LOCAL ACTIVITES IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
COCOS HOTEL is located on the beautiful island of Antigua, recognized as one of the top holiday and vacation destinations in the world. Known for its 365 stunning white sand beaches, one for every day of the year, Antigua also has an array of major events and activities. You can choose to take it easy during your stay and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the island, or take a more active role exploring the country on foot, by boat, by all terrain vehicle, or take a plane or ferry to our sister island, Barbuda.
Shirley Heights - This rambling array of gun emplacements and military buildings is best known today for the absolutely breathtaking prospect that it offers. From the Heights one can look far out over English Harbour, and on Sunday afternoons the view is accompanied by barbecue, rum punch, and the plangent strains of steel band and reggae music, a must do during your stay.
Museum of Antigua and Barbuda - This charming museum tells the story of Antigua and Barbuda from its geological birth through the present day. A cool oasis in the middle of St. John's, the museum contains a wide variety of fascinating objects and exhibits, ranging from a life-size replica of an Arawak dwelling to the bat of Viv Richards, one of the greatest cricket players of all time.
Nelsons Dockyard - English Harbour, Antigua's graceful and evocative historic district, is focused on the fifteen square miles of Nelson's Dockyard National Park. Developed as a base for the British Navy in the great age of sail, the harbour served as the headquarters of the fleet of the Leeward Islands during the turbulent years of the late 18th century. Today Nelson's Dockyard has been completely restored, and it is now the only Georgian dockyard in the world. Visitors to Nelsons Dockyard can enjoy numerous restaurants, bars, a multimedia presentation of Antigua’s history at the Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre, shops and a museum.
Barbuda's Frigate Bird Sanctuary - Located in the island's northwestern lagoon and is accessible only by boat. The sanctuary contains over 170 species of birds and is home to over 5,000 frigate birds. Fregata magnificens, the most aerial of waterbirds, possesses the largest wingspan (four to five feet) in proportion to its body size of any bird in the world. While on the island, enjoy secluded pink sand beaches, fresh lobster and conch, and an abundance of shipwrecks and beautiful reefs.
St. John’s, the Capital City - The skyline of St. John's, the capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda, is dominated by the magnificently evocative white baroque towers of St. John's Cathedral. Built in 1845, the church is now in its third incarnation, as earthquakes in 1683 and in 1745 destroyed the previous structures. With its recently completed cruise ship dock and several hotels, St. John's is a lively hub for shopping and dining. On Friday and Saturday mornings, be sure to visit the vibrant farmers market on the southern edge of the city. Folk crafts, colorful tropical fruits, and a buzzing crowd make for a lively morning.
Golf - COCOS HOTEL is situated in close proximity to the Jolly Harbour Marina and Shopping complex which is home to the Jolly Harbour Golf and Country Club. Play a round of golf there or at the island’s other golf course, Cedar Valley.
Boat Tours and Cruises - From island circumnavigations on catamarans, party cruises on pirate ships, deep sea fishing excursions, scuba diving and snorkeling, to an exploration of the off shore deserted islands, hidden caves and wild sea life encounters on eco boat cruises, there are a host of activities by sea. Visit the Antigua and Barbuda official website for details.
Excursions - On land there are numerous activities including island safari jeep tours, zip line canopy tours, helicopter tours of Antigua and its neighboring island Montserrat – an active volcanic island. Visit the Antigua and Barbuda official website for details.