18.06.19

FAM Follies

Open Jaw In Antigua & Barbuda
Day1 Delivers A History Of British Colonization


Like much of the Caribbean, British colonization of Antigua and Barbuda in the early 1600's focused on the tobacco and sugar cane trade. As demand increased from the U.K and Europe, the Brits turned to the East African slave trade to expand production in plantations across the islands..

This painful history is reflected in the many landmarks of English Harbour which was the base of operations for the Royal Navy. 

Open Jaw's host, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, arranged a visit to Nelson's Dockyard, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a historic fort and dockyard where naval ships were repaired in the 18th Century.

Across the harbour and approximately 500 feet above sea level, is Shirley Heights, formerly a military lookout.  It has been restored to accommodate 100's of guests for weekly events and entertainment, the highlight being a sunset party and BBQ with steal pan performers and a live band every Sunday evening.  It's not to be missed!


Entrance to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nelson's Dockyard


 Shirley Heights is a restored military lookout and gun battery overlooking English Harbour

Our Discovery Tour guide and driver Big John, Tropical Adventures Island Safari




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