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Antigua and Barbuda Sights

Shirley Heights

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Updated 02/27/2014

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This bluff affords a spectacular view of English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour. The heights are named for Sir Thomas Shirley, the governor who fortified the harbor in 1781. At the top is Shirley Heights Lookout, a restaurant built into the remnants of the 18th-century fortifications. Most notable for its boisterous Sunday barbecues that continue into the night with live music and dancing, it serves dependable burgers, pumpkin soup, grilled meats, and rum punches.


Hill Interpretation Centre. Not far from Shirley Heights is the Dows Hill Interpretation Centre, where observation platforms provide still more sensational vistas of the English Harbour area. A multimedia sound-and-light presentation on island history and culture, spotlighting lifelike figures and colorful tableaux accompanied by running commentary and music, results in a cheery, if bland, portrait of Antiguan life from Amerindian times to the present. 268/481–5045. EC$15. Daily 9–5.

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Dockyard Dr., Shirley Heights, Antigua

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Updated 02/27/2014


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Jan 9, 2006

Shirley Heights Lookout Is Not For the Faint Hearted

Visited the restaurant on Sunday was pleasantly surprised. During the early evening hours, it's frequented by the resort inhabitants who seem a bit stuffy. By sundown, watch out!!! The locals show up and the party really gets started! There is a lot dancing, drinking and having too much fun. The food is ok, but the evening ambience is better. If you are a single gal, expect to be hit on by the manly locals. It's a Don't Miss Experience.

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