One of the very first things I was told as soon as I arrived on the Thomas Cook Airlines flight into Antigua was to visit Shirley Heights. I didn’t know much about it but Lloyd who had been before assured me that that there were two main reasons I had to visit Shirley Heights. 1.) It has one of the best views in Antigua and 2.) Every Sunday, there’s a party where locals and visitors come to eat, drink and generally be merry! There’s live music too!

Earlier in the day, I got to appreciate point 1, the view (…and as I type this now, I realise I haven’t put the photos up yet of that) though I did put a little preview on instagram (see below):

Later on (that same evening as that instagram photo above was taken), I was convinced to get myself the full Shirley Heights experience so I headed up with my dancing shoes, a thirst for rum punch and quite a bit of an appetite!

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I made my way through indoor bar area (there’s an outdoor bar too) and headed straight for a sight I knew I’d wanted to see from up here – the sunset!

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The band was already in full force by the time we arrived…

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… and the crowd was already pouring in.

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FYI, that sunset did not disappoint! Just look at that orange Caribbean sky…

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It’s one of those times of the day where the sky just keeps changing minute after minute and when you think you’ve got the ‘perfect’ sunset photo, the skies change again and dazzle you with a different burst of light.

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If you look far enough in the distance, you can see the volcanic island of Montserrat.

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I was definitely in good company as everyone else seemed keen to see the sunset before heading on down to party.

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Once the sun set, it was time to make our way toward the bar and barbecue area. 🙂 Except juggling all that delicious goodness means you need to find a nice little patch of your own to take it all in.

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It takes very little time to go for sunset to pitch dark at this time of the year in Antigua…

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Food down, I joined the party which by now was in full-swing! The rest of the night was spent in a rum-punch induced haze mixed with a healthy top up of barbecue jerk chicken!

I blame the rum punch for the following blurry photos. 🙂 Hehe!

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The party carried on till later that night and one thing was definitely certain, a trip to Shirley Heights, is definitely a different and entertaining evening to be had in Antigua!



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  • wow what a gorgeous place! Looks like lots of fun

    http://www.littleblackshell.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Shirley Heights is amazing Karen. Such a great vibe – I didn’t want to leave! 🙂

      Yaya x

  • What a beautiful sunset! You guys always seem to have the most fun!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Awwwww – thanks Angie. 🙂

  • Tony.

    I visited Antigua while on a cruise many years ago and always vowed to go back one day.
    Always remember Shirley Heights as there was a racehorse with that name at the time which won the Derby.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      I had no idea about the racehorse, wow! Did you enjoy Antigua, it would be so interesting to hear if you think it’s changed at all.

      Yaya 🙂

  • Shing

    Awesome photos of Antigua Yaya! Absolutely loved doing the challenge with you guys – hilarious stuff!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Awwwwwww -thanks Shing! We had a blast (kind of together) didn’t we! It was so much fun! We HAVE to meet when you’re in London next! 🙂

      Ps – can’t remember who won at all… somehow blocked it from my memory!!! 😉

      Lloyd xx

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  • Sophie

    Holy moly, those photos are awesome!! That’s a goddamn good sunset ❤️
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    • HandLuggageOnly

      Oh it was Sophie. I don’t even think the camera did it justice! 🙂

      xx

  • Whoa! That sunset <3 Absolutely stunning! Looks like an amazing party and I can always count on your blog for some amazing photos and travel destination inspiration! 🙂

    Gemma x
    http://www.thebritishfeather.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah! Thanks so much for your lovely comment Gemma – it means the world to us! 🙂

      It really was such an EPIC party… the sunset, a little rum, Caribbean views and lots of dancing made this one of the best nights ever.

      xx

      • Wow! I’m hoping for a party like that at some point in the next few years, sounds rather magical…and very very fun! xx

        • HandLuggageOnly

          Well, if you’re organising Gemma, count us in! 🙂

          (as you can see we are inviting ourselves, hahaha!)

          xx