Betty's Hope


Ponder Antigua's colonial past while poking around a restored stone windmill, as well as remnants of the Great House, the distillery and other buildings of the island's first sugar plantation, established in 1674 by Christopher Codrington and named for his daughter. An interpretive center demystifies the sugar-making process and provides glimpses into the hardship of daily life on the plantation, which had around 400 slaves at its peak.

The site straddles a quiet hill at the end of a 0.6-mile dirt track south of Pares, off the road to Long Bay.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Antigua attractions

1. Antigua's Donkey Sanctuary

2.71 MILES

Meet Charley, Chrissy, blind Stevie or any of the other 150 or so stray donkeys that have found a loving home in this sanctuary operated by the Antigua &…

2. Sir Vivian Richards Stadium

3.47 MILES

Antigua's cricket stadium was named for the nation's most famous player and built for the 2007 ICC World Cup. It can seat up to 10,000 spectators on seats…

3. Long Bay

3.64 MILES

A favorite beach with locals, Long Bay has clear-blue, kid-friendly waters and a gorgeous white-sand beach that’s reef-protected and good for snorkeling…

4. Devil's Bridge

4.24 MILES

Just before reaching Long Bay, a rough 1-mile dirt road veers off the main highway toward this windswept bluff ringed by rugged cliffs shaped by the…

5. Half Moon Bay

4.29 MILES

Water the color of blue curaçao laps this white crescent in the remote southeast. Bodysurfers head to the south end, snorkelers to the calm waters north,…

6. St Barnabas Anglican Church

4.32 MILES

Passing through the village of Liberta en route to English Harbour, this quaint little church on a hill is worth a quick stop. It was built as a school in…

7. Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre

4.81 MILES

For a primer on Antigua's history from the Amerindian era to the present, watch the 15-minute multimedia presentation at this interpretative center just…

8. Nelson’s Dockyard National Park

5.14 MILES

Continuously in operation since 1745, this extensively restored Georgian-era marina is Antigua's top sightseeing draw and was made a Unesco World Heritage…