One of the most breathtaking views in all of Antigua can be found at the Shirley Heights Lookout. To catch a panoramic look at the English & Falmouth Harbor, you'll need to make an uphill trek, passing former military fortifications along the way. Once you get to the top, though, it will be clear that your journey was well worth it. There you'll find the ever-popular Shirley Heights Lookout Bar & Restaurant. Set in a stone house that once provided lodging for sailors, this venue now serves up delicious island-inspired fare & endless entertainment for residents & visitors alike. It goes without saying that on your next luxury vacation to Antigua, you'll definitely want to put this place on your evening itinerary. Whether you're hoping to mix & mingle with the locals or bond with friends, this is the place to get a memorable taste of Caribbean nightlife.
Here's what you need to know about the island's biggest & best party:
The basics The Shirley Heights Lookout is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily – except Monday, when it closes at sunset. However, Sunday is definitely the night to make a stop. For the past 28 years, the establishment has been throwing an energetic outdoor bash at the end of the week that includes live music, delectable dishes & of course, stunning sunset views. However, this party tends to get crowded, so you might want to get there early to reserve a spot.
Admission to the restaurant & bar is included in the price you pay to get into Nelson's Dockyard. According to U.S. News & World Report, admission to the party is about $8 – a reasonable fee for the level of fun you're going to have.
The schedule Once the sun goes down, the real excitement begins. Starting around 4 p.m., you can listen to the local steel band play.
Then, around 7 p.m., the soundtrack gets even more lively with reggae & calypso music. By this point, you'll likely be getting hungry, & there's plenty of barbecue dishes to choose from from right off the grill.
Menu items are all mouth-watering yet made from simple ingredients. You can sample a variety of different selections with tapas, or savor authentic specialties, like Creole-style fish or grilled lobster with garlic butter. If you're feeling adventurous, you can try the curried goat or goat stew, & if you don't have a big appetite, the ultra flavorful pumpkin soup will fit the bill.
You also have the choice of enjoying your meal on the terrace or inside the 18th century building – either way, you can't go wrong.