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January 7, 2010
February 1, 2009
From the 'name it and they will come department', is an announcement from the office of The Prime Minister of Antigua. According to The Antigua Sun, Antigua's highest point, Boggy Peak (OK, so it's not really a lofty snow-capped mountain), will be re-named to Mount Obama in honor of The United States' new president. The peak's moniker is set to change on Mr. Obama's next birthday, August 4. As luck would have it the timing of the renaming of the 1300 foot 'mountain' will happen during Antigua's annual carnival in August.
This would appear to be another PR coup for the island. Already, the tourist board likes to claim that there are 365 beaches, one for every day of the year. Having been there a number of times I would dispute that. But whose counting. However, there are some truly great beaches on the island, like Turners Beach which is my favorite. I also like the beach at Galley Bay.
The best view on the island certainly has to be from the Shirley's Heights Lookout. From the bar on top, there is an excellent view of historic English Harbour. They make a good rum punch here, as well as offer a weekly jump up, featuring live bands and a BBQ cookout.
More information can be found in the files of The Antigua Sun.
September 1, 2008
If it's Sunday night, it's party time in Antigua. For the last 25 years the weekly jump up on Shirley Heights has been attracting crowds for drinks, live music and the best view on the island. Pulsing to the sound of a steel band or live reggae there are rum punches 'a plenty, as well as a mouth watering BBQ buffet set up and ready to go.
The lure here for the crowds of people that converge every Sunday is first and foremost the panoramic view of the sunset over historic English Bay. If you aren't 'on island' for the Sunday bash, there is another chance to go on Thursday for a calmer and not so crowded party - it's good for families.
Tip: You can take a 'tour' to get up here, or grab a taxi yourself.
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