Sting Rays & Sun Rays: Antigua

Sting Rays & Sun Rays: Antigua

Antigua was the first stop on our 10 day cruise through the Eastern Caribbean and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. With pristine beaches and palm trees for days, Antigua can satisfy any girl’s inner mermaid needs (except the need of finding Prince Eric waiting for us by the shore—but a girl can dream).

Craving a new experience that would be thrilling and memorable yet, non-life threatening, my ex boyfriend, Casey, and I decided to go to Stingray City. Stingray City is an excursion that allows you to have a first-hand experience feeding and swimming with stingrays… in their natural habitat! Now I know what you all may be thinking, because trust me I was thinking it too. Am I really about to get in the water with creatures that can possibly kill me!? The answer unfortunately is yes, I am. I have only heard of one incident where a stingray has killed a person, so I realized that my chances of dying were pretty slim. I do have the worst luck though, so who knows. Optimism would have to be my best friend that day.

 

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I can describe my experience in two words: slimy (of course) and exciting! The staff took a handful of us on an 8 minute boat ride out to sea. They docked us in the middle of a sand bar that laid a few miles off the coast. Aquamarine and clear ocean water engulfed us while we began wading in the waist deep water filled with stingrays, fish, and coral reefs. (Where’s a pina colada when you need it!) Beyond stunning, it was hard to believe this place was actually real!

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We were in the water for a total of 1 hour and during that time we each got the chance to lay a stingray in our arms directed by the staff. Although this was an awesome photo-op moment, the entire time my inner girly self was thinking… “Get this thing off me”, “What if it bites me”, and “Casey I’m going to kill you if this stingray bites me”. Luckily, I was able to get a pretty decent pic out of this and still leave with all 10 fingers.

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When our time was up, we ventured back to the dock where we were greeted with some refreshments… and I don’t mean water and lemonade. I’m talking about their local drink called Rum Punch. There’s not just 1 type of rum in this drink, but 2! (To all my fellow lightweights, we should probably stick to our cranberry vodkas). We know one thing for sure, these Caribbean locals aren’t stingy with their alcohol.

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Once back into town, the warm weather (and my lack of color) had definitely swayed our decision to hit the beach. After a few conversations with some locals we were encouraged to go to Dickinson Bay. A 10 minute drive from the port, Dickinson Bay is located on the Northwestern coast of Antigua. Even though it may not be the most secluded, it certainly did not lack in beauty, fun, and good food! Once we jumped out of the taxi we strolled down a narrow passage that opened up to the most beautiful beach I have ever seen! The ocean was bright turquoise and green palm trees lined the white sand beaches.

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Honestly, who needs to see the rest of the Caribbean when you already found paradise! The water’s serenity was breathtaking; I couldn’t wait to jump in!

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Not only did we bask in Antigua’s beauty, but Casey and I definitely indulged in the beach bar’s local beers and flavorful jerk chicken burgers!

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A beer in one hand and a burger in the other, life really doesn’t get much better.

xx Shay

 

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