One of the best places to go on the island if you want fantastic views of the shimmering Caribbean waters, Fort James sits in an ideal position overlooking St. John's Harbor. Built by the British in 1706 to protect the harbor, the fort was intended to prevent the French from invading the island.
Today, come and see the cannons, powder magazine, and foundation of the wall, the remainders of the fort. The true highlight of a visit to Fort James, however, is the unbeatable view of St. John's Harbor. With its bright blue waters, nestled among towering cliffs and the picturesque town of St. John's, the harbor is truly one of the most beautiful sites Antigua and Barbuda has to offer.
Antigua maakt deel uit van de Bovenwindse Eilanden in de Caribische Zee. Het is het hoofdeiland van de eilandstaat Antigua en Barbuda. De geschiedenis en ligging maken het een internationaal beroemde bestemming voor zeilers en jachten.
De hoofdstad St. John’s heeft een grote en diepe haven die zeer geschikt is voor de grote cruiseschepen. De belangrijkste bezienswaardigheden in de stad liggen allemaal op loopafstand van de pier. Vlak bij de haven kunt u in Heritage en Redcliffe Quay heerlijk winkelen en het centrum van St. John’s ligt op korte afstand.
Bewoners beweren dat Antigua 365 verschillende stranden heeft, voor elke dag van het jaar één. Geschiedenisliefhebbers zullen de rijke maritieme geschiedenis waarderen, omdat het ooit een koloniale basis van het Britse leger was. Ga met de Round Island Tour door het historische Nelson's Dockyard National Park, of blijf in St. John’s met de stadsexcursie langs het water en bezoek de versmarkt van de stad.
Don't be scared away by its rather ominous name. Devil's Bridge National Park is one of the most unique natural sites that you can see, not just in Antigua, but perhaps ever. Devil's Bridge is a natural arch carved by the sea out of the soft and hard limestone ledges of the cliffs. As enormous breakers from the Atlantic repeatedly assaulted the rocks throughout the years, they eventually eroded away a soft part of limestone to create a bridge-like arch.
The bridge gained its name from the tragic events that took place there long ago. Supposedly, slaves would hurl themselves off the bridge into the rough waters below in an attempt to escape from their enslaved lives. It was soon said that the Devil must be present there. Today the bridge is free from such tragedy, but is still a hauntingly beautiful place to visit. With the wild surrounding shrubbery and huge howling waves, there is an almost frighteningly rugged natural beauty to the bridge and its surrounding area.
Journey down to the far south of Antigua to see one of the island's oldest and most beautiful historic districts, English Harbour. This tiny (population of 759), but scenic settlement is a great place to wander around in and enjoy the old-fashioned buildings while learning about the nation's colonial roots.
English Harbour is best known for the many historic sites it is home to including Nelson's Dockyard, a restored British colonial naval station. It also is internationally recognized as a center of sailing and yachting. While visiting, enjoy a walk amongst the antiquated district's tall brick buildings from the colonial era, or stroll along the harbor and scope out the huge yachts and sailboats that are stationed there. No matter what you do, an afternoon spent in English Harbour is certain to be full of fun and interesting sites.