In 1784 the legendary
Admiral Horatio Nelson sailed to Antigua
and established Great Britains most
important Caribbean base. During his
stay on the Island, Nelson remained
in the far south. His base is now
commemorated at Nelsonís Dockyard,
found in English Harbour and is one
of the premier tourist attractions.
The same unique characteristics, which
attracted the Royal Navy to Antigua
back in the eighteenth century, are
now the contributing factors, which
make the Island one of the most desirable
destinations in the Caribbean. The
Trade Winds which once blew British
men-of-war safely into English Harbour,
now fuel one of the worlds foremost
maritime events, Sailing Week, held
annually at the end of April.
The expansive, winding
coastline, which made Antigua so unapproachable
and difficult to navigate, is today
where holidaymakers encounter a tremendous
wealth of secluded, powdery soft beaches.
Antigua is proud to boast of 365 beaches,
one for each day of the year! The
coral reefs, once the bane of enemy
ships, now provide fascinating underwater
scenery and attract snorkellers and
scuba-divers from all over the world.