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Top ChoiceBeach in English Harbour

Rendezvous Bay

After a 90-minute walk through the rainforest (or by a far shorter stony path from Springhill Riding Stables in Falmouth) you'll arrive at one of Antigua's loveliest beaches. Because of its remoteness, you'll...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in English Harbour

Nelson’s Dockyard National Park

Nelson’s Dockyard National Park

Continuously in operation since 1745, this extensively restored Georgian-era marina is Antigua's top sightseeing draw and was made a Unesco World Heritage site in 2016. Today its restored buildings house...

Top ChoiceFrench in English Harbour

Catherine's Cafe Plage

Downright fancy for a beachside restaurant, delightful Catherine's overlooks the boats of Falmouth Bay and Pigeon Beach's shimmering sands. Hosts Claudine and Guillaume regale expats, yachties and locals with...

Top ChoiceFrench Caribbean in English Harbour

Colibri

The most talked-about recent addition to English Harbour's fine slew of dining options, Colibri is the brainchild of French transplant Didier, who helms a professional team working hard to bring its diners a...

Historic Site in English Harbour

Shirley Heights

This restored military lookout and gun battery was named after Sir Thomas Shirley (1727–1800), who became the first Governor of the Leeward Islands in 1781. Get some historical background at the small...

Natural Feature in English Harbour

Pillars of Hercules

The entrance to English Harbour is guarded by this phalanx of rock soldiers eroded by the relentless wind, rain and crashing waves. The formation is best appreciated from a boat but it's also possible to get...

Portuguese in English Harbour

Flatties Flame Grill

A local institution, Mark and Amanda's roadside grill sees quality meats and spices get orchestrated into culinary symphonies, mostly of Portuguese origin. The signature dish is the peri-peri chicken, a succulent...

Caribbean in English Harbour

Shirley Heights Lookout Restaurant

Feast on jerk chicken, Creole fish or lobster salad while taking in splendid views of English Harbour from this hilltop restaurant in the restored stone guardhouse of this colonial military lookout and gun...

Italian in English Harbour

Incanto

A mother and son team from Milan have created one of Antigua's best dining experiences, complete with fabulous views of the bay. Just getting to this strip of land opposite Nelson's Dockyard is an adventure; take...

Bakery in English Harbour

VJ's Bakery

Since 1989, this family-run outfit has evolved from a small backyard bakery to a modern facility that churns out not only fresh bread but a mind-boggling selection of habit-forming cakes, including red velvet,...

Pizza in English Harbour

Famous Mauro

Surprisingly the real deal, complete with wood-fired oven and a charismatic Italian chef with something of a personality cult surrounding him, Famous Mauro is a simple place that arguably serves the best pizza on...

International in English Harbour

Trappas

It’s often standing-room only in this dining room with tropical murals and a big bar. Expats, locals and yachties descend upon this long-time hangout for upscale comfort food such as breaded calamari with garlic...

Mediterranean in English Harbour

Sun Ra

Named for the American jazz composer, this upscale but laid-back lair is great for a chill lunch or romantic dinner. Appropriately mellow jazz goes well with candlelit tables on a wooden waterfront deck...

Caribbean in English Harbour

Grace Before Meals

Grace Piper's brightly painted bungalow dishes up divine home-cooked fare at blessedly low prices – a rarity in English Harbour. The roti is a specialty alongside other soul-sustaining West Indian staples, such...

Beach in English Harbour

Pigeon Beach

This tree-shaded community beach has showers, bathrooms, a playground and several cafes and bars, but only so-so snorkeling. The water is remarkably tranquil though, meaning it's a good beach for families. The...

Pizza in English Harbour

Cap Horn

Cap Horn offers you the choice of one dining room where its ever-popular pizza is baked in a wood-fired oven, and another more formal space where a fancier bistro menu is served. In both spaces, the welcome is...

Church in English Harbour

St Barnabas Anglican Church

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 the early 19th century and converted into a church after...

Museum in English Harbour

Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre

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 past the entrance to Shirley Heights. Part of the Nelson's...

Beach in English Harbour

Galleon Beach

The beach closest to the entrance of English Harbour, Galleon borders a resort and thus has plenty of facilities, calm waters and a snorkeling reef close to shore. Take the turn-off from Shirley Heights Rd or...

Caribbean in English Harbour

Bumpkins

Punctuating the north end of lovely Pigeon Beach, Bumpkins is the go-to place for sublime banana piña coladas, but also feeds fans of unfussy local fare with garlic shrimp, barbecued ribs, jerk chicken, pulled...