Situated on the most southern tip of Antigua is a restored military lookout offering the most amazing views of Falmouth and English Harbour. Every Sunday evening from 4pm-10pm there is a party which costs US$8 to enter. There is a more low key venue on a Thursday evening too. If you have purchased a ticket to Nelson’s Dockyard then entrance to Shirley Heights is included.
If you would like to order food from the barbecue, order and pay for it at the bar first. Prices include a serving of potato salad and green salad. Dishes include…
Main Courses between US$8-34.50
- Steak and lobster
- Combo plate of fish, chicken and ribs
- Jerked pork
- Veggie Burger
Sides and Desserts cost US$7-8
- Corn on the cob
- Pecan pie
The music starts at 4pm. The atmosphere at Shirley Heights is incredible. The area is filled with smells from the barbecue, people listening and dancing to the steel bands. Vendors sell a range of souvenirs, some are seated with tables for you to browse, others will be shaking rattles encouraging you to purchase from them.
A very talented man makes various items from bamboo for you to buy. Unless you are lucky enough to be given one for free….or two…
The Steel Band
From 4pm the super talented steel band plays. They really are amazing to watch.
The Views and Sunsets
The views and sunsets from Shirley Heights lookout are breathtaking. These two photos were taken on the same evening…
As night falls, the steel band leave and the reggae band arrives. Dancing and partying goes on until around 10pm.
Suggested Further Reading:
Things to do in Antigua – recommended solo activities
Hotels in Antigua – full reviews of Hotels I have stayed in as a solo traveller
Bed and Breakfast – recommended bed and breakfast accommodation