Antigua is the largest of the Leeward Islands, and the last to gain Independence in 1981. Tourists can expect to have a safe day or evening out, just about anywhere on the island, and the locals will gladly point you in the right direction if you're at a loss for where to go.
If you fancy a day or night out on the sea, you can participate in a Catamaran day trip around the island, stopping at tiny Bird Island for a leisurely lunchtime barbeque, and various diving spots along the way. The Jolly Roger Pirate Ship is a great evening out for an all you can eat-drink-and-dance cruise around the west coast.
Nature lovers will enjoy a breathtaking trip up Fig Tree Drive through Antigua's rainforest, high in the hills on the south west side of the island. You can stop for fresh fruit or a guava juice at a roadside kiosk, and from among the greenery of the lush tropical plants, you'll overlook a spectacular coastline vista - plan to go early and catch the sunset!
Shirley Heights has been a long time island tradition on Sundays. From a lookout point high above the twinkling lights of those massive yachts in English Harbour, on a cobblestone courtyard surrounded by covered picnic tables, a traditional Caribbean barbeque is served up to the melodies of a live steel drum band as the sun sets into the sea. While you enjoy a rum punch and the featured band sets up on the canopied stage, excitement fills the air and the night heats up as a massive live calypso and reggae concert gets underway. An event not to be missed!