This Highlights of Antigua Accessible Shore Excursion is the perfect way to explore the beautiful Caribbean island of Antigua from the comfort of your own private accessible van, while enjoying lively commentary by your local private guide. On this shore excursion, you will see and explore the best accessible highlights that Antigua has to offer, including the lush tropical nature and beautiful sandy beaches as well as the breathtaking Devil’s Bridge and the vibrant Nelson’s Dockyard in the English Harbor.
Start your day by meeting your tour guide by the St. John’s cruise dock. From here, you will board your accessible van. And head out on a scenic drive to Betty’s Hope. Betty’s Hope was a sugarcane plantation, established in 1650. Shortly after the island had become an English colony, it flourished as a successful agricultural industrial enterprise during the centuries of slavery. Betty’s Hope is no longer operational as a plantation, but the restored mills and the beautiful site with its ruins are must see.
Next is a stop at Devil’s Bridge, a natural arch carved by the sea from soft and hard limestone ledges of the Antigua formation, a geological division of the flat north-eastern part of Antigua. A bridge was created when a soft part of the limestone eroded away by action of Atlantic breakers over countless centuries. Devil’s Bridge was called so, because a lot of slaves from the neighboring estates use to go there and throw themselves overboard. It was an area of mass suicide, so people used to say the Devil was there. Despite the tragic history, the bridge is still one of the most beautiful landmarks of the island. The terrain here is uneven, and it is not possible to climb the rocky path to the bridge. You will however have an opportunity to admire it and photograph it from a viewpoint.
Continuing from here, you will reach Nelson’s Dockyard in the historic heart of the island, the English Harbour. The English Harbour has been the home to many famous naval officers including Rodney, Nelson, Collingwood, Prince William Henry, Hood, and Cochrane. Today, the Dockyard at the English Harbour is named after the victor of the battle of Trafalgar, Admiral Lord Nelson. Explore Nelson’s Dockyard, where many of the restored buildings house modern facilities that still reflect the naval heritage of English Harbour, and private yachts now replace Naval vessels in the Harbour, You will have plenty of time to explore this amazing, picturesque harbor and if you like, you can enjoy a delicious lunch at an accessible restaurant, before its time to head back to the cruise dock.
This Highlights of Antigua Shore Excursion features:
- Convenient accessible tour routes confirmed to be wheelchair accessible (no steps or curbs)
- 5-hour accessible driving tour with opportunities to get out and explore firsthand.
- Lively commentary by an English-speaking tour guide
- Memorable sightseeing and great photo opportunities in Antigua!
- Pickup and drop-off by the cruise port.
- Betty’s Hope Plantation
- Devil’s Bridge
- Nelson’s Dockyard
- English Harbour
- Island Viewpoints
The Highlights of Antigua Shore Excursion has a 4-star accessibility rating. The route has been customized to make sure it is entirely step-free, and your knowledgeable tour guide is familiar with accessibility in each location. An accessible van equipped with a lift will be used between the different venues.
The accessible vans in Antiqua are equipped with a lift for easy access. A smaller van is used for small groups and a larger accessible bus, also with a lift, is used for bigger groups.
The era at Betty’s Hope is slightly hilly. You will use grass and gravel paths to admire the structures from outside.
During your accessible Antigua tour, you will stop to admire some incredible views from fully accessible viewpoints. You will encounter some mild hilly areas and uneven ground by the devil’s bridge.
There will be accessible restrooms available along the tour route.
Tour Duration: 5 hours
Cost: $420 for 1-2 people, $450 for 3-4 people and $530 for 5-6 people.
* Save $50 when you book an accessible cruise + excursions package
Days of the week the tour is offered: Every day except Monday
Meet-up place: Meeting point by St. John’s cruise dock
Entrance tickets: Not Necessary.
Cancellation policy: Can be found here
Not included: Entrance tickets, snacks/meals, gratuities.
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