Shirley Heights, English Harbour

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#1 of 9 in Historic Sites in Antigua and Barbuda
Revel in the weekly festivities and views from Shirley Heights. Every Sunday evening, a steel drum band soundtracks a delicious barbecue, complete with dancing and colorful sunsets. After sundown, local party bands will entertain you right through the evening, attracting tourists and locals alike, and providing plenty of opportunities to mingle and socialize. Most visitors bring their cameras to capture the views and sunsets. Shirley Heights is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Saint Paul Parish Edition.
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  • The best view of the Sunset in Antigua. Awesome BBQ and Live Bands on a Sunday! For a quieter experience check it out in the week.  more »
  • In Antigua, you can't miss this place overlooking English Harbour and the Bay of motorcycles boats at anchor the incredible charm becomes great at sunset. As for the restaurant nothing special though acceptable for a different evening after watching the Sun disappear into the sea. Lovely local music with drums that reproduce the tools simply with sheet metal plates
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  • We went on a friday (so the steel band wasn't there) but there was no crowds so an amazing view at sunset..  more »
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  • This place is one of the most beautiful and breath taking views in the world. It s easy to get up the hill and the food is amazing. It is a kind of island party every Sunday. Highly recommended. They play music with their local instruments all day. The sunset is simply stunning.
  • A bit too touristy, but good vibes. Food is average, both traditional music and reggae concert are very good. Concerts are only on Sundays. Worth arriving between 4-5pm to avoid crowds and have a chance for a sunset view and photos. Stay until at least 7pm for reggae.
  • The Historic Shirley Heights and the Lookout Restaurant and Bar has one of the Most Iconic Scenic Views of The Nelsons Dockyard, the surrounding English Harbour and beyond (sometimes way beyond to Montserrat and other neighbouring islands depending on the visibility. The Historic Fort with many restored structures and some ruins is a definite point of attraction and the panoramic 360 degree views are simply spectacular, providing the backdrop for many photos with the awesome sunset or the splendid land and seascape. A starting or ending point for many scenic hiking trails including The Carpenter Rock Trail and a venue for many events including the now even more famous regular Sunday Sunset Lime. Popular everyday of the week with something for everyone; Vendors, Taxis, Visitors and patrons of the Bar and Restaurant (try the BBQ Ribs, delicious) and others enjoying the well kept gardens and grounds with a really good view and the history aficionados. The post sunset, twilight and evening views are also spectacular, I have not yet witnessed the dawn view it should be just as good as the other times as well. A definite must for any Island Tour Itinerary, a historic point of interest which lives up to and way surpasses the name. The Shirley Heights is a rewarding place to visit on many levels.
  • Great views all around. Good photo ops. Free bathrooms. Free parking. Handicap accessible. Short film on history of the area. Gift shop. Approximately a 30 minute car ride from downtown St. John's.
  • Excellent views of English Harbour. Party night is Saturday, music and food for purchase $25 EC per person entry fee.

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