Shirley Heights Lookout

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.

The Barbecue

Shirley Heights - the barbecue area

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
  • Hotdog
  • Veggie Burger

Sides and Desserts cost US$7-8

  • Corn on the cob
  • Cheesecake
  • 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.

Atmosphere at Shirley Heights
Great atmosphere at Shirley Heights

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…

Items made from bamboo

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…

Sunset and views

sunset and views

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

FAQ about Antigua

Solo Travel Tips

Hotels in Antigua – full reviews of Hotels I have stayed in as a solo traveller

Bed and Breakfast – recommended bed and breakfast accommodation