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The most Instagrammable places in Antigua

  • Published 20 April 2018

When it comes to the Caribbean, your mind likely flutters to Barbados or Jamaica – but let us introduce you to Antigua. Utterly beautiful in every way possible, this unforgettable country offers island luxury of the highest standard from its spectacular hotels to the 365 luxurious beaches. One visit here certainly won’t be your last as the island is a breath-taking kaleidoscope of vibrant sapphires, golden stretches and an infectious vibrancy that Instagram won’t do justice. We guarantee that a few pictures in the right spots will brighten up any timeline so get your camera out and forget the filters – Antigua doesn’t need them.
 

Devil's Bridge

Worth every minute of the drive from your hotel, Devil’s Bridge isn’t as scary as its name but it certainly is spectacular. This rugged terrain is a natural formation of limestone rock, located outside the village of Willikies and the beautiful result of millions of years of ancient reef build-up. The bridge is called as such due to the high number of slaves from neighbouring estates who would throw themselves over the edge into the rough waters below. Not one to visit during hurricane season, Devil’s Bridge has many blowholes and geysers that emit sprays of salty seawater but this will be your friend when it comes to taking that iconic touristy picture. Take a pew on the rocks (steering well clear of the edge) and capture your photo when the waves crescendo into the limestone, giving the frame of your image an incredible halo of the Caribbean Sea.
 


Possibly Antigua’s most popular attraction, Shirley Heights Lookout is a spectacular vantage point roughly 490 feet above sea level that overlooks the entirety of both English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour. Guests are invited to marvel at the breath-taking scenic landscape, providing a 360-degree panoramic view of the island. Although truly electric at any time of the day, the Lookout truly comes to life at sunset. As the sun dips softly into the ocean, if you’re lucky you’ll see the jet of green light, known as the Green Flash, cover the horizon in a split second – blink and you’ll miss it as only a lucky few viewers and photographers have managed to capture the glorious sight.

On Sundays, Shirley Heights comes to life for a night that you certainly won’t forget in a hurry. From 4pm to 10pm, the Antiguan landmark invites tourists and locals alike to welcome in the new week with plenty of rum punch, a mouth-watering barbecue and live bands playing infectious Calypso music that will have you dancing the night away. As the sky gets darker, English Harbour gets brighter and the sparkling view becomes even better. There’s no room for selfies when the vistas are this spectacular – just let the beauty of Shirley Heights speak for itself.

 

Shirley Heights

Possibly Antigua’s most popular attraction, Shirley Heights Lookout is a spectacular vantage point roughly 490 feet above sea level that overlooks the entirety of both English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour. Guests are invited to marvel at the breath-taking scenic landscape, providing a 360-degree panoramic view of the island. Although truly electric at any time of the day, the Lookout truly comes to life at sunset. As the sun dips softly into the ocean, if you’re lucky you’ll see the jet of green light, known as the Green Flash, cover the horizon in a split second – blink and you’ll miss it as only a lucky few viewers and photographers have managed to capture the glorious sight.

On Sundays, Shirley Heights comes to life for a night that you certainly won’t forget in a hurry. From 4pm to 10pm, the Antiguan landmark invites tourists and locals alike to welcome in the new week with plenty of rum punch, a mouth-watering barbecue and live bands playing infectious Calypso music that will have you dancing the night away. As the sky gets darker, English Harbour gets brighter and the sparkling view becomes even better. There’s no room for selfies when the vistas are this spectacular – just let the beauty of Shirley Heights speak for itself.

 

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Mount Obama

Formerly known as Boggy Peak, Mount Obama is the highest point in Antigua with a height of roughly 300 metres. Usually climbed from the north or south sides of the mountain and taking around two hours to reach the top, hikers can expect nothing less than an unforgettable sight at the peak. It’s imperative to set off before the sun rises to avoid walking uphill in the Caribbean heat but once you’re greeted by the jaw-dropping view of the entire island, the long walk and the early start are immediately forgotten. You probably didn’t think it was possible but Antigua looks even more beautiful when the island is asleep. The scene is awash with utter serenity and pure silent bliss so strike a pose against the stunning backdrop, put some holiday-inspired emojis in your caption and thank us later. Don’t forget your comfortable shoes, lots of water and your camera, of course!
 


History buffs and culture vultures, this Instagram opportunity is all yours. Nelson’s Dockyard is a cultural heritage site and marina in English Harbour located in the St. Paul Parish of the island. A part of Nelson’s Dockyard National Park together with Clarence House and Shirley Heights, the iconic landmark is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the Caribbean’s oldest colonial structures. The dockyard is a hotspot for luxurious yachts floating on that gorgeous cerulean water we can’t get enough of while the neighbouring museum is ideal to gain knowledge of the venue’s rich colonial history. Once you’ve taken your pictures – we recommend snapping a few in front of the stunning boats and capturing candid shots looking intrigued in the museum – head to the on-site restaurant. We doubt that you’ll be able to take a picture of your delectable-looking plate before tucking in but we admire those who tackle the challenge. Then simply go for a post-meal stroll around the scenic grounds in the Antiguan sunshine and revel in the picture-perfect moment.
 

Nelson's Dockyard

History buffs and culture vultures, this Instagram opportunity is all yours. Nelson’s Dockyard is a cultural heritage site and marina in English Harbour located in the St. Paul Parish of the island. A part of Nelson’s Dockyard National Park together with Clarence House and Shirley Heights, the iconic landmark is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the Caribbean’s oldest colonial structures. The dockyard is a hotspot for luxurious yachts floating on that gorgeous cerulean water we can’t get enough of while the neighbouring museum is ideal to gain knowledge of the venue’s rich colonial history. Once you’ve taken your pictures – we recommend snapping a few in front of the stunning boats and capturing candid shots looking intrigued in the museum – head to the on-site restaurant. We doubt that you’ll be able to take a picture of your delectable-looking plate before tucking in but we admire those who tackle the challenge. Then simply go for a post-meal stroll around the scenic grounds in the Antiguan sunshine and revel in the picture-perfect moment.
 

Betty's Hope

Betty’s Hope is one of the earliest sugar plantations dating back to 1651, making this cultural heritage site well worth the visit. One of the two grand sugar mills have been fully restored complete with sails and restoration and research continues on the second, perfect for snapping pictures of the development and the working sails in action. Its 300-year history spans to when Betty’s Hope was both an agricultural as well as an industrial enterprise. Hundreds of slaves, turned labourers after their emancipation in 1834, endured the hardship of cultivating and processing the sugar under exhausting conditions and their reputation for excellence has prevailed to the present day. Betty’s Hope is located in Pares Village in St. Peter’s.
 


A one-of-a-kind experience awaits you at Antigua’s Stingray City. Here, trained professionals take you and your party on a short yet thrilling speedboat ride to a location in the Antigua waters to swim and interact with stingrays. These surprisingly friendly fish swim about the waist-length water freely and the crystal-clear sea allows you to get perfect shots of your new best friends. Snorkel for a closer look, hold them and strike a pose or even feed them a squid or two! Phones and cameras are permitted on the trip as long as they’re in a waterproof bag and a professional photographer is on hand too, perfect for capturing that Instagram-worthy shot with a cerulean blue background.
 

Stingray City

A one-of-a-kind experience awaits you at Antigua’s Stingray City. Here, trained professionals take you and your party on a short yet thrilling speedboat ride to a location in the Antigua waters to swim and interact with stingrays. These surprisingly friendly fish swim about the waist-length water freely and the crystal-clear sea allows you to get perfect shots of your new best friends. Snorkel for a closer look, hold them and strike a pose or even feed them a squid or two! Phones and cameras are permitted on the trip as long as they’re in a waterproof bag and a professional photographer is on hand too, perfect for capturing that Instagram-worthy shot with a cerulean blue background.
 

Antigua Carnival

Trust us when we say that you’ve never seen anything like Antigua Carnival. This ten-day annual celebration of Caribbean culture consists of vibrant costumes, booming soca music, good food and plenty of rum drinking. Whether you decide to go all out and take part in the likes of J’ouvert Morning (a party through the streets beginning in the small hours) and Last Lap (the final day of carnival with the most outrageous costumes) or simply watch from the side lines, we guarantee multiple photo opportunities left, right and centre. Carnival is without a doubt the best time of year in Antigua, bringing together both locals and visitors for an infectious good time. Trust us, you won’t capture an Instagram picture of anyone frowning!
 

If you’re desperate to live out your Antiguan dreams, click here for more information or call 0203 816 0985 to speak to one of our personal travel managers. You’ll be snapping the perfect island pictures faster than you can say “selfie”!
 

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