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Antigua - small hotel within walking distance to restaurants? Help?

Antigua - small hotel within walking distance to restaurants? Help?

Dec 27th, 2010, 07:59 AM
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Antigua - small hotel within walking distance to restaurants? Help?

We would like to go to Antigua for a week in February. We are used to staying at small hotels right on the beach, within walking distance of restaurants and shops. I see that Fodors recommends Siboney Bay, and it sounds good, however, I cant seem to find information on distance to restaurants and shops. We have gone several times to Grand Case in St. Martin and are looking for a similar experience in another Caribbean island. Would appreciate any recommendations.
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Dec 28th, 2010, 03:24 AM
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Although the hotel is lovely, the area around it is not particularly appealing. There are restaurants and bars in the area, but some looked closed or rundown. Dickenson Bay has a lovely beach although the water is cloudy but the landscape inland is not pretty.

Jolly Harbour has restaurants and some small hotels, the beach and surrounding landscape is very nice. Nelsons Dockyard probably offers the most dining options but not sure if that would be within walking distance of any hotel. St Johns has some reasonably restaurants around Redcliffe Street.

For something similar to St Martin, I would recommend Martinique or Guadeloupe where restaurants are everywhere and AI unheard of. Grenada/Barbados and St Lucia have great dining options too but might not be within walking distance. Aruba/Bonaire and Curacao have restaurants within walking distance of major hotels/resorts depending on the area.
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Dec 28th, 2010, 04:23 AM
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or Jolly Harbor cheaper more of a time share though

best for me there...

Guadeloupe my fav though for the intimate vibe/great food

you want...Happy Hunting,
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Dec 28th, 2010, 06:04 AM
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If you want walking distance then Nelson's dockyard area is quite convenient, although you will need to drive to a beach.

Among the many Caribbean trips that we had taken, Antigua was good but not great. Good dining, but overall too commercial for our taste.
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Dec 29th, 2010, 06:59 AM
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Thank you so much for your insight. I think you brought up great points, so we are going to go to Grenada instead of Antigua. We can get some great direct flights to Grenada, so now I just need to find a small hotel, right on the beach within walking distance to restaurants, as an AI is not the type of vacation we enjoy. Any suggestions?
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Dec 30th, 2010, 02:36 AM
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Antigua is a great island but not easy to dine out every night, unless around certain areas or you have a rental car. AI is a good option for Antigua, if you pick the right hotel. The crowded streets during cruise ship stops doesn't mean that the island is commercialised or overdeveloped, as it is not.

There are restaurants along Grand Anse beach, so would look for a hotel in that area. My most recent stay was at an AI near to the airport - there were 2 restaurants within walking distance, the Aquarium and the Beach House which we tried. There is also the Coconut Beach restaurant at the other end of Grand Anse and the Red Crab at Lance aux Epines.

I'd recommend a rental car, at least for part of the stay. There are dining options that would need transportation eg La Sagesse.

I'm not sure though that Grenada will be a similar experience to St Martin, since the dining options available in the French Caribbean do not compare.
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