Natural Attractions in Antigua

Mother Nature has taken special care to create the beautiful environment that is Antigua

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When visiting an island that is as beautiful as Antigua, it is hard to justify spending all of your time trapped inside. Bring your hiking boots and some sun block, because once you get outside, you'll likely want to stay there.

Trails and Scenic Drives

Fig Tree Drive provides visitors with a 20 mile circular trip through the main mountain range of Antigua. The trip is a great overview of life on the island, snaking through rainforests, fishing villages, and green hills.

Attractions Map

The path to the top of Mount Obama (once Boggy Peak) can be hiked in an hour, or driven in less time. The driving path is a rough one, and only all-terrain vehicles should dare attempt it, but those making an attempt to climb the mountain on foot will find it a pleasurable journey.

Geological Formations

Throughout Antigua, there are a number of geological formations, such as Devil's Bridge at Indian Town. Another well-visited site is the Megaliths of Greencastle Hill. Some believe that these slabs of rock were placed here by early inhabitants as part of their sun worshiping ritual, while others say these are natural structures. Whatever you believe, know that the hike to the Megaliths is a tough one, but worth the effort.

If you're going to spend some of your Antiguan trip boating, make sure you sail towards the entrance of Freeman's Bay at English Harbour. This is where the Pillars of Hercules stands, the side of a hill that has been carved into pillar formation over many hundreds of years of brutal hits from the sea, wind,and rain.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you want to enjoy part of your vacation under the open sky? There is one hiking trail and a nature preserve on the island.

Take a minute to read the following table for more information about your options.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On Antigua
Name Type Location Island
Carpenters Rock Trail Hiking Trail 2.0 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour Antigua
Wallings Resevoir Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve None None

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Nelson's Dockyard National Park

Travelers can enjoy one of the many parks, or 2 botanical gardens on Antigua.

Nelson's Dockyard National Park is English Harbour, in southern Antigua. Nelson's Dockyard is the only Georgian Dockyard in the world. It features a collection of historical attractions including the Clarence House, Shirley Heights, and Dow's Hill Interpretation Center.

A second popular choice in this category is Victoria Park. Originally established in 1888, the gardens offer visitors a quiet escape from the crowds of St. Johns and Dickenson Bay. Among the flowers and trees, you will be able to relax and take a break from more active adventures.

The parks and gardens worth looking into are provided in the table below.

Parks and Gardens On Antigua
Name Type Location
Detour Bike Trails Park 1.6 mi. Southeast of Central Jolly Harbour
Jones Valley Trail Park 1.9 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
Lookout Trail Park 1.9 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
Monk's Hill Park Park 0.5 mi. North of Central Falmouth Harbour
Nelson's Dockyard National Park Park 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
Orange Valley Gardens Botanical Garden Willikies, Eastern part of Antigua
Victoria Park Botanical Garden 0.4 mi. East of Downtown St. John's

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Other options like these on Antigua are shown directly below.

Land Formations On Antigua
Name Type Location
Deepwater Harbour Harbour 0.3 mi. West of Downtown St. John's
Devil's Bridge Rock Formation Eastern part of Antigua
Falmouth Bay Bay 0.3 mi. South West of Central Falmouth Harbour
Falmouth Harbour Harbour 0.6 mi. South of Central Falmouth Harbour
Five Islands Harbour Harbour 1.6 mi. South West of Central Five Islands
Greencastle Hill Lake Lake 3.4 mi. South of Central St. John's
Johnson's Point Point 1.9 mi. South of Central Valley Church
Nonsuch Bay Bay Nonsuch Bay, Eastern part of Antigua
Parham Harbour Harbour 1.6 mi. North of Central Parham
Prickly Pear Island Other Natural Formation 2.0 mi. Northeast of Central Cedar Grove

Bear in mind that Antigua has additional attractions. To read our complete guide to other attractions, see this page.


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