Antigua – White Sand, Hot Sun, Great Time

by brian on May 20, 2009

I was relatively quiet last week because I got out of town for a few days and headed down to Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean for some white sand and hot sun.

This trip served another purpose: To keep a promise to my Dad who always wanted me to see where he and my mother were born and grew up. Imagine that, all this traveling the last few years and never been to my parents’ birthplace. This situation has now been corrected.

There are no direct flights between VC Bird Airport on Antigua and JFK, so I had to stop over in San Juan, Puerto Rico, meet up with my parents there and then we would fly together.

Not sure what is was, but JFK felt even more deserted than usual when I was leaving. Were people that afraid of the flu?

 Antigua   White Sand, Hot Sun, Great Time

San Juan’s airport is in a word: functional. Not many amenities there. I will ask however, “How many Cinnabon locations can you have in one small area?” Officials at San Juan’s airport must be trying to answer this question…

We stayed at a family friend’s hotel: The Paradise View Hotel near St. John’s, the city center of Antigua. The place was fantastic. We stayed in a 2 bedroom, 2 bath suite, with a full kitchen and living room, and satellite TV. If you head to Antigua check out the accommodations there before you book any place else.

Would you believe we got only got the beach once in the 6 days we were there? We went to Long Bay, one of 365 beaches on the island. Yes, 365 beaches, one for every day of the week as the residents and promotional guides will tell you.

Long Bay Beach, Antigua, West Indies
 Antigua   White Sand, Hot Sun, Great Time
But the real point of this trip was to meet up with family and friends, which we did early and often. All of that next time.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

rhonalala May 20, 2009 at 1:03 PM

How wonderful! I went to my parens birth-place when I was 16 and it was really fun. It is a privilage to be able to see where your parents grew up if it is not the same place you were born. Can’t wait to see and read the rest of your vacation.


brian May 22, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Oh yeah it was really interesting. After hearing all the stories about places and people, I finally got to see some of them.


Brook at May 22, 2009 at 5:05 PM

One of my good buds is from Antigua. I have to visit that place. Sounds like you had a great time. I’m planning to visit some of my generational roots, too.


brian May 23, 2009 at 8:12 AM

@Brook at
Antigua is great. It rained hard the last day I was there, but otherwise, fantastic weather.


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