History, Antigua + Barbuda
Concierge.com's insider take:
To get a feel for the country's history, start at the Antigua and Barbuda Historical Museum (Market and Long streets; 268-462-1469; www.antiguamuseums.org), a former government building from 1750 that overflows with local bric-a-brac donated with pride by people from all over the island. Continue on to Nelson's Dockyard National Park (268-481-5022; www.nationalparksantigua.com), a former British naval base of Georgian stone buildings that house both the charming Admiral's House Museum as well as modern inns, boutiques, and yacht charters. There is a similar mix at Redcliffe Quay, St. John, a former slave-holding facility that has been converted into bars, boutiques, and cafés. On Sundays, join the locals for spirited services at St. John's Cathedral (Newgate and Long streets; 268-462-1469), a historic Anglican church overlooking the city and harbor that was completed in 1847. To get a feel for the former importance of sugar on the island, visit Betty's Hope Sugar Plantation (near Pares; 268-462-1469; www.antiguamuseums.org/bettyshope.htm), where you can see two restored mills built in 1674.