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Discovering Falmouth

View from the hill Photo, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

The village of Falmouth is a somewhat large seaside community on the South Easterly coast of Antigua. On entering Falmouth from the village of Liberta, I descended a slope which offered the most breathtaking views of the English Harbour area.

The hill was covered with trees and shrubs, making the shockingly blue waters of the harbour seem even brighter. I passed a bus filled with cruise ship tourists on my way down, and several cameras were being held out of the bus windows as its passengers tried to capture the scenery.

Due to its proximity to the coastline, Falmouth offers a handful of tiny white sand beaches. Some of these beaches are no longer than 30 feet, and while few may be occupied, most are deserted. I came upon one such beach completely be accident. I drove down a lane which brought me to a small spit of shore with small boats resting on the sand.

Nearby stood a solitary shed which was painted in rastafarian colours. Under the shed were a few wooden benches. Since no one else was about, I sat at one of the sheds for a while and gazed out to sea.

Although much of the village people make a living from the sea, there were other industries such as small private farms and gardens. One yard in particular had a pen with several large goats. While the pen itself was little more than a rough ensemble of wire fence and old wooden posts, it was nice to know that the owners were trying to make an honest living through eco-friendly means.

One of the main attractions in Falmouth is the St. Paul's Anglican Church. The site on which the current church stands is said to have been the place where the very first church in Antigua was built between the years 1670 and 1675. This community church was constructed from brick and mortar, with only the steeple being made of wood and it can be found right on the main road just before Sweet T's Ice Cream Parlour.

Many of the restaurants in the village cater for visitors, and this was obvious from the International cuisine and the subsequent higher prices. Cheaper local dishes can be bought from very humble eateries in the area and the best BBQ chicken on the island is sold from a roadside grill near the Cobbs Cross Primary School. An example of these inexpensive local businesses, is One Stone Ital Shack which specializes in Rastafarian food.

Falmouth is a perfect exemplification of a village which has embraced tourism without totally giving up its identity. For visitors interested in getting to Falmouth from the West Bus Station in St. Johns, look for buses marked with the number 17, and the fare is approximately $2.50 USD. The village has lots of beautiful spots with panoramic views, deserted beaches and restaurants with great tasting seafood. I highly recommend.

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