Antigua Journals

Landmarks, Art & Culture

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A travel journal to Antigua by Jodeci527

Fort James Photo, St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda More Photos
Quote: Important sites, places producing local art and historical locations found in Antigua

Sugar Mills All Around

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Easily Accessible Mill  Photo, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
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Antigua has a colourful history mostly revolving around sugar cane and it's production. The remnants of the Sugar Age are still around today in the form of abandoned sugar factories and the large number of sugar mills which can be found throughout the country. These sugar mills are usually situated in areas which were once large estates, and provided the necessary power needed to grind the juice from the cane stems. Most of the mills today are lacking the gears from inside, yet their brick and mortar structures still stand tall, having braved some of the worse hurricanes and storms to have ravaged the Caribbean archipelago. For persons interested in the bygone days and specific...Read More

Duty Free Shopping in Antigua

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Heritage Quay Photo, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
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Heritage Quay is the largest seaport shopping area in Antigua and is located at the waterfront of the St. John's Harbour. The presence of many different stores and upscale boutiques offer a vibrant shopping experience in a very picturesque area of the city.The buildings within Heritage Quay are painted in bright colours, and each store is bathed in it's own unique hue. From shocking yellow and neon green, to a softer pink and a stunning blue akin to that of the Caribbean Sea, the entire plaza is an irresistable feast for the eyes.Some of the island's largest jewelry stores such as Diamond's International and Jewellers Warehouse have set up shop in the centre of Heritage Quay. T...Read More

Fort James

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Attraction | "Surrounded By Cannons!"

Fort James Photo, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
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Fort James is an old British colonial fort on the North Western side of Antigua, overlooking a beautiful bay appropriately known as Fort Beach. The fortress is situated within a ten minute drive from the capital city of St. John's and it's a great place to visit before taking a dip at either Fort Beach or Runaway Beach.The fort represents one of the most important local landmarks on the island, and several island tours make a stop there. If you are an independent visitor with a vehicle, there are several signs along the main roads which will be of assistance in finding the historical site. Be prepared for a short hike, as the fort is situated atop a small hill, and the terrain is slightly...Read More

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Fort James

St. John's, Antigua

Betty's Hope

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Attraction | "Visiting Betty's Hope"

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Much like many of the islands in the Caribbean, there's a large number of sugar and wind mills scattered about everywhere in Antigua. Some are in reasonably decent condition, others have been restored while most are in various stages of disintegration. These mills have withstood wome of the fiercest elements of nature such as hurricanes and earthquakes, and yet they stand tall through the decades.The most famous sugar mill and wind mill on the island make up part of a small National Park known as Betty's Hope. Situated in the village of Pares, this park was once the largest plantation in Antigua. It was passed around to several owners until it finally became the property of Christopher Co...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2013

Betty's Hope
Pares Village
St. Peter's, Antigua
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Old Road Village

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The villas on the cliffside Photo, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
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Old Road is the very first established community on the island of Antigua, located quite a distance from the capital city. In retrospect, it's actually one of the furthest countryside communities. The best way to view the area for the very first time, is via Fig Tree Drive starting from the turn-off at Tyrells on the All Saints Main Road.After passing through several small districts such as Follys and John Hughes, you'll encounter many curves and bends in the winding narrow road before arriving at Old Road. This island village is akin to those you would expect to find in the Southern Caribbean islands, rather than on a popular tourist destination such as Antigua and St. Maarten....Read More

Decently Priced Caribbean Art

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Fig Tree Drive Studio Photo, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
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The Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery is a small establishment nestled amongst the trees in the tropical rainforest of Antigua. The Fig Tree Drive is a winding paved road which cuts through the dense green vegetation of the rainforest, and the studio is situated a short distance off the main road. Swaying palm fronds and towering trees result in an all natural backdrop which is an art form all in itself.The owner of The Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery is Sallie Harker, a well known artist who was born in England but has chosen to make Antigua and Barbuda her home. Many of her oil and water colour pieces are on display at the gallery, as well as artwork belonging to several other painters and craftsm...Read More