, we headed down to the Lobby Bar and then onto Shirley Heights. Wow, like seriously, wow. We missed the sunset part of the experience as we arrived late, but we were reminded that the sunset was not an additional charge for entrance, so no discounts were given for late arrivals. Hilarious! The atmosphere was fantastic. There were people dancing and grooving everywhere, from couples to groups of friends and even the occasional enthusiastic single person throwing some shapes. There was a total mix of ages and cultures, with everyone fully immersed in their own bubble of joy. The music was live, loud and great quality, offering a Caribbean twist on songs we all knew. Before we had arrived there had been a steel band, which I am reliably told is fantastic and sets the mood for the rest of the evening.
There was a BBQ available to those interested and a bar, as you would expect. We danced our jet lag into submission, aided by a few rum punches and fully embraced the atmosphere and culture in this most stunning of settings. What an amazing start to our week.
We ended the evening sitting on sun loungers on the beach back at our resort, looking up at the stars in the clear skies, remarking together about this beautiful gem of an island.
It was already Thursday…our week was moving along.
You really shouldn’t miss St Johns and a fishing tour had fallen into my hands through the luck of happenstance so the morning happened to be free. It was time to journey in and visit the easy capital. There are not many capitals in this world that offer free parking and a relaxed atmosphere yet keep their vibrancy. I have seen many in the caribbean and I can’t think of better sized ones. Not too small not too large. Let me be picky for a moment they could use some more buildings that are as beautiful as St John’s Cathedral.
It really is a pleasant sight on a hot day and really worth the ‘hike’ it feels like as St Johns don’t do sidewalks ! Taking your stroller or pram you will be supremely frustrated as indeed if you are in a wheelchair. But do as the locals do in that case and ride on the road the traffic is as slow as need be. There was a demonstration in town of note where the locals donned blue Tees with a slogan I cannot recall but Dalston saw myself and Sanchia there. He lives nearby where I parked up and he said he saw us by the police station. I wanted to get Sanchia’s reaction to a sight that always impresses me against this compact city that of a cruise ship in dock, or two ..or four as can be accommodated. We walked around the various landmarks and soaked up the friendly vibe as we fanned away from the developed quay areas into the real St Johns.
There are no, no go areas its a safe city and country by choice of the locals it looks like.
You might like to wander for a couple of hours and rest a bit, but more was not for me – we had to get going anyway as I had a big deal to look forwards to perhaps – I was not sure. I was to go on a fishing trip ! A sea fishing trip.
Sea Fishing in Antigua…trolling to be precise… I saved that as a separate blog post as it was so big and the most fun thing to blog about I just had to.
I thoroughly recommend you book that tour through tony to get the best rates and grouping people together – its your best chance to get on a proper sea fishing boat with others sharing the cost – it’s mighty hard to do otherwise. Contact us to help arrange your sea fishing experience->
So I got back that evening to find Sanchia had been bothered to a large degree by a beach vendor that simply didn’t take no for an answer and it was the only single negative aspect of the trip. He clearly wanted to do more than sell tours and this guy needs taking off the list or a good smacking. I myself confronted him I think the day after and it wasn’t pretty but he was told in no uncertain terms to stay away from us. I think San had a nice afternoon and evening otherwise and she has enough character to not let that ruin her day. She took this photo.
We had a booking for the Warri Pier that evening and this should be on the list for the best restaurants in Antigua because of the location over the sea by about 50m. First however the resort put on some young dancers wearing colourful costumes. When the water is a little clearer (El Nino was making Antigua less than normal) you can see the snook chasing smaller fish below it transfixes me. I was on a cloud clearly from my fishing tour earlier and wanted to see the fish below but it was too cloudy.
The meal was very nice indeed and service was excellent. It was such a nice experience to dine in the almost open air and above the water.
I was feeling the effects of my fishing trip and all those banks beers I consumed and my body was calling me to sleep. I would try a power nap on the beach Sanchia was way more energetic dancing on the beach from what it looked like from my beach lounger ! I drifted off for a wee while knowing that this could make me even more sleepy but its so desirable…
10 minutes later I went to the bar an dropped a tequila shot inside of me (Fenton saw me from the band stand and smiled) I was not going to let Sanchia down – we were going down Dickenson Bay beach at night to see what was what..
Putters bar was the only place going that had a few patrons Ana’s on the beach which used to be peppers and lime. We congregated near the air hockey and pool table at the very top end and just an annoyingly short time after I considered to put money into the air hockey the guy came and said not to as it would not work. This I had very immediately ascertained myself. He made up for it by saying that the pool table was simply free to use. It was a bit on the worn side but good enough to whoop San’s ass 2 or 3-0. That was that for a very full day one in which I caught my biggest fish ever !
If you pardon the pun I may be in your boat; liking the idea of sea fishing but being denied by the cost (unless you can build your own group).
Tony from Tony’s Watersports in Dickenson Bay was for once a welcome beach vendor !
He had said to me that I could do regular big fish sea fishing (trolling) for 150 USD ! I said it sounded too cheap as previously you get figures starting from 450USD and upwards on other days and other islands never had a sea fishing trip been within reach. The once exception was a boat from key west where you dangled a bait with 30 others from a bigger static boat – not at all like this !
This the sea-fishing for Sailfish, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, King Fish, Tuna, Wahoo etc
I had to admit there then on the beach I was really keen but the boat was due to leave in the morning and that was hard for me getting up in Antigua – I know what your thinking but I like to sniff the evening air I am a sufferer of FMO The fear of missing out… Perhaps more problematic was the poor wifi connection and the fact that SMS which I had or mobile phone was getting dropped by people in favour of whats app to keep information flowing. So at one point I didn’t get to give Tony a message (we didn’t have each others number and I dropped the flyer !). We got back at midnight to a message he had tried to get me at the hotel. So I went to bed thinking that was that and was slightly miffed annoyed by my hotels lack of connection. In the morning Tony came back and the tour seemed to have shifted to the afternoon and was I interested. So I accepted and I was going fishing ! I still didn’t imagine it was going to be the real deal at 150 USD however there were some others so it could be great.
http://antigua.fish a new website all about fish and fising in Antigua.
Tony will drive fisherman down (to do the tour inclusive in the price) to the catamaran dock in Falmouth a hidden away gem in that area worth a detour in a rental car. It was at that point after the colourful drive down with vendor Tony and other fishermen Tim and Steve that we got to step out next to the boat Obsession.
One of the issues with Antigua is the cost of getting your own transport to the tour as often its not included and is expensive addition when if you book through someone like Tony he can take you as part of the deal . If you need a cheaper alternative to the fixed price taxi fares there are a couple of Best Antigua recommended taxi guides on this website. To get in touch with Tony use the contact form at the end of the adventure.
The catamaran dock in Falmouth
Back at the dock in the bay where you can sit we were introduced to the crew and Captain Derek. He has a lot of experience and accreditation. Behind was the Obsession and my worries immediately vaporised. Obsession is a lovely boat as you can see and well kitted out. On the tour soft drinks and beer are the options available so take snacks with you. I paid Tony in full in cash and there is the facility to pay by card at the dock. You can take a bathroom break here before boarding. 10 minutes later we were busy filming the lovely boats in Falmouth.
As the fishing boat powered out to the south side fishing spots that give the chance of catching, the boat has the electronics to help find the fish too. We were not given direction on how to set up the rods as its not the kind of thing that would happen at this level but the young Chris was helpful in answering any questions I had. Derek was driving up on the top of the boat. We had a total of five rods two out rigged rods two from the rear and a rod high in the middle spinning direct out back.
This setup is easy to keep the lines from tangling. I chatted to Steve and agreed that it felt like we were landing and playing the fish more than we were fishing but we were novices and I am sure that you can have more input if you are experienced. I also felt that a big take and Marlin on the end would get us hooked on this different kind of fishing and all that would be forgotten. So whose rod is whose? In fact it seemed to be survival of the fittest in this regard on the boat and James and Isabel seemed to be fit taking most of the rods !
About an hour in nothing had yet happened but I was happy getting to grips with the mental working out the rigs and the chatting to the others. I still have a passion for fishing of any description this was clear so this tour was a little bit about self discovery too.
We were a few miles out it seemed and Antigua was a single deep muddy grey silhouette. The water didn’t at any point offer me any clues that it was going to be an epic day at sea. What I mean by that is that on a few occasions you get a lot of surface action birds fish jumping etc – it suggests a lot is going on underwater and a day on the surface like that has led to many great dives. This afternoon a flying fish far off was all that I saw no turtles etc. Pass me another Banks…
It was my first time on a boat and for 5 hours (length of fishing tour) so I was getting a mild nausea. We got into rougher seas, but really it was not rough. Make sure to drink water in between those beers or anyway to stay hydrated and keep covered in sunscreen or shirt.
The Obsession was a great boat the diesel fumes couldn’t be smelt and it was comfortable and could have taken more people without feeling crowded. We were trolling along and then this happened
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLchg493HsE where James got us off the mark with a Barracuda which made us feel better and that at least we wouldn’t return fish less.
This was Tim in action next
The one that got away ! Sorry Tim that could have easily been the best and most beautiful fish of the day.
Well I needed to get on a rod of my own and I needed to try get the next one I decided. So its not just getting on as many rods as you can it’s well being lucky and I may have got lucky here ?
I did seem to have a knack of spotting the takes despite the Banks consumption and I had decided the next was mine if Steve didn’t make a claim as he had also not made a move for a rod. This time it was a bit different as the bait had been checked and brought in. The rod almost had not settled down it was as if the fish hit it on the way out. In the event I saw it and called and the crew guy (not Chris) I am sorry I forgot your name (please get in touch to edit) got and handed it over – such was my excitement. When you get a ‘take’ you hear the tackle sound like the reel or the bang of the line disengaging with the outrigger it’s exciting as bedroom sport. Sorry to make such a reference however it needs underlining how exciting it is this is what makes a fisherman fish along with the other key ingredient which I believe is that of being in nature.
I wanted to not loose it after Tim’s and it doesn’t mean you haven’t kept the line slack or didn’t set the hook well as these fish have bony heads – but you need to try and keep a tight line. I got into the playing chair and knew I had a decent fish on. What a great moment and life experience I was having. My left bicep even with the help of the rod but rest was burning but I had no intention of resting it.
I remember thinking I had lost the fish at one point but the fish was coming toward the boat JAWS style. Derek told me it was still on from his vantage point. There was another take that James jumped on and I think it was just before ‘my’ rod went off he landed a small rainbow runner.
The boat has to aid in tiring the fish I guess I might have played the fish for 5 minutes when Derek hoped down to try and ‘land’ it. It was a great feeling to almost have it on the boat but I was enjoying the arm agony and the feeling of a big fish on the end. I didn’t think it was a really big fish but I knew it was more than the smaller fish we had caught so far. I kept reeling in and pumping the fish closer – Crew kept telling me to relax and I was trying ! I was not relaxed when winding the reel as the slack line is the better chance for the fish to shake free.
Captain Derek landed the Wahoo aboard. I immediately felt the slack line and rested. I was so very happy the exact opposite of the Wahoo I should imagine. That Wahoo will kill no other fish either as a human I am guilty of engineering myself within his food-chain.
Ice was put onto the wahoo that was placed directly in the fish cooler. I seemed to be more interested in wanting to get my picture taken of it time to reflect on that later.
I was feeling slightly for Tim, Steve and Isabella hoped they would jump on the next take it was theirs ? Another Barracuda this time for Isabella hopefully made her vacation as well, at least the tour. A funny moment was that she didn’t of course want to hold the fish. No more fish were taken though of course for me I was happy and wanted other fish for us all in truth. We wound back to the harbour with a missed take in all that remained.
A funny thing happened I think I filled up with beer ! I couldn’t wait to tell and show Sanchia my girlfriend about it all. It has also been a great trip and a good test of my super zoom compact camera, most all of the video and shots of this trip were taken with it. It has a stunning set of features and a zoom that brought boats in close from afar. There is always something to see in Antigua and even now I got some last video.
Derek prepared the fish on a steel table after I got my photo opportunity. Derek’s pets were already waiting as we docked; tarpon always a delight for me the biggest I have ever seen cruise the docks at Key West but they are a good looking dinosaur age fish.
Derek gave us all some steaks to take back and cook Tim and Steve were self catering so they could cook theirs but the resorts are being unclear to the fishing tour companies on if they accept meat from customers for liability reasons and I was adamant that I didn’t want my resort to waste any steaks (IF THEY DID NOT) I took away so I never ate any of my Wahoo.
Here is Steve and Tim’s video
If you want to book this trip contact Derek’s or Tony’s team here. If you are in the north maybe try Tony to see if he will drive you down.
Billed as “The Caribbean’s greatest summer festival” Antigua and Barbuda’s Carnival is one of the twin island state’s biggest events, often attracting thousands of visitors both regionally and internationally to join in the celebrations. The official carnival celebrations take place from July 25-August 4 with a number of competitions and shows including music, pageantry and mas. Most of the events take place in the capital, St. John’s, at the historic Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG). Of course, if you’re visiting for carnival, this means that you need a place to stay! The question is where is the best place to stay if you don’t know Antigua but want to take part? Here are 5 recommendations for the best place to stay if you’re visiting for Antigua’s Carnival.
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Located in downtown St. John’s, Heritage Hotel is a great place to stay if seeing and hearing the hustle and bustle of the city is an attraction rather than a deterrent. The Heritage Hotel is on the main tourist area in St. John’s, located within the Heritage Quay shopping plaza. An easy 10-15 minute walk will take you straight to the ARG and carnival city where most of the action takes place. The hotel sits right on the waterfront overlooking the harbor where cruise ships come in, and has a scenic boardwalk on which to explore the area.
Joe Mikes Hotel, Restaurant and Casino
Joe Mikes, a small family run hotel, is in the heart of St. John’s, and therefore the heart of carnival. This unassuming building is located on Nevis Street and is therefore close to all of the amenities that St. John’s has to offer. There’s a restaurant downstairs for those who don’t want to go too far for meals, although there are also dozens of choices just steps down the street. Unlike most other accommodation, Joe Mikes Hotel is fully incorporated with carnival. They host the weekly Jam Corner events, where both established and up and coming artistes showcase their songs in the lead up to carnival. They also participate in the t-shirt mas and J’ouvert events, allowing patrons to party in a fun filled and safe atmosphere on the streets of St. John’s. There’s also a casino downstairs if you are looking for a few hours for other entertainment.
ELS Guest House
Located in Radio Range on the outskirts of St. John’s, ELS is a great place to stay that’s not too far from the action that takes place mainly in St. John’s but not too close to be disturbed by most of the noise or commotion. This four story guesthouse features one and two bedroom suites, each with their own private balconies. Each room is air conditioned, and has internet and cable TV, along with a microwave or stove. If you don’t feel like preparing anything yourself, there’s also a small restaurant on the top floor to cater for your gastronomic needs, as well as a games room to have some fun. The roof top is also designed as an open air relaxation area where you can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding area and St. John’s.
Jolly Beach Resort
One of the larges resorts on the island, Jolly Beach Resort features one of the best beaches in Antigua with a two mile stretch of beautiful white sand. Although located in the quiet village of Bolans, it’s no more than a 15 minute drive to St. John’s, and public bus transportation is easily available just outside the resort. With specials just for carnival time and their own t shirt mas group, this is one hotel that definitely caters for those looking to vacation with a carnival twist. Enjoy the amenities of a shopping center, numerous restaurants and bars and a supermarket without the hustle and bustle of town. You can choose an all-inclusive package or self-cater at one of your numerous restaurant options. Jolly Beach Resort definitely offers the best of both worlds.
Paige Pond Country Inn
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If you’re in need of a place to relax during or after the carnival action, then Paige Pond Country Inn may be the place for you. Located in the tranquil village of Buckleys, this self-catering accommodation is the perfect place to “detox” after a hard day (or night) of carnival partying. Expect ensuite accommodation and other perks such as Wi-Fi internet for uploading those pictures as well as cable tv. Since you are located along a bus route there’s easy access to town, but you’re also only a 20 minute drive away if you’re driving. It’s the perfect getaway for the carnival partiers.
Another great option is the Anchorage Hotel – not on the beach and so representing a cheaper way to stay. Check that hotel on booking.com it’s well located to get you into St Johns fast.
Get to know some of the bigger Antiguan Exports as we look a bit deeper into the profile of Tian Winter
One of Antigua and Barbuda’s best known stars, Tian Winter has worked hard to become one of the popular artistes on the international soca scene. Even from the young age of 10, Tian reported that he received positive feedback on his vocal talents. His influences are evident through different genres, from R&B legends such as R. Kelly and Michael Jackson to soca superstars such as Machel Montano.
Tian’s singing career officially began in the mid 2000’s as both backing and lead vocals with two popular local bands, Da Bhann and Lejah Band. As a band member he performed at a number of hotels, nightclubs, and Carnival shows. However, the solo spotlight called, and he soon began showcasing his solo talents on the local soca scene, grabbing the second runner up position at the 2007 Antigua and Barbuda soca monarch competition with his song “The Best in Me”.
With this performance, he gained the attention of a number of top local and regional soca producers such as Mr. Dwain Antrobus, Mr. Kernal Roberts, and Gavin Christopher and Craig Christopher. From the recording sessions with these producers Tian created a string of soca hits, with his song “Heaven” capturing the first runner up position in the 2008 Antigua and Barbuda Groovy Soca Monarch competition.
In 2009 he continued to hone his craft and again entered the Antigua soca monarch competition. This time, he could not be denied, as he captured both available titles, with his song “Soca Rebels” taking the Jumpy Category and “Baby I” winning the Groovy Category. His hard work continued to pay off even after the local competition, as he also placed first runner up in the road march competition for 2009.
Tian has also proved that he is no one hit wonder: in 2012, he again captured both Jumpy and Groovy titles at the Antigua and Barbuda soca monarch competition with his performances of “Raving” and “Cyah Fail Me”. Since then he has consistently performed well in the soca monarch competition, and his 2014 win for “Cyah Miss It” made it three Groovy titles in a row for the talented entertainer.
Tian also displayed his talents outside of Antigua and Barbuda to rave reviews. Some of his regional and international performances include Soca Frenzy at SCALA in London, BFF in Toronto as well as numerous carnivals such as Atlanta Carnival and New York’s Labour Day Carnival. Tian has also had the honor of collaborating on song with a number of top international soca artistes. These include songs like “Bump and Grind” with Trinidadian soca superstar Patrice Roberts, “On the Road” with Vincentian soca star Teddyson John, and many more.
Tian’s work has received worldwide recognition. He was named by The Root as one of 31 up and coming artistes worldwide. His exceptional performances have led to him being named by the Ministry of Culture as an official cultural ambassador for Antigua and Barbuda, paying tribute to his professionalism and his efforts in promoting Antigua and Barbuda on the international scene.
Tian Winter is currently a fixture on many of the pre-fetes leading up to carnival, and in 2015 he will be featured in a number of shows including Power Rumble (July 17), Red Eye (July 18), and La Playa Privada (July 26). It should be noted that Tian is not a one man show, but is often accompanied by his backing band, iConic, along with his energetic and talented dancers, iCandy. Tian Winter has definitely made himself a force to be reckoned with both on the locally in Antigua and Barbuda and on the international soca arena.
A friend has told me that underdog is getting to be a place to be for a fun evening and night in Jolly Harbour.
It is getting to be a popular late night spot in JH, replacing West Point. Most nights, West Point would close at around midnight and the people would go over. They remain quite busy even through this off-season period, whereas other places are dead. So they now have entertainment: karaoke every Tuesday and Saturday nights from 9pm, bingo on Friday nights from 8:30pm followed by a (very good) live band every other Friday nights (pictures attached), ukelele jam session on Wednesday from 4-6pm. They are closed on Monday night. Something for you to look forward to when you come to town.
Thanks John !
Superbowl 50 at De Underdog
Sport fishing in Antigua usually means offshore boat fishing (aka Sea Fishing) but there is an increasing amount of lake and brackish water fishing like the salt flats as an example. But firstly lets run down the usual sport fishing that takes place in Antigua.
There are 2 kinds to concern yourself with deep sea and bottom fishing. The former is more expensive and for the more experienced. this doesn’t mean you should discount it outright but you might get more seasick and find it a bit less relaxing, some call this the ultimate kind of fishing indeed a 400 lb fish is extreme. Don’t expect that by the way, one of the joys of visiting the Antigua fishing tournament is that you can see sometimes what such a fish looks like. Even a 200 lb Marlin is very impressive but you won’t see Marlin as they are protected and catch and release applies.
Read this real life experience of a sea fishing tour in Antigua.
Deep sea fishing usually involves trolling lures that this fast pelagic fish kind hit. Fish such as Mahi Mahi (also known as dolphin fish and rainbow runners) King fish, Tuna Marlin Sail fish and Baracuda are on the cards oh I forgot Wahoo too ! This is usually in deeper waters and this is why these kind of charters are more expensive as the boat diesel for a start to get out 10 miles plus is a factor. You might try bottom or regular boat fishing or reef fishing for the fish that inhabit the reefs. Grouper might be your big target fish though in danger as they have a long time before they reach sexual maturity and can’t breed while young. So fishing out a bigger older fish deprives the reproduction. You don’t see many scuba-diving these days. More likely candidates are snappers and hind and grunt fish. Your boat might be able to anchor in calmer water but unless you are used to it sea sickness can affect novice fishermen. This fishing is much more relaxing and less taxing as the fish are smaller but the rods not as powerful. You most likely won’t need a harness here. In deep sea fishing the crew will be ready to get the harness on you should you hook in to a big one. There are lures that have no hooks and that are designed to wrap around the bill of the marlin and sail fish though not common on charters. Because smell is important the bait could be a hybrid bait plus lure so the first part is a lure with bright attracting thingys and then there is the hook where you would hook your baitfish.
What does sea fishing cost in Antigua ?
Prices for bottom fishing are cheaper and you can get around 6 fisherman on the boat from 450 USD splitting the cost (based on a 4 hour fishing session). For trolling or deep sea it is a bit more and expectation is for a longer trip up to 12 hours costing in excess of 1000 USD.
The folks at Best Antigua have organised perhaps the best value and very real trolling fishing tour in Antigua just for their readers ! Click on the contact us and mention you want to book the sea fishing tour that’s all !
What fishes can you catch in Antigua ?
Mahi Mahi, King fish, Tuna (Black and Yellow fin), Marlin Sail Fish, Barracuda and Wahoo. And a host of kinds like snapper grunts groupers and bat fish.
Take a look at the Fishes found in Antigua page.
Take a look at some of these – http://www.superpuppan.se/Antigua2.html
Fishing Websites in Antigua
A new and upcoming website for Fishing in Antigua – Antigua.Fish
Fishing on the Obsession in Antigua –http://www.charternet.com/charters/obsession/index.html
See our blog post on this trolling in Antigua
Boating Websites in Antigua
Good Fishing Articles Online
This is a nice account of a guys experience of sea fishing in Antigua http://www.planetseafishing.com/features/read/antigua-adventure-fishing
Good tips here in this forum post on fishing in st James club dark wood beach and dickenson bay
A quick useful and joyful read about fishing from your cruiser Quit Wishin Go Fishin
She came she saw she worked and partied and tanned up a bit Nichole Scherzinger was hosting her X Factor babies here in Antigua. I wanted to share this link which has more on the story. It’s great publicity for Antigua I’m just pissed that I didn’t meet her 😛
Photo copyright REX /Tom Dymond
it’s been a rewarding but protracted period of commute, career, maybe family commitments and you deserve a break away for a week or two. Let me walk you through a destination where you and yours will be treated as royalty. That destination is ‘the ridge’ Sugar Ridge in Antigua.
Turn off from your high touch world as much or as little as you like. With omnipresent Wi-Fi you won’t be limited by location, pool, restaurant, room, gym etc. Catch up on your reading or use your laptop or tablet while relaxing in the infinity pool on top of the hill at the renowned Carmichael’s restaurant. Just Instagram that view and watch the followers flock in !
Carmichael’s you should absolutely reserve, and anticipate the experience. Often serving Antigua’s most important dignitaries and famous, with Caribbean fusion dishes created by the head chef. Carmichael’s position on the ridge was chosen for the views which are simply unparalleled, out across to the uninhabited Redonda and to St Kitts and Nevis.
Carmichael’s is not the only restaurant at Sugar Ridge, the Sugar Club bar and restaurant is tastefully contemporary in design – let’s describe it as Caribbean informal chic.
Throughout the resort rests generous and comfortable ergonomic designer furniture. Poolside and throughout the Sugar Club you will find your own style of lounging- as the locals say ‘limin’.
Villas are also available to accommodate larger parties and families, but let’s get back to YOU. Rooms (lower with plunge pools) with clever spaces are 4 to a building; apple device docks and designer fixtures will accommodate you and your family in style and comfort. I felt the room more like a suite than a room because it is more than a single room with a dining area and balcony and my own entrance and private path. Whisking me around the ridge are the resort’s green electric buggies.
Dare I say the whole resort smells great ! I have no idea how they do that – it’s aromatherapytastic.
A full week of relaxation also involves some activity for the body and mind ensuring that you return to self. Try some yoga or Pilates in the fitness studio or elect to hit the iron with their state of the art machinery and free weights.
If, like me, you like running on the beach and (Antigua is known for its beaches) within minutes you can be barefoot on some of Antigua’s best.
Other Antigua activities include a new clay pigeon shooting range, ziplining or simply hike a part of Antigua’s nature on one of the many trails. Visit the charming Antiguan interior with its sugar mills and historic dockyards once manned by Nelson himself. Antigua of course has water-sports galore, jet-skis and hobbie cats to scuba diving. Not your thing? Charter a boat for a day (crew or no crew) sail. On Sunday don’t miss the Shirley Heights BBQ attraction where Steel Band meets views atop Nelsons Dockyard and English Harbour.
One of Antigua’s most popular tours is the getting married in Antigua tour ! And Sugar Ridge has your most special day covered. Brides are treated to in house makeup with the specially trained Aveda makeup artist using ONLY their range of high end AVEDA makeup products. Sugar Ridge is arguably one of the best spots to say ‘I do’ in the world.
The Aveda Concept Spa, the only one in Antigua is part of Sugar Ridge Club.
A full range of massages and treatments is available, for example; the hot stone massage a personal favourite. Look your best for Carmichael’s with a stop at the hair salon and beauty parlour.
So there you have it – your next holiday planned. The sorting out is also easy; flights to Antigua are easy to find and represent great value with both Virgin Atlantic and British Airways competing for this route from Gatwick. Decide on the room basis you would like from ‘All Inclusive’ to ‘Bed and Breakfast’ and pick your dates – luxury at Sugar Ridge is 12 hours away door to door.
Calvin Crane is passionate about resorts and relaxing in style in the Caribbean.
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