Sunset Party at Shirley Heights

September 30, 2018

If you’re heading to Antigua, a visit to the Shirley Heights Sunday BBQ party is an absolute must! This was the highlight of my trip to Antigua and I can guarantee that if you go, you won’t be disappointed.

Every Sunday evening the legendary reggae party kicks off at sunset with a live steel band and plenty of rum punch. The party continues all night long with live singers and performers. The atmosphere is incredible and there’s always a huge crowd including locals and tourists. It’s undoubtedly the place to be.

If you’re wondering if the party is happening you can ask a local and they will reply: “Yes, like Church!” The Sunday night party has been running for over 30 years and is now considered a true Anitguan institution.

The Shirley Heights Sunday evening party encapsulates the vibe and energy of Antigua perfectly; everyone is having fun and dancing to the calypso beat with lots and lots of rum! Shirley Heights is the perfect place to experience the island like a local.

What is Shirley Heights:

Shirley Heights is one of Antigua’s most popular historical landmarks, offering exceptional views over the island and a rich history dating back over 200 years ago. Shirley Heights is a restored military lookout and gun battery, a prominent part of Antigua’s history. The historic buildings found at the lookout have been adapted to function as an entertainment venue, including a restaurant and bar.

The highest point at Shirley Heights is about 490 ft. which offers sweeping views over the English and Falmouth Harbours. Most would describe the view of the sunset from the Shirley Heights lookout as the best on the entire island, particularly when it gets darker and the harbour lights up before your eyes.

How to get there:

We stayed at the Sandals Grande Antigua resort and the concierge team were running a group trip to Shirley Heights. However, we wanted to go and come back at our own times, so we arranged our own return taxi. We virtually had to travel from one side of the island to the other. The drive took us around 45 minutes each way, allowing us to see the authentic island life as we drove through the local communities.

As we got closer to Shirley Heights we saw some people hiking their way to the lookout. This didn’t look easy, especially due to the humidity and steepness of the hike. If fitness isn’t your thing, I would definitely recommend getting a taxi to the top of the hill.


What to bring with you:


The entire evening was so much fun! We watched the sun set majestically over the harbour from the best spot on the entire island, danced all night long to the reggae beats and drank copious amounts of rum punch. If you’re visiting Antigua, I would strongly recommend putting Shirley Heights on your list of things to do whilst you’re there.

Check out my review of our stay at Sandals Grande Antigua here.

Thanks for reading!

The Blonde Sunchaser x

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