Helping Britannia rule the waves
Antigua has the world’s only continuous working Georgian dockyard. Nelson’s Dockyard National Park (001 268 481 5021; nationalparksantigua.com; entry US$8/£5) is a fascinating insight into naval history in the Caribbean. It is set on the south coast at English Harbour and you can wander around a complex of well-preserved buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, with information on their original purpose. There’s Admiral’s House, now the site of the Dockyard Museum (001 268 460 1379; dockyardmuseum.org), and the Copper and Lumber Store, these days a luxury hotel (001 268 460 1160; copperandlumberhotel.com; doubles US$135/£84). Take the road up to the lookout at Shirley Heights for more nosing around the fortifications and artillery quarters, and to enjoy sweeping views to Montserrat. There’s a jump-up (party) here every Sunday from 4pm to 10pm. Go later if you want to avoid most tourists.