Things to do in Antigua: An Island Tour – Devil’s Bridge, Nelson’s Dockyard, Shirley Heights

Hello Readers! Welcome back to another blog post. Today, I’ll be sharing information on one of the many things to do while in Antigua and Barbuda. Earlier this year, I would have went on a “Tropical Bus Tour” visiting different national landmarks/sites on island. During this tour we stopped at Devil’s Bridge, Nelson’s Dockyard and ended at Shirley Heights Lookout for their Sunday sunset party. This tour was curated specifically for the people who attended however if you want do an island tour there are many options available (listed below) along with the option of solely visiting one location via taxi or rental.

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Devil’s Bridge is a national park located on the north-east coast of Antigua which features limestone rocks which overtime formed a bridge. It is rumoured that slaves would visit this location and jump overboard . Today, it forms a part of a national park where visitors can enjoy the outdoors, purchase souvenirs, and if adventurous enough, walk across the bridge. After Devil’s Bridge, our next stop was Nelson’s Dockyard, which is on the southern end of the island. To get there we drove through Bethesda, a “small” village with lots of local history.

Nelson’s Dockyard

As a local, this isn’t my first time at any of these locations. However, we received a guided tour from a National Parks worker and heritage expert; you would be amazed at how many stories originated here. Nelson’s Dockyard is a naval dockyard named after the most famous Royal Navy officer in British history. The park was also designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2016 and has lots more to offer you – nature trails, beaches, entertainment, forts etc.

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As our last stop, we headed up to Shirley Heights Lookout to watch the sunset and enjoy the live entertainment. Every Sunday they host this party with BBQ, their famous Rum Punch, steel pan music and a band afterwards. We made it just in time to see the sunset and were lucky enough to breeze through the line. You should probably make a reservation if this is something you’d like to check out. The park is open for visitors on any other day as well, if the party crowd is not for you.

Optional Tour Operator

  • Tropical Adventures Antigua hosts an Island Safari 4×4 off-road adventure which includes hotel pick up and drop off, experienced tour guides, lunch, beverages and photo spots. Photos from antiguanice.com
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