Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua & Barbuda
7 Days Itinerary:
Please note! The Itinerary could be changed, depending on the wind direction.
This Marina is the perfect start for your cruise as the facilities here are second to none. You find well stocked supermarket, many restaurants and bars, a swimming pool and tennis courts, and a short walk to a lovely white sand beach which boasts Castaways Beach Bar and Restaurant. A perfect spot to enjoy happy hour in the islands.
After your chart and boat briefing, you will be assisted off the dock. A 2 hour sail will take you north to Deep Bay. Deep Bay is home to the wreck of the Andes merchant ship which went down due to a fire in 1908. Take your dinghy and snorkel over the shallow wreck; home to many fish. For the more adventurous, head to the beach and take the hike up to the top of the hill with beautiful views of the Caribbean. Explore the ruins of Fort Barrington which was once an observation post in days gone by.
From Deep Bay, sail further north to Dickenson Bay. This is a bustling bay with a white sand beach about a mile long. On the north side of the bay you will find Sneaky Pete beach bar; a perfect stop to sample a local rum punch or the local beer Carib. Sneaky Pete is also a keen racing cyclist in Antigua so do ask him about his performance!
Enjoy dinner at either Coconut Groves Restaurant or Ana on the Beach a laid-back bar and restaurant with pink day beds virtually in the water. Occasional jazz evenings and art showings happen here.
Sail from Dickenson Bay into the North Sound of Antigua. This area offers a get away from it all experience and an opportunity to explore all of the offshore islands that cluster along the north reef. Anchor at Great Bird Island and, if you are lucky, you will find a make-shift bar with a lady who bobs around in the water until a boat arrives. Hike to the top of Great Bird Island (remember good shoes) and you will see the Atlantic on one side of you and the Caribbean Sea on the other.
From the North Sound, sail south along the protected west coast and stop for a beachside lunch at one of the restaurants; OJ, Jacqui , Denis and Turners. Everything is on offer from French/Caribbean fusion cuisine to goat curry. You will get a good view of Montserrat and Redonda from here. Hoist your sails and sail further south into Carlisle Bay. Carlisle Bay is a beautiful bay surrounded by steep hills and lush vegetation. Spot the turtles as you snorkel on the south side of the bay; they seem to enjoy it here too!
From Carlisle Bay, sail east to Green Island. This is an uninhabited island that nestles at the entrance to Nonsuch Bay a large bay which is ideal for paddle boarding or for trying your hand at kite surfing. Dine ashore at Harmony Hall which is an Italian restaurant clinging on the side of the bay overlooking your yacht. This is a wonderful setting for a glass of rose and a plate of home-made pasta.The bar is a converted sugar mill and is worth exploring. You will also find artists displaying their wares at the art gallery here and a nice pool for a dip.
You can pick up a few supplies at Nonsuch Bay Resort; they have a small store. It also a welcoming place where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Take a short, downwind sail from Green Island and sail into English Harbour to see Nelsonâ Dockyard and where Nelson hid his ships years ago. Sail out and enter Falmouth Harbour home to Antigua Yacht Club. Drop anchor and take a stroll along Pigeon Beach. During high season, treat yourself to a glass of bubbles at Catherine Cafe© sur Plage a lovely French, waterfront restaurant. Dinghy ashore in the evening and enjoy the yachtie chat at Skulduggery famous for their espresso martinis. Dinner could be at many of the restaurants within walking distance Cloggy, Club Sushi, Le Cap Horn and Mad Mongoose. Try Abracadabra for some late night drinking and dancing.
Today you complete your Antigua sailing itinerary.