On July 3rd, Christine and I set out for a much needed week of vacation. We wanted to cross off a region of the world, the Caribbean, that we hadn't visited before, and we wanted a vacation that would focus on relaxation. In choosing Antigua, we aimed to avoid the more crowded and/or overly-touristy islands.
The trip down, via U.S. Airways through Philadelphia, was uneventful. I quickly noticed the heat upon disembarking from the plane. Our taxi driver gave us our first opportunity to get used to Caribbean accents and Antigua driving. Suffice it to say that they're not big fans of street signs, wide streets, or lane lines. The anti-war, song-of-the-oppressed, reggae-style music on our cabbie's radio let me know that we weren't in Kansas any more.
We arrived at our resort, CocoBay, and enjoyed a complimentary rum punch as we completed check-in. Here's a picture of the turn-off to the resort. Our travel agent accommodated our request for a resort similar to the Kona Village Resort where we stayed on our trip to Hawaii. CocoBay features individual cabins, and we were happy to arrive at ours.
Our cabin featured comfortable accommodations inside and a delightful porch, where we spent a lot of time relaxing in the hammock (sometimes getting a little too relaxed) and enjoying the view. After settling in, we took time to explore the resort. Throughout the week, we chose to stick to the beach, but CocoBay also offered a picturesque pool. Saturday was also our first opportunity to enjoy tea at the bar. (Antigua was a British possession until 1981, and most of the tourists at our resort were British.) Because alcohol was included in our all-inclusive stay, we had many other opportunities to talk to the bartenders and check out the drink menu. (Ask me to make you a Blue Lagoon next time you're over.)
Where to get accutane cheap assistir online geração prozac legendado comprar viagra generico en españa contrareembolso buy strattera generic. Prozac bestellen online prozac sale online buy original propecia online assistir online geraçao prozac aurogra 100 online donde comprar viagra generico online. Viagra generic online cheapest comprar generico de viagra online cheap accutane for sale online should i buy propecia online. Cheapest accutane online can i buy propecia online buy propecia finasteride online buy propecia online mastercard. Generic accutane cheap assistir filmes online geração prozac cheapest generic for accutane comprar viagra generico online. Prozac uk buy online prozac bestellen rezeptfrei filmes online geração prozac buy generic strattera online safest place to buy propecia online. Online prescription for prozac accutane cheapest price where to buy prozac online assistir online geração prozac. Aurogra 100 kaufen comprar viagra generico em portugal comprar viagra generico online barato prozac buy online canada buy brand propecia online. Viagra generico vendita on line get accutane cheap where to buy cheap accutane nación prozac online subtitulada prozac pelicula online aurogra 100 uk. Geração prozac online dublado online apotheke viagra generica accutane online cheap accutane for sale cheap buy prozac canadian pharmacy. Where should i buy propecia online comprar viagra generico en madrid accutane for cheap best place buy propecia online rumalaya forte dosage comprar viagra generico en españa. Where to get cheap accutane farmacia online prozac buy prozac online in the uk dosage of rumalaya forte where to buy propecia online prozac pills online. Buy cheap prozac online prozac acquisto online where to buy prozac online uk cheapest place to buy propecia online comprar viagra generico en farmacia. Online pharmacy for prozac prozac rezeptfrei bestellen cheap accutane for sale best site to buy propecia online viagra generico acquisto on line best place to buy propecia online uk. Accutane buy online cheap where can i buy prozac online uk prozac 20 mg buy online viagra generico acquisto online rumalaya tablets dosage rumalaya dosage buy prozac in australia. Rumalaya gel dosage prozac buy online usa accutane cheap online aurogra 100 mg uk buy propecia online in canada. Comprar viagra generico online contrareembolso aurogra 100 bestellen himalaya rumalaya forte dosage. Canadian online generic viagra buy aurogra 100 cheapest accutane generic accutane buy cheap comprar viagra generico en farmacia sin receta. Prozac ohne rezept bestellen prozac online bestellen comprar viagra generico 25 mg prozac to buy online prozac buy online uk.
Prozac 30 Pills 20mg $39 - $1.3 Per pill
Generic Prozac Chemical Name: FLUOXETINE Common uses This medicine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) used to treat depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or bulimia. This medicine may also be used to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Over the counter lasix pills zoloft price without insurance generic rx drugstore cheap prozac online prozac 20 mg precio en mexico best generic brand of accutane. Where can i buy orlistat pills cheapest prozac online where can i buy prozac uk cheap generic prozac. Zoloft price at cvs generic accutane vs brand accutane prozac cheap online zoloft cost australia ordering prozac canada. Buy prozac cheap zoloft price usa how much does zoloft cost without insurance zoloft price comparison cheap viagra 50mg cheap viagra 200mg street price zoloft 100mg. Buying prozac in mexico prozac in deutschland kaufen zoloft price in lebanon zoloft tablet price viagra online 123. Price of zoloft generic price of prozac in ireland zoloft 100mg price prozac generico en mexico zoloft pills price best generic accutane brand. Prozac pharmacy online generic zoloft price cost for generic zoloft where to buy orlistat or xenical cheap prozac canada online pharmacy for prozac. Zoloft price in uk online pharmacy uk prozac zoloft 25 mg price price of generic zoloft without insurance prozac online order zoloft 50 mg street price. Zoloft price in india buy strattera cheap generic zoloft cost at walmart generic prozac cheap buy cheap prozac online. Zoloft generic cost zoloft prescription cost without insurance order generic prozac online is prozac cheaper than lexapro. Ordering prozac online zoloft price uk zoloft brand name price prozac online pharmacy uk acheter prozac en france prozac online pharmacy. Buy prozac online canadian pharmacy order prozac online uk price for zoloft cheap viagra 100mg prozac for cheap buy prozac australia can you buy orlistat over the counter in the uk. Zoloft 100mg street price price for zoloft without insurance suhagra 100 mg tablet zoloft cost costco cost of zoloft. Order prozac online canada cost for zoloft at walgreens suhagra 50 mg tablet zoloft brand name cost buy strattera online cheap zoloft price philippines. Generic zoloft cost walmart can you buy prozac in mexico.
Is motilium available over the counter in australia can you buy motilium over the counter in australia buy viagra in hungary. Sildenafil generic 100mg accutane online cheap buy viagra hungary prozac medicine wiki sildenafil generic canada. Celexa over the counter Prozac 90 Pills 20mg $99 - $1.1 Per pill sildenafil citrate generic brands. Sildenafil soft tabs generic is motilium available over the counter can you buy viagra in france is motilium available over the counter in uk. Sildenafil doc generici on line buy flagyl online australia can i buy viagra in france buy viagra budapest. Sildenafil doc generico prezzo sildenafil generic brands cheap prozac canada prozac kaufen rezeptfrei celexa over the counter equivalent. Buy viagra in denmark buy prozac online cheap buy prozac online uk over the counter substitute for celexa celexa and over the counter meds. When does sildenafil become generic cheap accutane for sale online buy viagra norway buy flagyl tablets australia buy generic accutane online cheap. Buy viagra in sweden buy flagyl in australia where to buy generic prozac sildenafil citrate generic vs viagra buy prozac online canada. Motilium over the counter usa motilium over the counter canada sildenafil generic coupons buy brand prozac online buy prozac online ireland motilium tablets over the counter. Can you buy viagra in hungary motilium over the counter buy viagra in italy can u buy prozac online buy prozac australia where to buy viagra in denmark. Viagra generic sildenafil citrate sildenafil generic nz can motilium be bought over the counter motilium over the counter uk. Buy real prozac online motilium over the counter singapore can you buy viagra in italy sildenafil doc generici a cosa serve can you get motilium over the counter. Sildenafil doc generici controindicazioni cheap prozac online buy prozac online safe cheapest prozac online buy prozac tablets online. Can you buy motilium over the counter can i buy motilium over the counter in australia sildenafil doc generici prezzi. Doc generici sildenafil listino sildenafil generic 20 mg buy prozac online cheap is prozac cheaper than lexapro. Accutane buy online cheap sildenafil doc generici masticabile prezzo can you buy prozac uk Can you buy cialis over the counter in ontario. Buy viagra finland motilium suppositories over the counter prozac bestellen rezeptfrei buy viagra italy motilium over the counter ireland drugstore online discount code. Buy viagra sweden buy accutane online cheap canada can you get celexa over the counter can you buy prozac online uk can i buy prozac online uk cheap generic prozac. Generic prozac cheap can you buy flagyl over the counter in australia is motilium over the counter in canada accutane for sale cheap can i buy viagra in hungary.
buy prozac in australia
prozac pills buy
where to buy prozac from
can you buy prozac uk
Indikasi profertil tablet achat prozac sans ordonnance can you buy flagyl over the counter in australia how much does prozac cost in canada online pharmacy that sells clomid. Reputable online pharmacy for clomid harga profertil tablet propecia bestellen ohne rezept orlistat tablets buy online. Profertil tablet 50 mg can you get prozac in ireland reputable online pharmacy clomid best online pharmacy for clomid buy flagyl tablets australia. where to buy prozac online buy generic zovirax ointment buy orlistat online cheap buy clomid online pharmacy clomid online pharmacy australia. Profertil tablet profertil 50 mg tablet best online pharmacy clomid how much does prozac cost without insurance at walmart. Flagyl buy online australia achat prozac en ligne where to buy prozac from clomid walmart pharmacy profertil tablete iskustva. Propecia ohne rezept bestellen buy orlistat cheap online buy orlistat online canada New zealand online pharmacy motilium alli orlistat shop online clomid online pharmacy uk. Buy generic orlistat online orlistat prescription online orlistat buy online cheap buying orlistat online buy prozac online ireland how much does prozac cost for cats. Dosis profertil tablet safe online pharmacy to buy clomid profertil tablete cena how much does prozac cost at walgreens. where can i buy prozac in the uk orlistat online bestellen schweiz best online pharmacy to buy clomid clomid online pharmacy reviews. How much prozac for cats online pharmacy for clomid achat prozac en france how much does prozac cost the nhs buy flagyl in australia. Harga profertil per tablet clomid online pharmacy canada online pharmacy to buy clomid profertil tablete sastav xenical orlistat venta online orlistat buy online australia. How much does prozac cost per month how much does generic prozac cost without insurance profertil tablete cijena buy generic zovirax cream how much does prozac cost uk. Orlistat 120 mg buy online uk prozac online italia legit online pharmacy clomid prozac price ireland acheter prozac en france. Clomid online pharmacy propecia bestellen rezeptfrei buy generic zovirax prozac online europe manfaat profertil tablet prozac achat en ligne. Orlistat sandoz online kopen propecia online bestellen ohne rezept orlistat uk online cost of prozac in ireland prozac rezeptfrei schweiz. Profertil tablete prospect buy generic zovirax online buy flagyl australia buy flagyl online australia prozac in deutschland kaufen. Prozac 90 Pills 20mg $99 - $1.1 Per pill achat de prozac en ligne safe online pharmacy for clomid how much does prozac cost in ireland.
St. Johns did have two things going for it, however. We stopped first at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuba, which offers a small but interesting view of the country's history, both ancient and recent. Here are a few items caught in pictures: Christine with a hippopotamus skull, a map of the Leeward Islands with their Indian names (Antigua's is Waladli or, as it's more frequently spelled today, Wadadli), and colonial-era weights in front of a map of Antigua. The museum is free, supported by the gift shop and donations.
After the museum, it was on to the Cathedral of St. John, named for John the Baptist and John the Divine. (Antigua has many churches, including this cute little one, seen here from our porch, but most aren't anywhere near as large or ornate as the cathedral.) The cathedral is beautiful, both inside and outside. We enjoyed the stained-glass windows. One of the most interesting things about the cathedral is the plethora of memorial plaques and markers, celebrating the lives of both those who enjoyed prominence in life and those whose service probably went mostly unnoticed until they were gone.
On Wednesday, we opted to take the suggestion of the CocoBay concierge and spring for a jeep tour from Estate Safari Tours. Rather than worry about our own transportation (we went without renting a car) and navigating the confusing streets of Antigua, we could relax and spend the day seeing a variety of sights on the island with just a couple other people (who turned out to be a delightful couple from Vancouver, Canada). And did I mention that the jeep was air-conditioned? (In a relationship that features the occasional tug-of-war over the thermostat, Christine won a round with the trip to Antigua.)
So, guided and driven around by our man Stan, we set off to see the country.
We started with a look at one of Antigua's lesser-travelled political districts (possibly because the roads were dirt roads only now undergoing significant roadwork) and a stop to enjoy coconut juice from a couple of young guys at the roadside. Our first real stop was the Interpretation Center, which offered a multimedia story of Antigua's history and a nice spot for a picture. (One of the things that surprised me about Antigua was the mountainous terrain. Given that many islands are of volcanic origin, I probably shouldn't have been surprised. The more adventurous can take a day trip from Antigua to the active volcano of Montserrat.)
From there it was on to Shirley Heights, another great place for a picture (shown above). There are no guard fences, so it pays to be careful as one looks over the cliff and around the ruins of the British fort. Christine got up close and personal with a cannon, and we got a great view of our next stop, Nelson's Dockyard. Signs show you what you're looking at as you gaze down on Nelson's Dockyard and the harbor's defenses.
When we got down to the Dockyard, we visited the museum, where we looked at models of both the dockyard and ships that stopped there and had some fun at Admiral Nelson's expense. Outside at the dockyard, our tour guide pointed out the pillars of the sail house, where ships went through the significant effort of having their sails repaired. One of the more interesting things we learned is that a trip to the Nelson's Dockyard Hospital was essentially a death sentence. The main medicine was rum, which the hospital kept in lead-lined wooden barrels. As you can imagine, the rum ate away at the lead, so those patients who survived their original infirmity fell victim to lead poisoning.
After leaving the Dockyard and enjoying a cold Coke or Sprite (out of tall glass bottles), we made the trip over to Devil's Bridge. The Atlantic Ocean has chiseled away a walk-way, although it is safe enough to walk across.
We met up with the company's other jeeps for a tasty late lunch at the laundromat. (It's actually separate from the food room inside.)
After lunch, our last stop was the Betty's Hope Sugar Plantation. Antigua used to be covered with sugar plantations, and one still finds ruins of sugar mills all over the island. (Here's a ruin right near CocoBay.) Betty's Hope is an on-going restoration project that survives based on donations. Other than the small museum building, most of the plantation's buildings are ruins. One of the Betty's Hope sugar mills (at the bottom of the picture, you can see Stan sitting on the mill's sails) has been restored enough to see how it worked, and one can observe it both inside and outside. Stan explained that the long wooden beams running to the top of the mill behind Christine are the on/off switch (turning the top of the mill into or out of the wind makes the mill turn or stop).
On Thursday, we were off for Eli's Eco-Tour. Eli (on the left) is an Antigua native and grew up a devotee of the island's ecology and water sports. The Eco-Tour takes you almost all the way around the island, past all the resorts and by many of the outlying islands around Antigua. Along the way, we saw unique features of Antiguan geography, like Hawksbill Rock, and some Antiguan wildlife, like these roosting pelicans (the white things in the trees). We stopped for a surprisingly good picnic lunch on the boat at Bird Island, where we hiked to the top and took in the view. Lunch also gave us a chance to catch glimpses of the elusive Antiguan turtles, which were too elusive for a picture, unfortunately (although we did see several!).
Snorkeling is the highlight activity of the Eco-Tour (as long as you don't pay too much attention when Eli talks about the barricuda around the islands). Between the tour and the waters at CocoBay, we used our disposable underwater cameras to capture a variety of Antiguan undersea life, including a blue fish, a blue and purple fish, a blue and yellow fish, a spotted fish, a school of fish behind a rock, and even the elusive Josh fish.
Along the way on the tour, we also learned a fair amount about the struggle to preserve the often delicate ecology around Antigua. As one might imagine, it's difficult for a poor Caribbean nation to refuse when a billionaire off-shore banking magnate from Texas, R. Allen Stanford, seeks to buy islands around Antigua and build exclusive resorts. Stanford owns major construction and financial companies on Antigua and has considerable sway with the government as a result. Environmentalists are extremely suspicious of Stanford. His planned resorts can't help but disrupt the ecology, and what little he's completed has already had significant effects. On one island, where he plans a golf course and a resort limited to favored banking clients, Stanford has produced an award-winning artificial reef... but only after dredging the natural, wildlife-rich sand flats. Not coincidentally, Stanford's artificial reef prevents any boats from approaching his island, something the flats did not do.
2011 update: It seems that life has caught up to Mr. Stanford. He is now in U.S. custody awaiting trial on financial charges. See the Wikipedia article. Other articles from the Telegraph and the Guardian are linked in this sentence, and Eli is quoted in the latter.
We really enjoyed and thoroughly recommend the Eco-Tour, which returned us to Jolly Harbour at the end of the day.
We reserved all day Friday and a little bit of time Saturday morning to get in some last relaxation. One of the most interesting things about Antigua was the animals. All over the island, one would see sheep, goats, cows, and the occasional horse or donkey (also note the chickens on the left in this picture). On Friday, I took a lengthy walk/hike near the resort to capture some of these four-legged friends, including this group, which prompted my question: Why did the goat cross the road? We saw many without even having to leave the resort, including the cat that always hung around at breakfast (and was picky about which breakfast foods it wanted), this great white egret on the bushes right next to our porch, and this less-pretty, less-cuddly specimen on our porch.
Saturday at lunch it was off to the airport. On the way, our friendly cabbie J.J. (whose entire family, from his father to all his sons to his grandson, also has the initials J.J.) enlightened us on how to differentiate sheep from goats. As it turns out, it's quite simple: "Goats, tail up; sheep, tail down."
We enjoyed our time in Antigua very much. If you're looking for an interesting Caribbean destination with a nice hint of British flavor, Antigua may be for you. The resorts run the gamut from quiet to posh to more party-oriented. The people are nice, the ecology beautiful, and the beaches plentiful. If you go in the summer, like we did, be aware of hurricane season (we went in early July so it wasn't really an issue) and remember that Antigua is in the tropics, so it will be hot. Also note that you are leaving the U.S. and heading to a relatively poor foreign nation, so if you want the tropical feel with American amenities and/or opulence, you're better off headed to Hawaii. Finally, as the mosquito netting on our bed in the picture above should have alerted you, there are quite a few mosquitoes in Antigua. The breeze kept them at bay a fair amount, but you should expect some bites, particularly if your resort accommodations are open-air and you have lights on at night. (For an appropriate variation on those Corona commercials, check out this picture.)