14 Mar 2019
Hidden island paradise
We spent two weeks at Pinkshacktoo in early March. Sonja has created a hidden gem in a quiet town just fifteen minutes drive from St. Johns. The cottage is basic but completely sufficient. We appreciated being able to cook there or to get local takeout (Friday nights from the woman who cooks Fridays and Saturday nights from her sister, who cooks Saturdays). Although we explored quite a few beaches, our daily favorite was Deep Bay, the nearest, just a few minutes drive away. Sonja is an energetic gem. Her initial driving tour acquainted us with the island. Her suggestions for excursions, or just for the best roadside local food helped turn our vacation into a true exploration of Antigua. It is a fascinating island with loads of "all inclusives" and daily cruise ships. Sonja and Pinkshacktoo helped us avoid that aspect of Antigua and led us to a more intimate island experience. Keep in mind that she is located in the countryside in a neighborhood with lots of barking dogs, braying donkeys and roosting roosters. Once we learned to close our windows at night we slept much better. Renting a jeep from Sonja is almost a necessity, as is a brave heart and iron will to drive on Antigua. Well worth it, though.