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English Harbour
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English Harbour

English Harbour is a natural harbour located on the south-eastern coast of Antigua and Barbuda. It is situated on the leeward side of the island, in the parish of St. Philip. The harbour is a popular tourist destination and is renowned for its stunning views and crystal clear waters.

The harbour was first discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and is believed to have been used by the British as a naval base from the 17th century onwards. During the American Revolutionary War, the harbour was used as a base for the British Navy and was the site of several battles.

The harbour is also known for its historical significance. In the late 18th century, it was the site of the Battle of Antigua, a major naval battle between the British and French forces. More recently, the harbour has become a popular tourist destination and is home to a number of resorts, restaurants, and bars.

The harbour is also home to a number of historical sites, including the Nelson's Dockyard National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park includes the ruins of the old British naval base, as well as a number of historical buildings.

English Harbour is also home to a number of marinas, which are popular with sailors from around the world. The harbour is also home to several sailing regattas, including the Antigua Sailing Week, which is one of the largest sailing regattas in the world.

Overall, English Harbour is a stunning destination with a rich history and a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy. From stunning views to historical sites, the harbour offers something for everyone.

Excursion tips for a day in English Harbour

As a tourist in English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda, there are many exciting activities to enjoy in the area. Here is a list of things to do on a day trip:

1. Visit Nelson's Dockyard National Park to explore the ruins of the 18th-century British naval base.

2. Take a boat tour around the harbour to see the many yachts and sailboats.

3. Go snorkeling or scuba diving to explore the colourful coral reefs and tropical fish.

4. Visit the nearby Shirley Heights Lookout for panoramic views of the harbour.

5. Relax on the beach and soak up the sun.

6. Enjoy a meal at one of the many waterfront restaurants.

7. Take a guided tour of the local rum distilleries and sample some of the island's finest rum.

8. Go on a fishing charter and try your hand at catching some of the local seafood.

9. Visit the local markets to pick up some souvenirs.

10. Take a guided hike through the nearby rainforest to explore the lush vegetation.

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The climate in English Harbour

English Harbour, located in Antigua and Barbuda, experiences a tropical climate throughout the year. During the summer, temperatures are hot and humid, with average highs of around 30°C and lows of around 25°C. Rainfall is common during the summer months, but it is usually light and brief. During the winter, temperatures are milder, with average highs of around 28°C and lows of around 22°C. Rainfall is less frequent during the winter months, but showers are still possible. Spring and autumn are transitional seasons with temperatures ranging between 25°C and 28°C. Rainfall is usually light and scattered throughout these months. Overall, English Harbour experiences a warm and humid climate throughout the year.

Cruise weather for English Harbour

Our weather forecast for English Harbour helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Dec. 4th 2023 Dec. 4th 2023 max: 28.0 °C
min: 26.5 °C
35.6 m/s
41.8 m/s
6.1 %
23.2 m
75.5 %
1,016 hPa
Dec. 5th 2023 Dec. 5th 2023 max: 27.9 °C
min: 26.5 °C
34.2 m/s
38.9 m/s
45.2 %
23.6 m
73.0 %
1,016 hPa
Dec. 6th 2023 Dec. 6th 2023 max: 28.0 °C
min: 26.3 °C
32.0 m/s
36.4 m/s
11.8 %
22.8 m
76.5 %
1,015 hPa
Dec. 7th 2023 Dec. 7th 2023 max: 27.9 °C
min: 26.3 °C
23.4 m/s
28.1 m/s
2.5 %
24.1 m
75.4 %
1,014 hPa
Dec. 8th 2023 Dec. 8th 2023 max: 27.7 °C
min: 26.2 °C
32.0 m/s
36.7 m/s
7.2 %
23.3 m
73.1 %
1,015 hPa
Dec. 9th 2023 Dec. 9th 2023 max: 27.4 °C
min: 26.3 °C
35.6 m/s
41.8 m/s
14.1 %
23.2 m
75.0 %
1,015 hPa
Dec. 10th 2023 Dec. 10th 2023 max: 27.8 °C
min: 26.2 °C
32.8 m/s
38.2 m/s
10.4 %
22.8 m
77.8 %
1,012 hPa
Dec. 11th 2023 Dec. 11th 2023 max: 27.9 °C
min: 26.7 °C
29.2 m/s
33.5 m/s
7.4 %
23.9 m
78.3 %
1,013 hPa
Dec. 12th 2023 Dec. 12th 2023 max: 27.8 °C
min: 26.5 °C
29.5 m/s
33.8 m/s
4.8 %
24.1 m
78.4 %
1,014 hPa
Dec. 13th 2023 Dec. 13th 2023 max: 27.7 °C
min: 26.5 °C
36.0 m/s
41.4 m/s
4.7 %
23.9 m
76.7 %
1,013 hPa
Dec. 14th 2023 Dec. 14th 2023 max: 27.5 °C
min: 26.4 °C
36.4 m/s
41.2 m/s
0.9 %
23.6 m
72.2 %
1,011 hPa
Dec. 15th 2023 Dec. 15th 2023 max: 27.5 °C
min: 26.1 °C
28.4 m/s
33.8 m/s
14.1 %
23.1 m
73.3 %
1,009 hPa
Dec. 16th 2023 Dec. 16th 2023 max: 27.7 °C
min: 25.8 °C
23.0 m/s
26.3 m/s
9.6 %
24.1 m
73.5 %
1,011 hPa
Dec. 17th 2023 Dec. 17th 2023 max: 27.9 °C
min: 26.4 °C
24.8 m/s
28.4 m/s
10.3 %
24.1 m
77.9 %
1,012 hPa

Cruises to English Harbour

Would you like to travel to English Harbour on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of English Harbour.

Scheduled ship calls in English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Oct. 30th 2024 Wednesday, 30th of Oct. 2024 Scenic Eclipse 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 31st 2025 Friday, 31st of Jan. 2025 Queen Mary 2 07:00 am 06:00 pm

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