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Antigua is the centre of yachting – especially superyachting – in the Caribbean.  We arrived into English Harbour on the south coast to meet up with friends, expecting to find ourselves in a tropical version of the Solent.  Instead we found English Harbour very pleasant and civilised, and we appreciated the historical feel of the place.  There’s plenty of good walking around the area and a favourite walk of ours was up and round the headlands from English Harbour to Falmouth Harbour through cacti, aloe plants, humming birds, many goats and amidst spectacular views to a small beach where the beach bar did excellent fruit smoothies!  We also walked up to Shirley Heights for the weekly tourist bash, where loads of large Americans and sweaty Brits get bussed up, get drunk and get bussed back down.  We arrived early enough to appreciate the spectacular views over English and Falmouth Harbours and to enjoy the excellent steel band – they call them steel orchestras over here – before wandering back down again.

Further round the spectacular south coast we met up with “Jemima”, another boat with kids on, with whom we spent a good couple of days cruising before we moved on northwest towards Nevis.
Date(s): March 2006. Album by Gerard Coulson. Photos by Gerard Coulson. 1 - 34 of 34 Total. 3099 Visits.
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Arriving Antigua

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The boys and Amanda in the fort overlooking English Harbour

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English Harbour from the fort

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Rob, Tom and Dave

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Clarabella - extreme left - in Ordnance Bay

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A humming bird approaching an Aloe tree with a lizard on!

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Antigua 14

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Antigua 15

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Antigua 16

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Overlooking Nelson's Dockyard

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The entrance to English harbour

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Antigua 42

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A tiny Optomist dinghy in front of Mirabella V, the largest single-masted yacht in the world

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Mirabella dwarfs the rest of the superyachts in Falmouth

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At Shirley Heights

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English and Falmouth Harbours, from Shirley Heights.  Clarabella is on the left

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Antigua 57

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Antigua 60

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Antigua 66

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Antigua 67

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Antigua 74

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Clarabella off Nelson's Dockyard

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Nelson's Dockyard

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Antigua 81

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Antigua 82

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Antigua 83

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Antigua 84

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Capstans, restored in the 50's by my Daddy!

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Another very nice Rebecca!

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Antigua 89

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Approaching Jolly harbour on the west coast.  Look at that sea!

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At anchor at Five Islands on the west coast

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An early morning farewell from our friends on Jemima

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