My couchsurfing host in Antigua was living right in the middle of the island, and standing on his veranda we could see the coast in almost all directions- that should give you an inpression of really how small the country Antigua & Barbuda really is. It is about the sams size as the island I am from, called Finnøy, and as there were as many as three huge cruise ships docked in the capital St.Johns I felt like one of the tourists when visiting the UNESCO site Nelson Dockyard and the rest of the English Harbour.
What I did was to escape the tourists was to do a trek through the forest up to Shirley Heights, which had a beautiful view of the island and then ride down the roads with my pennyboard. Locals stopped me on the way and asked if I would join them for a drink of rum which I accepted. It was then that I noticed that two of them had blue eyes even though they were black. When I asked them if they had European ancestors they just said “we are all English here” which I understood as a yes, but it still puzzels me the same way as the people living in Melanesia who also were black but had blond hair. I wish that I had asked to take a photo.
Last thing I did was to cruise along the coast to check out the beaches. Antigua boasts of having 365 beaches, one for each day, and they are all public which was great! A really quiet, yet easily accessible was the Pidgeon Beach. My favorite was the one in Galleon Bay though, which was large and completely empty and then also Deep Bay which had water as clear as a swimming pool.Had I had more time I would have explored more of the beaches around Jolly harbour. Especialy the beach in Rendevouz Bay which is harder getting to but is supposed to be the nicest beach of them all on the island of Antigua.
Forts and cannons on Galleon Beach
Deep Bay had water as clear as a pool
Galley Bay was my favorite beach and had absolutely no people at all