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Old 19-06-2014, 08:01   #1
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Antigua/Barbuda favorite anchoring spots. ?

Hi everyone .

Im still a couple of years away from breaking free and heading south. I thought I would ask all you who have spent time In Antigua what your favourite spots are for anchoring and enjoying the scenery as this will be one of the come back to places, when I get my "get out of dodge" pass.

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Green Island and now Deep Bay are my two favorites.
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Old 19-06-2014, 20:51   #3
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Re: Antigua/Barbuda favorite anchoring spots. ?

We anchored in Falmouth Harbour off Pigeon Beach and in Deep Bay then headed to Jolly Harbour this past January. We were at the Jolly marina but anchoring at the entrance looks like it would be nice. All locations were great for different reasons.

There are a lot of gunkholing spots all around the island that look like they would be great to test out another time. Especially Nonsuch Bay.
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Nonsuch Bay / Green Island , all that area looks amazing on google earth ! Lots of places in there to explore . Does Deep bay get a little rolly?

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Nonsuch Bay / Green Island , all that area looks amazing on google earth ! Lots of places in there to explore . Does Deep bay get a little rolly?

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Deep Bay is sheltered except from the west and you can head well in to shore. So likely not that rolly. We were on a cat so can't say for sure.
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Re: Antigua/Barbuda favorite anchoring spots. ?

After spending time in Falmouth, English Harbour and Jolly Harbour, we enjoyed the isolation of the anchorage at Great Bird Island, in the NE section of Antigua. That's our boat anchored there.




I dinghied around and did some enjoyable snorkeling on the Caribbean side of the island, and came across this natural "bridge" called "Hell's Gate".




In Barbuda, there's a nice anchorage at Spanish Point. We saw turtles and dolphins there as we drank our morning coffee. The snorkeling is good around the coral heads that dot the anchorage. On the west side of the island, you can anchor off Eleven Mile Beach in the most intense turquoise water you'll ever see.
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After spending time in Falmouth, English Harbour and Jolly Harbour, we enjoyed the isolation of the anchorage at Great Bird Island, in the NE section of Antigua. That's our boat anchored there.




I dinghied around and did some enjoyable snorkeling on the Caribbean side of the island, and came across this natural "bridge" called "Hell's Gate".




In Barbuda, there's a nice anchorage at Spanish Point. We saw turtles and dolphins there as we drank our morning coffee. The snorkeling is good around the coral heads that dot the anchorage. On the west side of the island, you can anchor off Eleven Mile Beach in the most intense turquoise water you'll ever see.
Great pics, amazing !! Still lots of secret places left I see .

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We anchored at Deepwater, Jolly, and English. Deepwater is a dump. Don't go there. Not pretty. Just a place to bring in the cruise ships. Jolly was 100% beautiful. Gorgeous anchorage, and some beautiful beaches just outside of the harbor. English habor doesn't have any beaches, but has a lot of charm, as what remains of an British settlement. Some good snorkeling spots at the mouth.

We didn't have good anchor holding at Deepwater, either. Good holding at the other places.
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I agree , from google maps "Deepwater Harbour" does look very industrial , not a place to enjoy a view ...... Pass

The others sound great , will visit .

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We spent one month in Antigua & Barbuda in March 2014. See our blog for charts, anchorages and secret spots. It is also an opportunity to learn French
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Deep Bay is sheltered except from the west and you can head well in to shore. So likely not that rolly. We were on a cat so can't say for sure.
I confirm. We were there twice in March 2014. 1st time was ok, 2nd time was too rolly and went further South to Five Island Harbour. Besides, there are tons of boats moored there and there is nothing interresting in Deep Bay once you climbed to the Fort to take a picture or 2.
Check here Un voyage en famille: Antigua for charts and photos
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I confirm. We were there twice in March 2014. 1st time was ok, 2nd time was too rolly and went further South to Five Island Harbour. Besides, there are tons of boats moored there and there is nothing interresting in Deep Bay once you climbed to the Fort to take a picture or 2.
Check here Un voyage en famille: Antigua for charts and photos

Great Blog, wish my French was a bit better .

Love your photos , Green Island , seems to be a favourite for a lot of folks. Can't wait to get lost there.

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We ranked Green Island 10 of our ... Top10 for year 1. But Barbuda is #3:
Un voyage en famille: Top 10 des mouillages de notre première année
Green Island (and Nonsuch Bay) is nice but pretty crowded. We prefer more private anchorages.
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