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Report 2001: My Non Vacation in Antigua

By MsATravlin from Texas, Spring 2012

Trip Description: From May 6 - 13, 2012 we spent a week at a resort in St. Phillips, Antigua, hoping for a relaxing beach vacation. What we got, well ...

Destinations: Countries - Caribbean

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Beach; Independent Travel; 2 People

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Page 1 of 9: Sunday, May 6, 2012 – Welcome to Antigua

photo by arSmith

Cooking BBQ at Shirley Heights, The Party of the Week

We were here Sunday to Sunday, May 6th through 13th. From the time we touched down at VC Bird we were welcomed with gray skies and rain. I would not let a little rain deter me. I had an itinerary for the week to meet including Shirley Heights’s Sunday Night party, horseback riding, the land and sea tour & dinner and partying at Abracadabra’s & Cloggy’s. We entered the airport serenaded by a local live rendition of a Temptations song. Clearing customs wasn’t bad as we were the only flight currently entering. A Red Cap met us at the baggage claim, got our luggage and whisked us away to further clear customs with our bags before we could say “wait a minute.” We went through without having to open our luggage, got into the taxi line and in two minutes we were on our way. We made it to The Verandah about 3:30. The resort is so true to the website photos. Beautiful place! We made it to the room and had to rush to get cleaned up and changed for our taxi ride to Shirley Heights. We would not make the less expensive shuttle leaving from the resort at 4:30 but had one to pick us up at 5:30. The Verandah has certain taxi drivers whereby they pick you up from the resort and return you to the resort for a certain up-front fee. Our driver for the week was Luke. A good-natured Antiguan who was very knowledgeable and experienced about the island and didn’t mind sharing with his fares. Our fare to and from Shirley Heights was $100US.

We stayed there until9 pm and he stayed around that time socializing with his fellow cabbies. In the continued rain we ate barbecue and drank rum punch while cramming under the meager shelter available. The steel band continued to play. They had better shelter. The gray day turned to dusk, the rain continued and the steel band packed it in and gave way for the live band which had the best shelter of all. The band was excellent and the real party scene began. They played everything from reggae to disco to today’s top hits like Rihanna and the like. By this time I was full of tasty barbecue and rum punch and wasn’t worried about the rain. I danced out in the rain amongst many other partiers, many of which were way younger than I but who was keeping up with age.

We got back to our home away from home about 9:30 and the main bar and live band were also going strong. Plus the piece de resistance was they knew how to make our favorite libations, French Connections. The top shelf Courvoisseur cognac & Di Saronno amaretto liqueur blend that we pay upwards of $15 per glass were actually free at the resort. Keep the French Connections coming ... yeah! I just knew this was the beginning of a "fantabulous" trip. What a rude awakening I had coming...

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