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Hanging Out In Jolly Harbour, Antigua

Posted by on December 9, 2017

Hello all.

We hope that everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. We enjoyed a dinner out Caribbean style, (fish for Brian and veggie pasta for me). It was a nice night under the stars. We have been working on Moon and getting ready for Rachel’s arrival. That’s when the fun will begin. We’ve been getting plans in place and then we will finally get to play tourist.

Dinghy dock that we tie up to in Jolly Harbour.

Grand Princess Casino is a derelict casino that sits on the harbour here. It’s quite a shame because it’s such a huge building and you can see where it would have been grand in it’s day. Now it houses a feral cat population. Lots…I mean lots and lot of cats live in and around the grounds of this abandoned casino! I searched on line and found that the building is for sale could not find a price though. Might be a bargain!

We are still anchored in Jolly Harbour. It’s a good spot and close to everything that we need. Groceries, water, lots of restaurants and shops to pick thing up. It’s also close to the local bus stop too so the big town of St. John’s is just a 15 minute ride away for $3 EC that’s about a $1.25 US each way.

Local fishermen pulling in their nets.

Most days we plan a couple of projects. Try to finish up around 4:00 so we can swim before it gets dark (sun goes down at 5:30 and I don’t want to be shark bait in the water around or after sunset!) This is usually when new boats will start to come into the harbor to anchor for the night and it provides us with some entertainment. Especially when the chartered boats try to anchor. Most of them don’t know what they are doing and it can be quite a funny scene to watch.

Weekend sailboat races.

The anchorage can provide all kinds of entertainment. For example it is normal for sailors to be naked on their boat. Most use some modesty but we have a boat that has been anchored next to us for about a week now that we think should be on the show Naked and NOT afraid! They do everything naked in on and around their boat. If only they were a little good looking it might be OK but no such luck!

Brian’s favorite store, we spend hours in here!

Sewing the bimini top to prepare it for our new solar panels.

Shiny new solar panels on top of the bimini.

Here power can be a issue. We have a wind generator and solar panels but when there is no wind our solar panels were never strong enough to give us enough power to last the day. (Our refrigerator uses lots of power…as Brian always reminds me) So as we were shopping in Brian’s favorite store one day (Budget Marine) we saw some solar panels on display…bingo! We have always had our eye out for some and have looked in the magazines but never took the time to order them and low and behold there were two there just waiting on us to purchase them. We now have two 160 watt panels added to our power supply and no more power worries. Actually now even when we charge all of our electronics we have an excess! I think that I am going to get a blender for Christmas……yum…smoothies!

Brian down in the dungeon, see him there on the left side. He’s making final repairs too the stringer and placing in “Jim Beam”.

It may have a mouth-watering name, but don’t eat from the South African sausage tree (the popular name for the Kigelia tree) unless you know what you’re doing! As the common name “sausage tree” implies, the fruit of the sausage tree resembles a huge sausage. It is eaten by several species of mammals, including baboons, bush pigs, elephants, giraffes, hippos, monkeys and porcupines. Lots of health problems are treated with extracts from various parts of the tree including malaria, headaches, syphilis, rheumatism, inflamed spleen, ulcers, and gastro-intestinal issues (just to name a few). The fruit is known to have anti-microbial properties, and is thought to help with skin problems like eczema and psoriasis. It even makes its way into high-end anti-aging and beauty products! But here’s the other thing…you can make beer out of the fruit too! In order to make the fruits safe for beer brewing, they must first be sun-dried, then fermented with sugar cane juice for around 24 hours, then dried again, before finally being added to a large barrel of sugar cane juice, where it ferments again for around four days. Besides being potentially poisonous, there’s another good reason to be cautious of the sausage tree and its famous fruits, their size…The fruits can grow to over three feet in length, weighing up to of 22 pounds! That could be one lethal weapon!


Jolly Harbour is usually pretty tranquil at night but last night there was quite the shindig at one of the grand houses that are along the shoreline here. They had a big set up with a live band, a magician and a big fireworks show that went off at 11pm….which by the way was not a great way to get woken up…took us a minute to realize that we were not in the middle of world war three! I love fireworks though so all was soon forgiven on my part.

Ocean rowing boat in Jolly Harbour. The annual race begins in early December, with up to 30 teams participating from around the world. The challengers row their boats from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua. In the 2015/2016 challenge, history was made with several records being broken, including Antigua’s very own Team Wadadli, being the first Antiguan team to row an ocean, and also officially the oldest team to row any ocean with team member Peter Smith, aged 74, being the oldest person ever to row any ocean. Hopefully we will get to see some of these boats arrive from their adventure in January.

Exciting news here is that Cuban President Raul Castro arrived on Thursday morning in Antigua on an official visit to attend the sixth Cuba-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit. He’s at a resort on the island here with mucho security I am sure. Not someone that we would care to see so I guess that we won’t be the paparazzi that his security has to worry about. Now give me some Brad Pitt on the island and that might be a different story!

We took a day off and walked over to Starfish Jolly Beach Resort to enjoy a brew and the view.

Who knows though maybe we will come across some stars closer to Christmas and New Years. Antigua is a pretty hot spot for celebrities to visit and there are a few that have vacation homes here too. That would be cool to see some famous faces!

OK, now I am getting off topic. Going to go for now and get to work….oh and by the way just because all of the pics that I have show Brian working doesn’t mean that I am not helping out too but someone has to hold the camera!

Take care all.

Jennifer and Brian

SV / Moon

2 Responses to Hanging Out In Jolly Harbour, Antigua

  1. psinned

    The casinos is closely guarded by one real estate company that does not give out information without leaving all your info, The casino itself had a bad reputation with gaming scams and over pricing. It looked great in its day a lot of things to do, 2 golf courses, kid camps, music at night and comped rooms to the suckers. Thanks for giving me a project on this cold and damp Florida night (33 tonight).

  2. Brian Cairns

    Great tour! Thank you Jen!

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