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Hibiscus - English Harbour

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  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 2 beds
  4. 1 private bath
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Open, airy, one-bedroom guest house with four-poster King bed with canopy; fully equipped kitchen & living room with swinging sofa. Bathroom with rainwater shower. Located in English Harbor, steps from Nelson's Dockyard. Steps from Pigeon Beach with two beach bars. Ocean view of luxury yacht marina. Gated community. Night life. Housekeeping Services. Friendly atmosphere.

The space
Hibiscus is a private, one bedroom guest house with living room, kitchen and bathroom, located on a hillside overlooking the Antigua Yacht Club Marina and Falmouth Harbour. It is in a trendy neighborhood that is safe and within walking distance to shops, restaurants, bars, grocery shops, bank, Nelson's Dockyard, and of course our favorite....Pigeon Point Beach.

Meandering paths connect seven private guest cottages on the property, known collectively as The Pineapple House. Guests are welcome to join an informal cocktail hour with other guests and friends in the main house each night, or you are welcome to remain in your own house with living room, bedroom and kitchen.

Restaurants in the area offer everything from local to French, English, and Italian fare.... All are within walking distance of the Pineapple House, a gated community with code at the front gate.

Most of all, the view is stunning from the cottage with luxury yachts anchored on the docks below and of all of Falmouth Harbour, Monks Hill, and Sugarloaf Mountain. At different times of the year, the view changes, as Super Yachts are swapped out for racing yachts, depending upon what functions are going on ashore. The Antigua Yacht Club hosts regattas throughout the year and is located literally 3 minutes from our front gate!

The king size bed has a mosquito net, reading light and fan. We catch our rain water from gutters, so please use water sparingly. The houses are open to the air and offer a tropical, Caribbean style setting, where yellow and black birds fly through the house and visit while you are having breakfast....They may hop impatiently while you finish your fruit. We put sugar out to entice them further...and waters baths.

There is free Wifi in the room and all over the hillside and main house. Our friendly staff will clean your room once or twice weekly. We are like family, small and quaint.

Hibiscus is less expensive than Bird House and Cleopatra, because it is smaller and is located under Cleopatra, but it is more expensive than Frangipani and Rum Jungle, because the view is better, and it has a private kitchen with fridge, stove, sink, etc. It does not have as many steps as Bird House, and while it has a great view, the view is not as good as at Cleopatra, which is located above it with hot water shower. Hibiscus has a sun-warmed shower.

Pineapple House is a great place to catch up on reading and writing. People who stay here meet people, both within and without the compound, as Pineapple House caters to the crew off the yachts, who take time off between charters to stay here, and we also receive business from AirBNB. During regattas, sailors off the racing yachts prefer to stay at Pineapple House.

The neighborhood offers a plethora of restaurants, music clubs, grocery stores, and interesting things to do, all within short walking distance. Pigeon Beach is a five minute walk. English Harbour offers a safe, trendy neighborhood, where excellent Italian and French restaurants are within walking distance. Antigua is known for its beautiful, white sandy beaches, stunning scenery, history, sailing, and friendly people.

Where you'll sleep

1 king bed
Living room
1 king bed

What this place offers

Bay view
Beach access
Free parking on premises
Luggage dropoff allowed
Smoking allowed
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

Where you’ll be

English Harbour, Saint Paul, Antigua & Barbuda

English Harbour is the heart of the Caribbean yachting industry. Home to historic Nelson's Dockyard, an 18th century British naval dockyard, it is where Admiral Horatio Nelson refitted his Ships of the Line from 1784 to 1787. Today it is home to enormous Super Yachts, arriving from Europe from December to May. The two marinas where they berth is right under our view!

My Family moved to Antigua in 1949 and established the world's first yacht charter company in Nelson's Dockyard... Our offices are in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Antigua Yacht Club is located across the street from Pineapple.... It hosts racing regattas.... Upstairs there is a really fun sushi bar; downstairs a restaurant, open to the public that hosts great rock bands some evenings. Out on the dock there are more snack bars and an outdoor seating area that caters to all the shops. A book store, grocery store, and chandlery complete the businesses found at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina.

Moving down the road, past various sk rise hotels, Temo Sports is a tennis center with bar and restaurant, famous for its great breakfasts... Next door is Titi's Rent a Car, but it's much less expensive to rent a car in advance online....

Mad Mongoose is next door, a well known bar and restaurant that offers live music and free wireless. It's one of many popular bars in the area where people off the boats gather with friends late into the night.

Along Dockyard Drive is Life Bar and Restaurant, a vegetarian Restaurant... Next door is a clothes boutique and my cousin Nancy Nicholson's pottery shop, Rhythm In Blue.... Nancy is famous for her large, blue, signature dinner platters, and she sells local art and jewelry besides. Treehouse is across the street and offers body massage, pedicures, and facials. There are two scuba diving shops in that area, including Dockyard Divers, run by our good friend Tony Fincham, a one-time Nicholson Yacht Charter captain..... One of Tony's favorite dive sites is the Pillars of Hercules just outside the entrance to English Harbour, famous for visits from large, harmless, Pelagic fish.

Cap Horn is a restaurant next to Rhythm In Blue that serves delicious French cuisine. Grace Before Meals comes next, a local place that serves excellent, low-cost Roti. Further along is Abracadabra, a fun Italian restaurant that is open for dinner, followed by Music and Dancing, that stays open late into the night.... Beyond That Is A Real Estate Shop....

Now you enter Nelson's Dockyard, where The Admirals Inn has a delightful terrace, which we recommend you visit for an al fresco lunch or dinner under the stars.... Outside the Admirals Inn in the parking lot is an ATM machine and bank.

Galley Bar Is hamburgers and bar. Next is Hotspot, run by our friend Gay Nichols, which Is breakfast and lunch - paninis and delicious salads, eggs and bacon....

Upstairs in the Officers Quarters is a place called Headquarters, which has delicious wine.... Beyond that there is The Copper And Lumber Store, which has fish Friday, a popular place, frequented by yachtsmen....

In the Powder Magazine across from the Admirals Inn there's a restaurant called Boom, which is a spa, bar, restaurant and pool. Swim in the pool while you wait for your drink... With walls 15 feet thick with slits for ventilation, the Powder Magazine is where the British stored gun powder during the 18th Century. There are four Powder Magazines in English Harbour, at Boom, Fort Berkley, Block House, and on the road to Shirley Heights.

Further back toward the Antigua Yacht Club there's another place....Italian...excellent for lunch...called Rum Baba.... It's really good. We also forgot Trappas Bar on Dockyard Drive; they have excellent meals, a popular place for dinner....Seared Tuna and the like....frequented by the higher class locals from town....

All these places are within walking distance of Pineapple House, not to mention Pigeon Point Beach in the opposite direction, where there is another French restaurant...very fancy and expensive but WORTH IT!! Very Fancy. There are other places too, not mentioned....

Farther afield, we recommend visits to historic Shirley Heights, Block House, and Clarence House, a long walk or short taxi ride.... The view of the Caribbean Sea and Guadeloupe are not to be missed! Shirley Heights Lookout hosts a popular jump up every Sunday evening, where people gather at 5 pm sharp to watch the sun go down; be warned....the bar serves 150 proof rum!

Jacqui's restaurant on Fig Tree Drive is a great place to watch the sun set over the horizon with sundowners; stop along the way to zipline over the rain forest on Fig Tree Drive; swim gorgeous Darkwood Beach. Wadadli Catamarans in nearby Jolly Harbour offers sailing trips to Cades Reef, Great Bird Island, and a Circumnavigation of the island every day of the week for about $100 a person, including lunch. Book (EMAIL HIDDEN)

Libby's friend Greg operates Barbuda Express (ferry boat), which offers daily boat rides to Barbuda, where lobster picnics can be arranged on the 20 mile long beach, famous for its turquoise water. During mating season in March hire a boat and driver to see the amazing frigate birds!

It's fun to go with a group to let the boys arrange a picnic for you on Bird Island off Antigua's Hodges Bay; they have snorkel gear for you to enjoy the reefs with. Since Antigua has 365 beaches, many of them with hotels, it's fun to hotel hop, if you're renting a car. It's also fun to stop at the roadside bars on Fig Tree Drive, hobnob with the locals, and order beers.

If you enjoy reading, I recommend 'To Shoot Hard Labour', a memoir by Samuel Smith, an Antiguan working man, who lived 100 years during slavery; get to know many of Antigua's British governors; order the book ahead on Amazon. Visit Betty's Hope (a sugar plantation mentioned in the book) and Devil's Bridge on Antigua's sparkling eastern coast; stop for a swim and a snorkel at Half Moon Bay; have lunch at Harmony Hall and shop at their inexpensive boutique.

When you're in St. Johns, a must-visit is the public market; located next to the public bus depot, the public market is a great place to stock up on fresh, local nutmeg, vanilla, spices and herbs, grown locally on the island or imported from Dominica and Grenada, to take back home with you. While you're in St. Johns, we recommend visiting our uncle's archeological museum; he dedicated his life to researching the Carib and Arawak Indians in the West Indies, and there are all manner of sod houses, tools from 400 years ago, and stories of how these native people migrated from South America in dugout canoes.

Of course, a stroll through Nelson's Dockyard is an absolute must, along with a visit to the museum to see model ships of Britain's Ships of the Line and artefacts, such as the planters' china, soldiers' buttons, and uniforms; it was our father who swum up the figurehead of the women's bust from the bottom of English Harbour. in 1949. During the 1960s cannon balls were to be found everywhere on the hillsides surrounding English Harbour; we have a few 25 pounders to show you at Pineapple House. After visiting the museum in Nelson's Dockyard, have lunch under the Casuarina trees and ruins of the Sail Loft (now an aquarium) on the terrace of the Admiral's Inn. Following lunch, a short hike out to Fort Berkley at the entrance to English Harbour is rewarding and not strenuous at all with its powder magazine, gun ramparts, and views of Nelson's Dockyard.

For exercise, swim from Galleon Beach to Freeman's Beach near the entrance to English Harbour. Take the water taxi from Nelson's Dockyard to Galleon Beach after touring English Harbour first. Paparazzi's is a fun new restaurant located at the Antigua Slipway Marina enroute.

One of the most scenic drives in Antigua is the coastal road that wraps around Willoughby Bay on the south side of the island; the best place to start this drive is English Harbour, because the sun shining behind you onto Willoughby Bay shows up the colors of the water best; heading east toward the town of Bethesda, what a photo op!

Closer to home, a 5-minute walk from Pineapple House is Pigeon Beach, where there are two beach bars; order beers in the sand at Bumpkins Beach Bar, but have lunch at Catherine's Cafe; it's a fine, French restaurant, worth every cent. English Harbour buzzes at night with many options for fine French and Italian restaurants, followed by music and dancing late into the night. Rock bands are famous for their lead guitarists and great singers. We also have some reggae.


Barbuda Express
Power out to Barbuda with experienced yachtsman Greg Urlwin to see the island's magnificent white sandy beach (20 miles long) and the Eastern Caribbean's largest frigate bird sanctuary (mating season is in March)
$75 US/adult round trip day tour

Antigua Nature Trip
Experience the magic and beauty of Antigua’s tropical ecosystem and embark on an absolutely fantastic kayak and snorkeling expedition. Speed boats, mangroves, kayaks, coral reefs, tropical fish, uninhabited islands, white sand beaches, rum and fruit punch, banana bread, two and a half hours of smiles and an unforgettable experience.

Wadadli Cats -
Sail Round the Island aboard a party catamaran
$110 US/adult Circumnavigation tour

Dockyard Divers
Scuba dive the PIllars of Hercules at the entrance to English Harbour with experienced yachtsman Tony Fincham
$80 US/adult one tank dive / certified divers

Rum in the Ruins
Rum in the Ruins is a weekly history and archaeology talk about Antigua, English Harbour and the Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated at the Dow’s Hill Fortification and Interpretation Centre above Nelson’s Dockyard, you will experience a historic tour by our Heritage expert, Dr. Christopher K. Waters PhD, like none other in Antigua and Barbuda. Learn the details of the daily life in the 18th century, the history of sugar and rum, and the geopolitical context of how Antigua fit into the wider British Atlantic World while watching the sun melt away. Every week features new topics and new stories as we explore the ruins of the Dow’s Hill fortification and the surrounding landscape. The tour comes with our own twist on the historic Planter’s Punch rum drink. Fridays, 5.00 pm at the Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre $20USD/$50XCD per person inclusive two drinks Reservations Required PLEASE NOTE: due to current restrictions, we can only have 25 people at an event. Please book at Antigua National Park website.

Hike the Trails of Antigua's National Park
Hike the trails of Antigua's South Coast around Nelson's Dockyard, Shirley Heights, and Block House. Maintained by the Antigua Tot Club. Visit Antigua National Park for a description of the different trails.

Tour Clarence House
Walking through Clarence House, you will retrace the footsteps of Royal Navy Officers, Governor Generals, and Royalty as they passed along the galleries, observing Nelson’s Dockyard below. This historic building, newly restored to its former glory, is now the interpretive jewel in the National Parks’ crown, showcasing the lives of 19th and 20th centuries military and civilian elites. Set atop Clarence Hill, the details from the renovations are a master class in heritage preservation, while the antique furniture elides Caribbean gentility. Tours are Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30am or 3pm – $20USD/$50XCD per person, maximum 6 people

7 nights in English Harbour

Apr 13, 2023 - Apr 20, 2023

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Hosted by Libby

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During your stay

I am Libby Nicholson, born and raised in Antigua and owner-operator of Pineapple House since 1999. Color, design, and people are my specialty and my passion. Pineapple House is a friendly atmosphere property, where people arrive as guests and leave as family. The mix of international people on the property makes it personal, as this is a small Guest House.

I have a plethora of island information to share with you. If you find activities or restaurants on the island that I have missed or do not know about, please share your experiences with us, as we are always interested to learn more about our beautiful island! We have the house phone for making reservations, and taxis are a moment away... We recommend that you order any hire cars online before you arrive as it is less expensive, and you are guaranteed the car style of your choice. I and my staff are on the property full time; we are here for you anytime.
I am Libby Nicholson, born and raised in Antigua and owner-operator of Pineapple House since 1999. Color, design, and people are my specialty and my passion. Pineapple House is…

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