We know what it’s like. You’re in Antigua for the powdery white sand beaches and the potent rum cocktails, but you’ve got a sneaky feeling that there might be a little bit more to the place. And that if you don’t get out of your hotel at least once during your stay, you might live to regret it...
This is where Tropical Adventures come in. Antigua’s number one tour operator knows all the best spots on the island, and will be delighted to show them to you in an unhurried but unforgettable six hours.
Choose the ‘Island Safari Gold’ tour, and you'll get to see the sights courtesy of a luxury SUV with the kind of suspension that makes off-roading a doddle, and the type of air-conditioning that makes a mockery of our tropical temperatures. And as you’ll be accompanied by a highly-experienced tour guide, chances are you’ll get back to your hotel knowing far more about Black pineapples, natural blowholes, tropical rainforests and Lord Nelson than when you set off!
Scenic highlights on the 6-hour tour include a stop-off at Devil’s Bridge on our northeast coast. This is where the Atlantic Ocean first makes contact with our shores, its powerful breakers cutting dramatic bridges, blowholes and archways into our limestone rock.
Fig Tree Drive couldn't be more of a contrast, a twisting, undulating road showing off the unique delights of our primeval rainforest. Think quaint wooden villages, charming stone churches and lush fruit trees bearing everything from mangoes and coconuts to guavas and bananas. The latter were once known locally as ‘figs’.
The tree-lined Fig Tree Drive finally opens out onto our panoramic west coast where you’ll get to enjoy a breezy lunch on one of our white sand beaches. And while you're lingering over an ice-cold Wadadli beer, try to spot our neighbouring island of Montserrat on the horizon.
The tour covers our historical treasures too, of course. From Shirley Heights with its military ruins and awe-inspiring vistas to Nelson’s Dockyard with its anchored yachts and prized UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The Blockhouse is where the English soldiers kept an eye out for French invaders, while the sensitively-preserved Betty’s Hope plantation is a reminder of the darker days of our colonial past.
You'll even have time to hang out with the local wildlife. The Donkey Sanctuary is home to more than 150 donkeys including longtime residents like Big Mama, July and Stevie. You might even like to adopt one of them before you leave, a commitment that involves a US$30 donation rather than a corner of your garden you’ll be relieved to know!
The Tropical Adventures Island Safari Gold excursion is an off-road adventure for the entire family. Cost US$135 per adult, US$65 per child and US$25 per infant. Entrance fees, lunch and refreshments included. Other island safaris available from US$110 per adult.