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You'll have to put a little effort into visiting one of the most breathtaking beaches of Antigua, as easternmost Half Moon Bay is far away from just about everything. The trek has its advantages, though, namely fewer beachgoers to distract from the charm of this national park. Windsurfers will appreciate the sizeble waves toward the beach's center, while snorkelers can find calm waters near the edges. For those looking for a place to relax, the soft white sand at Half Moon Bay offers a comfortable viewpoint to enjoy the vast seascape.

One TripAdvisor reviewer said, "We enjoyed this beach for the body surfing and the great rock formations to explore. And it wasn't busy. Thus, private and not having to stake out our territory." But the beach's off-the-beaten-path location means you'll want to visit before sunset. Half Moon is notoriously hard to find and the paved yet windy road has little signage to help you out. Add in the no-see-ums (tiny insects, sometimes called sand flies, that come out to nibble after hours), and Half Moon is definitely a beach to enjoy when the sun is up.

All Antiguan beaches are free to visit, but if you travel by taxi you can expect a hefty fare to Half Moon. Pack a lunch, bring a chair or towel, and plan on spending the whole day in the area, so that you can get the most bang for your buck.

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If you only break from the beach for one day, head to the beautifully restored English Harbour, where you'll find Nelson's Dockyard. The naval dockyard was once the home of the British fleet during the Napoleonic Wars, and served as the headquarters of Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson from 1784 to 1787.

You probably can't hit all the dockyard's attractions in one visit, but you can enjoy a fair few if you plan ahead. The park's official website lists all there is to see and do, including special events, but here's a quick summary: There are plenty of restaurants, cafés and shops; the Dockyard Museum, where Nelson's telescope and tea caddy are on display; and Dow's Hill Interpretation Center, where visitors can watch a 15-minute presentation on the history and culture of the island. Other Dockyard activities include sightseeing along the marina, relaxing at the nearby beach, or taking a trip up to Shirley Heights.

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