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Discovering the Best of Jolly Harbour

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Our Guide to Jolly Harbour: Top Attractions, Culinary Hotspots, Nightlife, and More. Plus, Tips on Making Connections with the Locals and Finding Fun Recreational Activities

Welcome to Jolly Harbour! If you're planning to move to Jolly Harbour, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Jolly Harbour has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Jolly Harbour.

Jolly Harbour, located on the southwest coast of Antigua, is a popular destination for both tourists and locals. The area is known for its beautiful beaches, including Jolly Beach, one of the most beautiful in Antigua. The white sandy beach is perfect for sunbathing, while the clear turquoise waters are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The Jolly Harbour Marina is another must-visit site. It's one of the best-equipped marinas in the Caribbean, offering a range of services for yachts and their crews. The marina is also home to a variety of shops and restaurants.

For golf enthusiasts, the Jolly Harbour Golf Club offers an 18-hole championship course. The course is beautifully landscaped with tropical trees and plants, and offers stunning views of the surrounding area. History buffs will enjoy a visit to Fort James, a historic fort located just a short drive from Jolly Harbour. The fort offers panoramic views of St. John's Harbour and the Caribbean Sea.

The restaurant and nightlife scene in Jolly Harbour is vibrant and diverse. One of the most popular restaurants is Melini's, an Italian restaurant known for its delicious pasta and seafood dishes. The restaurant offers a romantic setting with stunning views of the marina. Another popular dining spot is Al Porto, which serves up authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxed, waterfront setting. For those craving local Caribbean cuisine, the Crow's Nest offers a variety of local dishes, including fresh seafood and spicy jerk chicken.

When it comes to nightlife, the Underdog is a popular spot. This laid-back bar offers a wide selection of beers and cocktails, and often features live music. For a more upscale experience, the Sugar Club at the Sugar Ridge Resort offers a chic lounge and bar, with a sophisticated cocktail menu and regular DJ nights.

Recreational activities in Jolly Harbour are centered around the area's natural beauty and outdoor attractions. Water sports are particularly popular, with opportunities for sailing, fishing, snorkeling, and diving. The Jolly Dive Center offers PADI-certified scuba diving courses and guided dive trips to some of the best dive sites in the area. For those who prefer to stay on land, the Jolly Harbour Golf Club offers a challenging 18-hole course, while the nearby Darkwood Beach is a popular spot for beach volleyball.

For a unique adventure, Island Safari offers off-road tours of Antigua's rugged countryside, including visits to historic sites and secluded beaches. For a more relaxed experience, the Jolly Harbour Marina offers a variety of boat tours, including sunset cruises and trips to nearby islands. Finally, for those looking to relax and rejuvenate, the Spa at Jolly Beach offers a range of treatments, including massages, facials, and body wraps.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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