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Nelson’s Dockyard is Caribbean’s #1 Tourism Attraction

Nelson’s Dockyard is excited and pleased to be named USA Today’s Number 1 Caribbean Attraction in their 2019 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards. “We love that the hard work and dedication of our National Parks team at the Nelson’s Dockyard has been so appreciated by our guests that they have voted us the Caribbean’s Number One attraction,” says Parks Commissioner, Mrs. Ann-Marie Martin. Each National Parks team member takes the win personally, a point of pride for their all-in commitment.

Nelson’s Dockyard topped the USA Today poll, beating out other major Caribbean attractions such as the Bob Marley Museum in Jamaica (#2) and Rainforest Adventures, Sint Maarten (#3). This latest accolade is one of a number of awards and recognitions that Nelson’s Dockyard and National Parks have garnered over the years. In 2016 they were named a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique place in the world, as the only continuously working Georgian dockyard. Why was Nelson’s Dockyard voted #1? “The Dockyard is a place where people instantly relax in the charming historical ambience with its picture-perfect views and lovely breezes, and all our team members ensure that they feel warmly welcomed.” “We hear this repeatedly from guests to the Dockyard,” says Mrs. Martin, “We truly appreciate all of our visitors to the Park and thank those who voted us into USA Today’s 10Best number one spot.”

What our guests are saying:

“A must see when visiting Antigua! We went there every year for the past sixteen years! Anne

“Breathtaking!” Jean

“Lived in Antigua in the 70s when Copper and Lumber store were being renovated. Absolutely amazed at the work done over the decades. Brilliant.” Terrence

“Most beautiful place I’ve ever been!” Shelly

Mrs. Martin also thanks all those who donate to the work of the National Parks and points out that restoration, conservation and maintenance come at a high price. “It is only through prudent stewardship that we are able to keep costs down and ensure that we have the funds needed for the ongoing restoration and maintenance of the monuments of Nelson’s Dockyard and other areas of the National Park. We truly appreciate all those who help us make it possible” As she looks to the near future, Mrs. Martin anticipates a successful commercial launch of Clarence House, the Park’s most recently restored monument. This great house was once the Dockyard Commissioner’s residence as well as the country home of former governors and governors general to Antigua. It is now an elegant museum which will be opened up to the public with guided tours by the start of the 2019/2020 tourist season.