Cruising around Antigua
06 April 2019
We start out from Jolly Harbour half way up the West coast.
Going south around, places to visit are:
1/ Crab Hill Bay where lies OJ's Restaurant which is good and not overly expensive, and Jacqui O's which is fine and a bit more expensive. both lie on a very pleasant beach on the sheltered side of the island.
2/ Cades Reef which lies offshore, is well protected and good for swimming and snorkelling
3/ Carlisle Bay, which is a nice overnight anchoring stop in a protected anchorage off a hotel with a dinghy dock and several fine restaurants. Nearby is a fine swimming and snorkelling area off Old Road Bluff.
4/ Falmouth Harbour which is a well protected bay with 3 marinas and visitors buoys and anchoring areas, with nice restaurants, a supermarket, a launderette, and within easy walking distance of English harbour next door. Also a large collection of super yachts to view!
5/ English Harbour which contains Nelsons Dockyard and Freemans Bay Anchorage. Nice to visit and a good hike up to Shirley Heights for glorious views.
6/ Marmora Bay which is well protected, and access to the St.James Club Hotel
7/ Nonsuch Bay which is on the East coast, so is a bit of a bash into the prevailing wind and seas, but worthwhile!
Green Island which is un-inhabited has some nice anchorages like tenpound bay, where there is only space for one boat and contains a useful mooring buoy. Also Rickets Bay and West Bay and further north where there is a collection of useful mooring buoys in the lee of the reefs. At the West end of the bay lies the Nonsuch Bay Resort with a useful restaurant.
The rest of the East coast is quite inaccessible due to being on the windward side and covered by dangerous reefs.
So Travelling back past Jolly Harbour going north is Five Island Harbour, and Deep Bay which make good anchorages. Then north of there is Dickenson Bay which has good restaurants and sheltered beaches off which to anchor.
Going around the North of the island within the Boon Channel inside the off-lying reef one can find Long Island which is a wealthy resort but with a fine anchorage, and with care one can find anchorages off a number of islands amongst the reefs.