Rich in eighteenth-century charm and naval heritage, Nelson’s Dockyard is a historical marina featuring all the modern amenities, making it the perfect place to undock and unwind on an unforgettable Antigua charter holiday with The Moorings. For seven days, enjoy unlimited freedom on the water aboard a spacious catamaran or classic monohull and let Antigua melt all your cares away. Whether you plot your own course or follow our suggested itinerary below, there’s no better way to experience the wondrous appeal of this premier travel destination.
Antigua 7 Day Itinerary
Just around the corner from The Moorings base at Nelson’s Dockyard is Falmouth Harbour, where you’ll drop anchor and spend your first evening at sea in the middle of a secluded horseshoe-shaped bay that is every bit as stunning as it is spacious. With three large marinas and an expansive boatyard lined with eye-catching vessels of all kinds, Falmouth Harbour has become a thriving hub for the yachting community. Go ashore to soak up the unique history and culture of Antigua’s original British settlement, where you may also want to enjoy a tempting treat at Sweet T’s Ice Cream Parlour!
Restaurants, bars, provisioning
Another premier marina on the island of Antigua, Jolly Harbour offers an array of amenities and onshore activities for all kinds of visitors. From the 18-hole golf course to the stunning white-sand beach encircling the lovely port, Jolly Harbour takes leisure and enjoyment to the next level. Spend the day exploring the land by bicycle or soaking up some rays at the pool then delight your appetite with a seaside dining experience at one of the village’s fine restaurants, which includes everything from authentic Greek to classic French cuisine, and of course, serves up some of the freshest seafood dishes you’ve ever tasted.
Marina, Moorings balls
Things to do
Shopping, scuba diving, playing tennis or squash, renting bicycles or golf carts
Restaurants, bars, supermarket, ATM, swimming pool, golf, tennis, squash, gym, scuba tours, fuel dock, Wi–Fi, bicycle/golf cart rental, pharmacy
Great Bird Island
Often regarded as a “desert island dream”, Great Bird Island captures the true essence of a do-not-disturb holiday. The snorkelling is remarkable and the views from the hike that leads to the top of the island are spectacular. From the most peaceful of settings to the picture-perfect scenery, Great Bird Island is an offshore sanctuary for charterers, as well as a naturally safe haven for a variety of endangered wildlife species, including red-billed tropic birds and West Indian whistling ducks.
Great Bird Island is actually part of the group of small islands known as the North Sound National Park. Adjacent Rabbit Island is home to the exotic brown pelican, and the largest island of the group, Long Island, has been the site of a successful Hawksbill sea turtle monitoring project.
Things to do
- Explore the bird sanctuary
- Spot exotic wildlife
- Snorkel pristine reefs
- Hike to the top of the island
No facilities available for yachts
Sitting pretty at the northernmost tip of Antigua, Dickenson Bay is one of the most popular areas on the island, boasting many top–tier hotels and resorts. The vast sugar-sand beach that extends across the bay offers idyllic conditions for swimming, sunbathing and is lined with laid-back establishments perfect for bar-hopping. Plus, as the hub for Antigua’s windsurfing scene, Dickenson Bay is a prime location for all sorts of water sports and activities. Just off the coast of the busy bay, discover a few uninhabited islands that are home to a mile-long coral reef, which makes for a superb snorkelling site.
Things to do
Windsurfing, beach bar–hopping, rent sunfish and jet skis, snorkel the coral reef, water skiing, horseback riding
Restaurants, bars, beach kiosks, tennis courts, casino
Uninhabited and unspoilt Green Island is a delightful little hideaway just off the eastern coast of Antigua. This popular Caribbean snorkelling destination comes with plenty of anchorages, exotic bird sightings, and unrivaled relaxation in the middle of an uncrowded serene paradise. Green Island’s neighbour to the left – Nonsuch Bay – is also worth exploring, with its tranquil waters, pleasant sea breezes, and barrier-reef protection.
Things to do
- Reef snorkelling
- Tropical birdwatching
No facilities available for yachts.
English Harbour is a Caribbean sanctuary rich in maritime significance and naval history. The main entrance to the protected harbour features two fortresses standing tall on both sides, transporting you back in time to the 18th century when the Royal Navy’s Caribbean fleet was first established there.
Not far from Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour has plenty to offer all kinds of travellers, with an array of bars and restaurants, and an English pub that serves British fare with a Caribbean twist. There is also duty-free shopping, a museum highlighting the local island history, and “jump up” steel band sessions that are too much fun not to join in.
Things to do
- Dine at one of the local restaurants
- Learn some history at the museum
- Have a picnic at Rendezvous Bay
- Enjoy Wadadli beer while watching the sunset.
- Hike the historical trails
Restaurants, bars, laundry, showers, post office, bakery, Internet café, toilets, dive centre, water, and ice are available.
Diepp Freeman Bay
Home to top-rated Galleon Beach, Freeman’s Bay is an uncrowded sanctuary and the perfect place to spend your last day of uninterrupted bliss aboard your private yacht. A breathtaking haven with lush tropical foliage and splendid snorkelling conditions, Freeman’s Bay is a hidden gem that is just a short distance away from The Moorings base at Nelson’s Dockyard.
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