Columbus's Caribbean

Antigua, a sailing destination

"Sailing through the Boon Channel, silently slipping between coral reefs with names like Salt Fish Tail Reef, Kettle Bottom Shoals and Prickly Pear."

Maritime history permeates this island like few places on earth. It is an incredible adventure in history to stroll through English Harbor which has been restored to what it was in Horatio (Vice-Admiral the Right Honorable Lord) Nelson’s day. Bays, harbors and anchorages abound on Antigua with the highlight being the North Sound Marine Park. Sailing through the Boon Channel, silently slipping between coral reefs with names like Salt Fish Tail Reef, Kettle Bottom Shoals and Prickly Pear into Parham Sound and beyond into North Sound, we’ll anchor off Great Bird Island.

Here you can lounge in the sun, explore the many small islands or go for a captivating snorkel. But there’s still more in Antigua, Nonsuch Bay, whose namesake found her way through the reefs in 1647 to find a safe anchorage. Jolly Harbor, with its modern Marina, restaurants and water oriented community, was carved out of what once was a mangrove swamp. Falmouth Harbor is adjacent to English Harbor and the town of St. John’s is a bustling commercial and tourist center.

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