Antigua and Barbuda in One Day

Carlisle Bay, Antigua

"May I have your passport, please, Miss?"

A super fresh protocol officer from Saint Lucia Foreign Ministry office greeted me that morning, politely asking for my passport and later he escorted us to our plane this morning.
I was still struggling to stay awake after finishing my report late the night before when we were taken to the airport to catch our flight to the next destination.
Leaving Castries, St. Lucia early in the morning through George F.L. Charles Airport, we flew Liat airlines for about 1 hour to reach V.C. Bird International Airport in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda.
As we were preparing for landing, I know we have arrived at another beautiful spot on earth.
I felt the excitement as I looked down from my window seat.
Welcome to Antigua and Barbuda.

My days in Antigua and Barbuda might be short and a bit blurry as straight from the airport, we flocked from one place to another to meet several high-rank officials, including the Prime Minister himself.

It was another incredible and successful visit, I believe, and although we were tired from the non-stop traveling and meetings even from NYC, I had the energy to explore this beautiful country.

By the way, are you familiar with Antigua and Barbuda?

This country  is one of the independent countries in the Caribbeans, strategically located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, making it abundantly blessed with beautiful white sandy beaches.
An archipelagic state, Antigua and Barbuda consists of 2 main islands, Antigua and Barbuda, plus some other smaller islands. They are obviously famous for beautiful beaches dotting the country with their powdery white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and perfect weather all year long. No wonder many world-class resorts are available and cruises stop and stay here for a while, welcoming honeymooners, families, and travelers from different corners of the world.  
They have been independent from England since November 1, 1981, and are now part of the Commonwealth. That's why we have the Governor-General, besides the Prime Minister and his/her governmental staff.

As you have probably heard, Barbuda island was suffering from major damages after Hurricane Irma in November 2017. More than 90% of this island was destructed and the Government is in the process of recovering and rebuilding Barbuda.
Nevertheless, the center of the government as well as most of the tourism industry is in Antigua, a much bigger island compared to Barbuda.
Interestingly, as I read in Wikipedia, one of the nick names of this country is 'Land of 365 Beaches'!  I guess it means you can go to different beach each and every day in a year and probably more.  I also love their slogan, 'the sun is only the beginning', as I found that this country is way more than its incredible beaches. Not to mention some interesting stories involving the pirates, former colonizers and the Soka music!

After all the official business is concluded, I literally had a half day in the evening and a half day in the morning on the next day to see the country.
So, Antigua and Barbuda in One Day?
Why not!
You can certainly enjoy and do many things although you have limited time and you have to make some choices. 
Of course, ideally, you have to stay longer to enjoy most popular landmarks Antigua and Barbuda has to offer, but since I don't have that luxury, I try to enjoy what I can :).
And here's what I can share from my trip there.

Let me start it from the late lunch we had.

As we finished the meeting after the lunch time, we went directly to our hotel, Carlisle Bay Antigua, and decided to have lunch there.
The hotel is amazing, kind of reminding me of some resorts in Bali, Indonesia, back home. 
As for lunch, we went to Indigo on the beach, the in-house restaurant there and I chose Antiguan Roti, an Indian roti with shrimp in curry spices, homestyle chutney, and chopped salad plus vegetables. Our waiter explained that due to a big Indian influence in the island, they sort of adopted the Indian curry and roti  with the island's specialty in seafood and vegetables. 
West Indies way!
I love the food. It's simply delicious and fresh.   

Carlisle Bay Antigua
Antiguan Roti at Indigo on the Beach

After lunch, I just can't resist to sneak to the beach!
Antigua Bay is a beautiful secluded area dotted with white sandy beach, palm trees and clean turquoise water. My kind of place!
As soon as my bare feet touched the sand, I knew I felt at home.
It's just  so homey.. the sun, the sand, the sea.
And my mind successfully flew thousand miles across the Caribbean sea to the Indian Ocean, to the beauty of my home town Lampung and my beloved Indonesia. 

And the room I got was exquisite as well!
Love the bed, the interior, the amenities, the view. Everything!
Well, Carlisle Bay Antigua is one luxury resort indeed.

Carlisle Bay, Antigua
Carlisle Bay, Antigua

As we realized we didn't have much time, my friends and I decided to see St. John's, the capital city of Antigua, that night.

We rent a taxi and Ocia Spencer, our jolly driver, was super cool!
She took us along the Old road to see more of the beach, passing Mount Obama, and stopped at Darkwood Bar at the Darkwood Beach to see the sunset that day.

Sipping our coconut crush, we stayed here for a while and enjoyed the exquisite sound of the waves while watching the sun set on the horizon. Too bad it was cloudy but we still fully enjoyed the peaceful environment.
It was not too crowded there, with only a few people dipping on the sea.
Perfect for a relaxing afternoon.

I was tempted to try the massage but again, we didn't really have much time and it was dark already. 

The mission that night was to go to the city and got some souvenirs plus Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Yup, you heard me.
One of my friends has this ritual of trying every KFC in every country she visits!
So there we were that night, lining up at the crowded KFC in the city and getting our bucket of fried chicken and fries!
I have to admit it tastes really good! 
It actually reminded me of the same brand I tried in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, another Caribbean country I visited earlier in 2017.
There's got to be something in the air as the Caribbean fried chicken are super delicious!
Try it if you get the chance :).

Then Ocia took us to the city.

Recommending us to make a stop at the hip donut shop, we bought the famous Butter Rum, Cookies & Cream, and Chocolate with sprinkles donuts at Donut Ace.
And the donuts were awesome!
It's big, yummy and tasty. But half of it is enough for me :).

Then we walked around the Heritage Quay, where we could easily find the duty free shops and more souvenir shops here. I rummaged the souvenir shops name the Shipwreck here and got the usual fridge magnet, shooters, mugs, t-shirts and key chains. It's quite expensive, I have to say, but we didn't really have much time and most of the shops have the same if not similar items and prices. They had some cruises docking at that time, I guess, because it was packed with tourists indeed.

And our adventures in the city concluded after we got that bucket of KFC for dinner.
Besides, I still have some notes and reports to work on.

The next morning, I had set my heart to explore more. 

Starting quite early at 7 AM, Ocea (my favorite overseas driver so far) was waiting for me and my friend in front of the hotel. And we had around 3 hours to see English Harbour, Shirley Heights, and anything interesting along the way. Ocea efficiently took us to those beautiful places and we made it on time!

So first, we stopped at the St. Barnabas Anglican Church in Liberta Village, Antigua.

It is on our way to Shirley Heights but the church is indeed striking with its green stones and its position on a holly part of the village. When we arrived it was still quite early so we managed to get the morning sun in the background, making it look so grand!
It was still closed but I can definitely feel the peaceful and serene ambiance in this place.

We stopped at several other churches and saw some cemeteries  as well along the way.
Really like to see the building here, as it's different from the typical churches I have seen so far.. It looks more like an extended house and it feels homey.

I really like the windows!
Then we were heading up to the Shirley Heights.
It's one beautiful point up above to see the Caribbean Sea and  the surroundings. 
Its stunning bird-eye view is indeed perfect for a military lookout and base for those cannonballs used in the past.
This historical place was completely deserted when we were there.
That's the perk of coming early in the morning.
And I didn't waste my time to take pictures of this incredible vista!
What do you think?
And excuse me for posing there joyfully :).

In one of the hills, Ocean told us that the famous singer Eric Clapton has a house, or rather a villa, I suppose,- there. Standfast Point, that's the name of the headland.
He has been  like an honorary citizen of this country I guess, because he has contributed  a lot for Antigua and Barbuda. If I had the money, I will be more than happy to have one property in this beautiful area!
The view is simple stunning!

familiar with the insignia?

Near the area, we still see some canons with the famous insignia.
You can definitely guess who was the owner of these weaponries.  

Around the area we can see the ruins of the lookout and the officers' quarters at the blockhouse.

In the same area, I also saw the mass cemetery as well as the monument for the fallen victims during that time.

We then stopped at the Guard House, not far from the here. 
There is a cafeteria here and obviously the bar with incredible vista but it was still closed when we were there.
Huge flag of Antigua and Barbuda is displayed in the front part of the building, making it hard to miss.

Here, we were enjoying another round of jawdroppingly amazing view.
English Harbour from above!
Let me just put all those photos and tell me what do you think!

Breathtaking view, isn't it?
Now wonder this Guard House is my fave because of its incredible view of the English Harbor from above.
I could definitely stay here longer, if I didn't have crazy tight schedule.

The English Harbour and Nelson Dockyard were next, although I have to say that it looks much prettier from above. And we started running out of time!
So we just made a swift stop there and took a couple pictures.
I bet there must be more to explore considering that it's one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

At the dockyard..
And of course, the trip to the Caribbean is not complete without swimming on its wonderful, turquoise water sea! 
And Antigua and Barbuda is obviously famous for its sun, sand, and sea.
That's why we rushed back to our hotel so that we had enough time to swim and enjoy some time on the beach!
How I miss those breeze and salty taste of the ocean. 
Feels like home! And it's priceless.
And I did have enough time swimming in Carlisle Bay, right on our hotel, before enjoying our rather late breakfast.

Let's swim!

beautiful ocean I dearly miss!
And finally, we had our last breakfast that morning in Antigua.
I have already packed everything so by the time we finished our breakfast, we went straight to the airport to go back home to NYC.
I know I have left a pice of my heart here and I sincerely wish I can go back here again someday and stay longer!
There is so much more to see and to try here in beautiful Antigua and Barbuda.

So how do you like Antigua and Barbuda?

Antigua and Barbuda in One Day is not that bad at all, right?
What is your favorite part?
Do you want to travel here as well?
See you on the next story from another wonderful part of the world!


  1. Lautnya cantik! remind me of Bali..

  2. Bangunan dan lautnyaaa indah sekali yaa mbak, keren banget buat foto2

  3. I think I would fall so deeply in love once I set foot on the ground I'd never want to leave. That's funny about eating the KFC. That was my first job and I still can't eat the stuff lol.

  4. Mba Indah, thanks for sharing the stories.

    I envy you 😍. Wonderful place and stunning photos as always.

  5. Indahnyaaaaa.... Duh jadi pengin liburan

  6. Oh my GOD! That English Harbour part! Love, looooove <3 <3 <3 My breath just stopped for a while. By the way, aku baru sekali ini denger Barbuda. Kalau Antigua kayaknya udah familiar gara2 sering tebak2an bendera negara di atlas sama I'am. :D :D

  7. Wuaaaa..pemandangannya superbbb..bagus banget

  8. Antigua 😍😍😍 bagus banget ya mba pantai pantaii

  9. what a beautiful country! I bet many people love it.

  10. Foto terakhir itu, sukses buatku meleleh.

    And as always, fascinating stories and pictures as well.

  11. Aduuh...bunda terkagum-kagum nih liat semua fotonya apalagi itu ciotaan Allah beautiful sunset. Makanan yg kek martabak tuh jd pengen nyomot, hehehe...

  12. great journey and wonderful experience you have!

  13. Masyaallah your pict always so gorgeous. Love them so much. Make me curious with Antiguan Roti at Indigo. It must be so delicious. Hahaha

  14. Gambar kapal layar kayak gambar di kalender :) cantik

  15. Speechless...thank you for sharing the stories, Mbak :)

  16. mama boo as always, menyajikan fotonya itu seperti hidup dan bikin pengen bisa kesana.... huhuhu....keren banget apalagi pemandangan lautnya...

  17. It is truly a beautiful island...more like paradise. I am glad you enjoyed guys were amazing..
    Loll "your favourite taxi drive so far"


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