Antigua Journals

Week in Antigua

A May 2006 trip to Antigua by DeniseLao

Coconut Beach Club Photo, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda More Photos
Quote: A review of my experiences in Antigua.

Coconut Beach Club

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Coconut Beach Club Photo, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
Coconut Beach Club is supposedly rated a three-star hotel, but it actually is a high 1 or low 2 star, based on my experience at the hotel. Below is a breakdown:Bathroom: dingy. The first room we stayed at had an awful odor - urine-scented is not at all appealing!Towels: the front desk claimed the towels were two weeks old as of 5/26/2006, but how could two week old towels be gray, and have holes in them?Sheets: had a weird smellBalcony: all balconies are ocean-front and most have a hammockDining: this hotel offers a European plan and an all-inclusive plan. DO NOT opt for the all-inclusive plan. The food was awful:Breakfast is $12 per person: selection wa...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 1, 2006

Coconut Beach Club
Yepton Beach
Antigua, Guatemala

Russell's Bar & Seafood

Restaurant | "Russell's Bar & Seafood"

Russell's Bar & Seafood Photo, Antigua and Barbuda, Caribbean
Russell's is situated in Fort James in a restored fort. Upon entry, we heard soothing jazz music playing, saw local musicians drinking and eating at the bar and Russell chatting with customers. We ordered conch fritters as an appetizer and for the main course—the fish specials for the day—fried red snapper and Mahi Mahi. While dining on our amazing food and sipping on our Carib and Wadadli beer, we watched the sunset over Fort James Beach. For dessert, I had an ice cream with calypso coffee (a strong concoction of liqueur, coffee, whipped cream and sugar).

Stop by Sunday nights and listen to live jazz musicians play.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 3, 2006

Russell's Bar & Seafood
Fort James
Antigua, Guatemala
(268) 462-5479

Half Moon Bay Beach

Attraction | "Half Moon Bay"

Half Moon Bay Beach Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
Half Moon Bay, which is about a 5 minute drive from Freetown, was rated as one of the best beaches in the world. Waters are clear...hardly crowded...good snorkeling...and a beautiful sight to photograph.

During my stay in Antigua, we visited this crescent shaped beach almost everyday. The center of the crescent is most active—people body surf here. The northern end is the calmest point, where people just sit back and relax. Reef is just a few feet away from the shore. Expect to see babies swimming around, tangs, and flounder. I saw a barracuda and quickly swam back to the shore.

By the abandoned hotels is a trail. Didn't get a chance to hike it, maybe next time.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 2, 2006

Half Moon Bay Beach
Half Moon Bay
Mannings, Guatemala

Carib Bean Coffee Company

Attraction | "Carib Bean Coffee"

Carib Bean Coffee Company Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
I'm a coffee lover, and during my stay in Antigua I had to have a cup of joe. On the road to Falmouth Harbor is an itsy-bitsy sign that points to Carib Bean Coffee, a small coffee roaster on the island. At this shop you can pick up pound bags of a variety of coffees. You can also order a cup of coffee and sip on it while watching the staff roast coffee beans. I recommend their iced coffee which is about $7 EC - $2.60 USD.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 2, 2006

Carib Bean Coffee Company
Falmouth Harbour
St John's, Guatemala
+1 268 462 JAVA (528

Shirley Heights Lookout Bar and Restaurant

Restaurant | "Shirley Heights"

Shirley Heights Lookout Bar and Restaurant Photo, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
If you have nothing planned for Sunday afternoon/night, head to Shirley Heights. On Sunday afternoon, fires are started for BBQ served to the many people—residents and visitors—who just want to satisfy their hunger. While munching on the delicious barbecue ranging from steel-band music to reggae to soca. Hotels often arrange a trip out to Shirley Heights from 4 to 7pm. If you have a car, go for the sunset. The party really starts after dark when the tourists leave.

My suggestion: Jerk Pork, which comes with Salad and Fries.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 7, 2006

Shirley Heights Lookout Bar and Restaurant
Near English Harbor
(268) 728-0636