5 Best Spots to Propose in Antigua
by Lorraine Headley-Raeburn, on Jul 25, 2022 12:21:40 PM
You’ve decided…you want to share the rest of your lives together! Choosing Keyonna Beach for your all-inclusive romantic getaway in Antigua is an ideal way to forge an even stronger bond as you take an official step in your lifetime journey. Why not pop that question while you are here in a very special way? No doubt, Keyonna Beach is a perfect place to propose…either in the private gardens of your Beachfront Sanctuary Pool Cottage or at a private romantic dinner under the stars. You could even take a sunrise walk to the end of Turners secluded beach where steps in the Cliffside provide the perfect setting against the majestic backdrop of the neighbouring island of Montserrat. So many places to hide that photographer if you want to capture the memory forever as part of your love story that you can share with your family, friends and children that just may be in the future!
As perfect a setting Keyonna Beach is… you can also explore further afield in Antigua for inspiration and really catch her (or him) by surprise. Here are our top picks:
1. Shirley Heights
A popular spot in Antigua, most well-known for it’s over thirty year strong Sunday Barbeque Party and as the best vantage point to view the start of the Sailing Week Races along with a traditional local breakfast. A restored military lookout and gun battery rising to a magnificent 490ft, both of the peaks, one housing the renovated restaurant and the other further up the hill against the fort ruins, have the most stunning views of English and Falmouth harbours. Any time other than Sunday afternoon, is peaceful, quiet and the perfect place to pop the question.
2. Mermaid Pool
A stone’s throw from Shirley Heights yet spectacularly hidden, this gem is unknown to many locals and for those who do know, may not have visited. The journey involves a hike from Galleon Beach, best travailed with a guide, through luscious gardens full of fruit trees, then up a rugged trail before descending through a rock formation to a natural crystal clear pool formation. Like an oasis, the mesmerizing waters emerge providing a unique spot for a magical out of this world proposal.
3. Sheer Rocks Restaurant
A tad less strenuous, and hugely more luxurious, Sheer Rocks is an award winning restaurant - voted the most romantic restaurant in Antigua- perched atop a rocky cliff, less than five minutes’ drive from Keyonna Beach along the same west coast of the island. Best enjoyed for sunset dining, make your way through the bougainvillea- draped walkways, twinkling lights, billowing white curtains and lush greenery to your cliff-front plunge pool and linen draped day bed where that proposal will be an experience of a lifetime.
4. Half Moon Bay
Known as one of the most breathtaking beaches in Antigua, with crystal clear waters and a crescent shaped bay. It takes its name as it is shaped literally like a half moon, with 3,200 feet of white coral sand making it a sight to behold. Off the beaten track neighbouring a world-renowned National Park on the far East coast, the beach is full of personality with crashing waves great for windsurfers in the centre, while those preferring a calmer dip can stay on the edges of the bay. There is no more dramatic a setting on the island, and post proposal stay awhile and celebrate at the Beach Bum Grill and Bar. Set on the water’s edge, this eatery is another island secret yet often frequented by the rich and famous from the neighbouring private members only Mill Reef Club, offering sumptuous garlic lobster, Mahi Mahi and sweet potato fries in island style.
5. Offshore island private charter
We could just be saving the best for last, with a private luxury charter on the 37 foot “Seclusion” offered by Adventure Antigua for full day, half day or sunset cruises. Get off the beaten track with dozens of deserted offshore islands to choose, from Great Bird Island to Hell’s Gate Island. Design the day of your dreams and experience the type of luxury you can never forget.