Points of Interest in Antigua

Long long ago, the Ciboney people were the ancestral owners of the Island of Antigua. They would later be followed by the Arawaks, then the Caribs and much later by the Spaniards. The Caribs referred to Antigua as 'Waladli or Wadadli'.

Antigua is located in the West Indies. It is one of the leeward islands of the Caribbean Sea. The name Antigua is Spanish for 'Ancient'.

Although the country largely depends on tourism, there is an active agricultural sector. Visit the country and sample the local 'black pineapple', sweet potatoes, corn, chili peppers among others.

The island has made a name for itself in the travel industry as the place to beat if you want an all-inclusive holiday. Listed below are some of its top points of interest.

1. Museum of Antigua and Barbuda - The museum is a former Colonial Courthouse that was built in 1747. This is your chance to the rich history of Antigua. The museum is located at Long St, St John's, Antigua & Barbuda.

2. Fort James - This fort was built in 1706 at the entry of St. Johns Harbor. It was used to wade off invading armies. It offers a spectacular view of the harbor and the city of St. John's.

3. St. John’s Cathedral - Also known as St. John the Divine, this cathedral is the best place to view the on goings of the City of St. Johns. It is perched on a hilltop at Church Lane, Saint John's, Antigua & Barbuda. It was opened in 1848.

4. Government House - This is a 17th century colonial house that follows the Georgian style of architecture that was common those days. It is the official residence of the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda. Its extensive gardens and beautiful architecture are the main tourist draws.

5. Dockyard Museum - If you want to look into ancient ship building, the seamen tales and artifacts, this is the best place to be in the Caribbean. The museum was established in 1855.

6. Fort Barrington - Due to its ideal location on major shipping routes, Antigua and Barbados was prone to foreign invasions. This is why the Spaniards, led by Admiral Barrington constructed this fort to act as vantage point to ward off invaders. It was built in 1779.

7. George Westerby Memorial - This was built in honor of the missionary works of Moravian Bishop George Wall Westerby. It was established in 1892. It is a good place to take pictures.

Antigua is a great place to vacation in. It is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and boasts a tropical weather. You will be glad you vacationed here.

by Kennedy Runo on 02/26/2015 in Sightseeing