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On the south Eastern coast of Antigua is the town of English Harbour. A sheltered harbour it was long famous for being a refuge from the Caribbean storms. English Harbour's biggest reputation in modern times is that of an internationally renowned sailing and yachting venue. It is also the home of the well known destination of Nelson's Dockyard.
English Harbour got its name, despite being so many miles away from its namesake, in the days when the Royal navy used the area as a base in the eighteenth century. As you would expect the majority of things to do in English Harbour have a nautical flavour. The Queen is still toasted 365 days a year at the Royal Navy "Tot" club, so any British visitors are well received at this historical dockside tradition.
The Sea Wolf Diving School is based on the dockyard in English Harbour and boasts some of the best diving equipment available in Antigua. Anyone booking lessons or a dive with this company can expect to be picked up from their resort which makes a big saving on transport costs. The business offers lessons, certificates and is happy to book one to one sessions.
Sunny Side Yacht Charters offer an eco friendly sailing adventure. Day charters take you to some of Antigua's most beautiful and secluded places. Swimming, snorkelling and cocktails all await the guest as well as tasty food. Guests have the option of having a go at sailing the yacht or just sitting back and watching the blue waters drift by. A perfect way to spend a day relaxing off the island. They also offer trips to the neighbouring island of Barbuda.
There are not a large amount of restaurants in English Harbour but what there is makes up for lack of numbers in quality. Johnny Coconut serves a mixture of Italian and Caribbean food, Trappa's Bar offers a wide range of cuisine and includes a takeaway on its menu. The Lime and Coconut specialise solely in Caribbean cuisine.
For those wishing to actually spend part of their trip at the harbour there are a couple of high quality hotels to chose from. The Inn at English Harbour is a small colonial style hotel offering top quality service, including a boat shuttle to Nelson's Dockyard. It also has its own private beach.
The Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort is a more modern option with stunning views over the marina and its modern day collection of yachts. Spacious and clean the hotel differs from most on the island in that it offers more than an all inclusive package.
An alternative accommodation option can be found in a private rental or by lodging in a B and B. There are a number of luxurious rentals on offer whilst Ocean Inn, Anchorage Rooms and Hale Inn offer a more bed and breakfast type accommodation that you would get in a hotel so are ideal for a quick visit. There are also three "exclusive" resorts in English harbour offering wedding packages and more custom made holidays.
Which ever option you choose an overnight stay or a day trip English Harbour will take you back in time and let you sample the peace and tranquility of the colonial Caribbean.