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English Harbour is set in the South of Antigua. With close access to Falmouth Harbour the two connected harbors create a beautiful settlement which has extensive history for the island. Antigua was once a natural harbor and settlement for many ships in this area of the world. Unsurprisingly English Harbour was actually named for its use by the Royal Navy. The Royal Navy's dock ships in this area in the 18th century and with the two connected natural harbors, it was the perfect place to ride out a storm or to enjoy the bounty of the island.
These two harbors are extremely sheltered and with the rolling hills around the harbors you can block out most of the wind throughout the island and enjoy favorable weather conditions. English Harbour is known for its amazing boating as well as for warm waters and history. Getting up on some of these rolling hills in the area can give you access to some absolutely staggering photo opportunities. It's well recommended to take one of the neighboring trails and make your way up onto the cliffs to get a really good picture of English Harbour in its totality.
The history of English Harbour dates back to Nelson's dockyard which is a British Navy base. This still stands as a Royal Navy memento on the island and you can take time to tour the area where the dockyard was. There are fully restored 18th and 19th century artifacts and buildings and the entire installation has been recreated/fixed up by the Antiguan government. Occupied as a boat yard since the 1730s the yard continued its expansion throughout the 18th century, the beautiful warfs, the ancient hospital as well as the sheltered bay all create their own unique beauty especially looking at it in a modern time. Twin dockyards in the English Harbour would have made it a formidable force and the perfect place to Harbour ships in poor weather. Although this installation closed in 1889, 60 years later it would be completely restored and preserved. The area still works as a epicenter for yachting as well as a museum. Staying in this area can give you close access to one of the oldest working Georgian dockyards in the entire world.
If you love nature English Harbour also will not disappoint in that respect. With just 620 people for population, there is much more green space and trails then you could potentially imagine. The surrounding area having with Harbour is mostly a protected natural Park area. With many unique species of birds and plants you can enjoy a beautiful walk through some of the national park trails as well as head up to the top of some of the cliffs to capture beautiful views of the bay itself. Hiking in this area is fantastic and if you are the type of traveler that likes to go for regular walks, staying in this area can present you with plenty of opportunity to do so.
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