WANDERLUST: Beach lover’s paradise

Notes from superyacht chef and photography buff, Jamie Neben’s travel diary.

Antigua named by Christopher Columbus in the late 1400s is a sovereign island country with an undulating coastline of 95 miles. Known as a major yachting hub in the Caribbean for the past 60 years it’s been home to one of the largest charter shows.

Jamie Neben

The beaches you find here are out of this world with the lowest water temperature (in the mid 20s) making it a beach lover’s paradise.

Every Sunday they throw a party at Shirley Heights, one of the best places to watch the sunset on the island. It’s an old military lookout gun battery so you get fantastic views of the English and Falmouth harbours. There is so much history everywhere you look. 

Whilst you are there, do try the bbq and rum punch up but be warned, the rum is strong. There are great hikes on the island also boggy peak or Mount Obama—one of my favourites.  I recommend hiring a jeep and just hitting the road. The island isn’t too big so you can always find your way back, eventually.