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In 1784 the legendary Admiral Horatio Nelson sailed to Antigua and established Great Britains most important Caribbean base. During his stay on the Island, Nelson remained in the far south. His base is now commemorated at Nelsonís Dockyard, found in English Harbour and is one of the premier tourist attractions.



The same unique characteristics, which attracted the Royal Navy to Antigua back in the eighteenth century, are now the contributing factors, which make the Island one of the most desirable destinations in the Caribbean. The Trade Winds which once blew British men-of-war safely into English Harbour, now fuel one of the worlds foremost maritime events, Sailing Week, held annually at the end of April.

The expansive, winding coastline, which made Antigua so unapproachable and difficult to navigate, is today where holidaymakers encounter a tremendous wealth of secluded, powdery soft beaches. Antigua is proud to boast of 365 beaches, one for each day of the year! The coral reefs, once the bane of enemy ships, now provide fascinating underwater scenery and attract snorkellers and scuba-divers from all over the world.


 

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