Antigua is a great base for Caribbean sailing, and it has been since the days when Horatio Nelson's navy was based here. And nowhere is more perfect for yachties than English Harbour, now a bit ritzy, and very lively during the winter season, but still a very beautiful natural harbour. If you're not travelling with your own yacht, the best places to stay in English Harbour lean towards the nautical and the colonial.
English Harbour is also right beside what is probably Antigua's most popular historic attraction: Nelson's Dockyard, a beautifully resorted Georgian era marina, which has been in use since 1745.
And just down the hills from the 18th Century fort at Shirley Heights - these days also known for its Sunday barbecue parties, and Fort Berkeley. Both forts were built to defend this harbour.
But English Harbour isn't just for sailors, this area also has numerous secluded beaches and coves, a number of which have reefs just off shore - perfect for snorkelling.
Characterful hotel by the harbour. The elegant rooms feature exposed beams, four-poster beds and wooden floors. Sun drenched terrace with large parasols overlooking Nelson's Dockyard, and charming restaurant serving local seafood. A wonderful spot to soak up the island's history & great for sailors.
St Johns, Antigua and Barbuda
Excellent beachfront hotel. Charming rooms feature mahogany four poster beds, ipod docks and colonial style furniture. Tennis courts, heated outdoor pool, spa and gym. Superb Italian dishes at the restaurant, chic bar area. Elegant, exclusive and spacious.