365 beaches
Nelson's Dockyard 
Shirley Heights

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A beach for each day of the year

“One beach a day,” Antigua’s motto, refers to the island’s 365 beautiful beaches that are famous, secret or even set in volcanic craters. There’s a beach for every lifestyle, for those who are social and ones who seek solitude. 
When you arrive on an MSC Caribbean and Antilles cruise in the port of St. John’s, the capital and commercial centre of Antigua and Barbuda, embrace the city’s colourfully vibrant houses dating to its British colonial period, along with the evocative white baroque towers of St. John's Cathedral, and the Fort James and Barrington fortresses. The laid-back cosmopolitan city, with its distinctly British flair, is renowned for its shopping at luxury boutiques and highend shopping malls. 
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• 365 beaches
• Nelson's Dockyard 
• Shirley Heights
Beyond the city, book an MSC excursion to the historic Nelson's Dockyard in English Harbour, dedicated to Admiral Horatio Nelson, who was stationed in the West Indies be-tween 1784 and 1787. The shipyard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest of Antigua’s National Parks and still remains a working dockyard for numerous yachts and ships. Beautifully restored, its Georgian buildings in wood and stone date to the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Between April and the beginning of May, the Dockyard is the venue for some of the most important sailing regattas in the world, such as Antigua Sailing Week. The excursion continues on to visit the landmark ruins at Shirley Heights offering breath-taking vistas of English Harbour.
If an excursion in nature appeals to you, head to Stingray City to swim with friendly southern stingrays in crystal-clear water. Or discover Antigua's lush rainforest from a bird's-eye perspective as you navigate through the treetops on a guided canopy tour that will have you walking over a suspension bridge and traversing zip lines over a spectacular gorge.

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    Antigua and Barbuda

    The spirit of the Caribbean
    The spirit of the Caribbean

    If you like English style Caribbean islands, you cannot miss a vacation in Antigua and Barbuda. From Saint John’s, the capital of Antigua, it is worth visiting Runaway Beach, between the sea and the salt lake, home to the large pelicans that live on the island. Dickinson Bay stretches out a little to the north and is one of the best equipped in Antigua.

    An excursion into the hinterland, which is like a journey in time, takes you to the village of Pares from which you can then reach Betty’s Hope, the oldest sugar cane plantation in the country and then proceed to Long Bay where the bay’s waters are protected by the coral reef. In Antigua, the sea has even dug out the amazing Devil’s Bridge.

    In Barbuda, about 20 marine miles north of Antigua, you can admire the largest nesting colony of marine birds in the area and behind it the long, 11 Miles Beach. The old history of the Lesser Antilles also gives us a trace of the pre-Colombian populations like the Arawak, the native population of these archipelagos; some artefacts can be admired at the Old Court House in Saint John, while Amerindian petroglyphs are visible in the Indian Cave in Barbuda.