Canouan > St. Lucia > Antigua: travel day.
Antigua Travel Blog› entry 13 of 15 › view all entries
February 16th, 2007 – by: cmgervais
We had to lay over in St. Lucia on our way to Antigua. We tried every which way to avoid the 6-hour stay, to no avail.
We took a cab into Castries town and stopped to browse at the duty-free mall, which was quiet (that would end soon). We then had a delicious 9:30am "lunch" at some touristy pirate restaurant (salad, potato skins), then back down for shopping - oops, by this time the mall was completely overrun by cruise shippers. I managed to buy a watch in the melée, but we soon got sick of the crowds and hawkers, so we found a spot to sit away from it all, and watched the show from afar.
Back to the airport at noon to "officially" check in our luggage. Then to Vigie Beach (conveniently right across the street from the airport) where we were sandblasted by the wind until it was time to leave at 1:30.
Our flight to Antigua was fairly quick, but we arrived with a zillion other people from huge Virgin and British Air flights - it was a total mad house! There was a crush of people trying to get to immigration -- luckily we were rescued from this due to our "domestic" armband. Whew! We found our driver and jumped in a van bound for Rex Hawksbill Resort.
A nice glass of champagne was waiting for us at Hawksbill, but this place pales in comparison to our last two resorts. It's dated and seemed none too clean here. We tried to have "tea" at 5:30 but we were late and there were only scraps left, so we drank instead.
We got to dinner at precisely 7:00 so as to beat everyone to the sad little buffet, and pretty much succeeded. I had a nice salad, and Steve liked the fresh snapper. OK, it wasn't completely awful. But it was pretty bad. I hate lining up for food.
Here's a tip: beware the rum - it's stronger than usual! Steve really liked to local brand and accidently got hammered from too many glasses...
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