Antigua and Barbuda travel guide
Though Pigeon Beach is right behind "busy" English Harbour, you have to climb over the hill to reach it, which gives it a secluded feel. Furthermore, the beach has plenty of palms and trees, which means shade and privacy. The narrow strip of sand is soft and the water has just the right shades of blue.
Shirley Heights is a part of the old defense system of English Harbour. It was built by the British in the 18th century when they had lost all of their colonies except for Antigua and Bermuda. The military complex is perched high up on the hill overlooking Nelson’s Dockyard. There are ruins scattered all over the hill top, but unless you are very interested in historical details, the main thing is probably the great view over Nelson’s Dockyard and English Harbour from the many lookouts.
The capital of Antigua is a worn and colourful mismatch of wooden, brick, but mostly concrete houses. Not a single buildings seem to be intact, not even the fine cathedral which is under never-ending reconstruction. Since there is not a lot in terms of tourist attractions, the cruise tourists usually end up shopping in the boutiques at the waterfront. The more adventurous head to the public market packed with fruits, vegetables, fish and spices.