I loved Antigua. It is a beautiful island. Several people told us to go immediately to the beaches, because they were the most beautiful on the trip, but we ignored this advice because we had spent the last few days on the beach. We decided to take a public bus up to a small reserve with a rain forest The public bus cost about $1 a piece. Like the other islands, the public bus was a 15-passenger van. You wait in the bus for a while, until enough people come up, and then it goes.
All of the people were really helpful and made sure we got on the right bus. The bus driver said that he typically didn't go up that far, but he dropped us off and came back and picked us up at the agreed upon time.
We went up to the rain forest to hike. It was really amazing. Where the trees cleared, you could look down the mountain to see the ocean. It wasn't a difficult hike (we did it in flip-flops), but it was worth it. It was a good break from the beaches.
While we were waiting for the bus to come, we waited at a cultural center, where a woman made homemade pineapple and guava jelly. She used these tiny pineapples. It was delicious. I also had a glass of homemade juice with a mixture of several fruits. That is highly recommended.
After the hike, we were going to do the afternoon on the beach, but we didn't feel like waiting for another bus. We could have taken a taxi, but we are cheap, so we just walked around the town, shopped ,and had pina coladas at a cafe with big open windows.