Men Men Men....Antiguan Men: A Hidden Paradise
I would love to tell you guys that I learned something new and exciting in Antigua, but nope. I spent all my time watching MEN!!!
Oooooh men. Antiguan men. Where have you been hiding? In Toronto, we have men from every island, but I swear I've never met one from Antigua. I feel like I've been deprived. I'm mad at all my friends from Antigua who decided to hide the fact that Antigua is full of beautiful men. So let me start from the beginning....
As some of you might remember, I had plans to go to Antigua back in September, however my plans got cancelled due to a tragic hurricane that hit Antigua and Barbuda. So this was my make up trip. I really didn't plan on going. I was at work on a Wednesday. It was cold and snowing. I decided that I needed to do what was best for my mental health, so I booked a flight for that Saturday! You know, it was for my mental health!
On my way to Antigua, maybe about 30 minutes into the flight, there was an announcement made that someone was having a medical emergency on the flight. This has always frightened me. Because I travel solo, I've always wondered if anyone would notice or care if I was having a medical emergency. Is that morbid? But the thought does cross my mind. Even though the person with the medical emergency was at the back of the plane, I happened to be sitting next to a couple of his friends at the front of the plane. They were monitoring him throughout the flight, and towards the end of the flight, they made an announcement that when we land , if everyone could remain seated as paramedics will be boarding the plane to take Mr. Medical Emergency off the flight first. So like any concerned citizen, I immediately took out my make up bag and started to apply lip gloss!!!! Guys I'm single, and those paramedics could be hot!!!! Ha! Oh save your judgmental looks for someone who cares!!! I need to find my future husband! Do you know what Medical Emergency did? Once the plane landed, he walked to the front and met the paramedics outside of the plane! Can u believe the selfishness??? The least you can do after scaring us all on the plane, is let us see some men in uniforms. But alas, it wasn't meant to be.
The only place that I had in mind that I had to visit in Antigua was Shirley Heights. Apparently that is the place to be on Sunday evenings. I heard that the view is just stunning, as you watch the sunset. Since Shirley Heights was about 45 minutes away from my hotel, I bought a tour with Sunwing that would take me there.
I was placed into a minivan with about 9 other people. So of course, we did the introductions. They asked if I was on Saturdays flight to Antigua, and I said that I was. Then they asked, was there a medical emergency on your flight? And I said yes. Then they all started to point to a gentleman on my bus... It was Medical Emergency Dave!!!!!! (what a small world!) Thank God he was okay.
Shirley Heights is a Sunday afternoon lime. You pay $10 U.S. to get in and you get to spend the afternoon, into the night listening to steel pan and reggae bands. You can purchase drinks and food, and the star attraction is the sunset that overlooks Falmouth. Ohhhhh the view. Gorgeous! Technically we weren't allowed to pass the stairs and stand on the rocks to get bomb pictures of the view (if you don't have pics for the gram, did it really happen?) They even had a police officer there to make sure that no one crossed the wall. Buttttt being the bad ass that I am, I waited until he went to stroll around the grounds to get my shots. Yes folks, I am that bad ass! If you're clumsy I don't suggest trying it, because there are no borders to break your fall.
The food was insane. You had your options of jerk chicken, BBQ chicken, lobster and more. Let me explain something for those people who are not Caribbean. When you see people cooking in a drum, you know the food is going to be fire. These are facts. FACTS!!! Man I wanted to bathe in their bbq sauce that they put on my chicken.
When I travel, I also like to spend a day sightseeing, so I at least have something to blog about, rather than me posting pics of me drinking pina coladas. I decided I'd take a boat ride and visit Green Island and perhaps do some snorkeling. I arrived at the harbour and was greeted by about 8 beautiful chocolate drop men, who were running the boat ride. Lord, why doth thou temptest me so?? It's times like this that I wish that I travelled with someone that I could nudge, and be like 'did you see him?' But sorry ladies, I was forced to endure a full day with all the hotties on my own. Geez, the sacrifices that I make for you guys. I hope you appreciate me! The boat ride started out relaxing enough. Nice scenic views of Antigua. We then had to pass over the Atlantic in order to get to Green Island. Sweet Jesus! I've never been able to stay awake to finish watching the Titanic, but since I know the ending, I swear that was gonna be my fate on that boat.
Firstly it started to rain. It didn't rain at all since I arrived in Antigua except for the day that I decided to go on a boat. Go figure! So that made the water choppy. Then, crossing over the Atlantic, I thought the boat was gonna capsize. I was holding onto the railings for dear life. Thankfully, my knight in shining armour Biggs, was able to calm my nerves down.
By the time we made it to Green Island my nerves were shot and I opted out of snorkeling and opted in to drinking rum punches. Side note: Antiguans hands are very heavy when it comes to pouring drinks. It didn't take long for those rum punches to start talking to me. Quite frankly, I think after awhile I started to talk back to them!
This trip was totally about relaxation for me. Something about Antigua just connected with me. It felt like home. Between the food, the people, the beauty, I was just reminded of my Jamaican heritage. Antigua was a calmer more laid back version. It was like a hidden gem. A little taste of paradise that I'm grateful that I got to experience.
Things You Should Know:
Antigua has a nude beach. Relax, I didn't go. But I'm saying I might have to add that to my bucket list. Like imagine what the life guards look like!
For my plus size, fluffy, fat boo's, Antiguan men love their women fluffy. They looovvvveee it. Please book your vacations to Antigua immediately. Now I'm not sure how many of these men are single, but I'm saying a girl has to go there and do her own research. Anyways, look for me on the new season of 90 Day Fiancé. I haven't narrowed down the lucky bachelor as yet, but I'm putting it out there to the universe!
To help with my relaxation, Antigua offers aloe massages on the beach. You have to pay for these massages, but your girl is a World Boss...and cute! My masseuse was oh so happy to offer me his services!
Antigua prides themselves on having 365 beaches. 1 beach for every day of the year. Quite frankly, I'm willing to donate a year to see if that's actually true.