Grow Your Own in Antigua, Galley Bay

By Abi King | The Caribbean

Jul 07

Antigua Landscape ViewBlue and white. Or turquoise, perhaps. Those are the colours most often talked about when it comes to the Caribbean. Turquoise water that’s crystal clear. Blue skies. White sand. Hot, bright, blazing sun.

Yet to my surprise, the colour that washed over me while in Antigua  – was  green.

Child runs through grass in Antigua

Green fields that sighed with the breeze while children ran through them like skaters on ice.

Pineapple field in Antigua

Green pineapple tops with a rusty-pink hue, popping up row after row, and hugging the gentle, rolling horizon.

Green daggers from palms attacking pillars at Nelson’s historic Dockyard.

Green palms in Antigua

And most of all, green in the gardens at Galley Bay.

Grow Your Own in Galley Bay

Holding herbs to the sun in Galley Bay, Antigua

Like many a Caribbean resort, Galley Bay excelled with ocean view rooms, soft sand and sensuous spas. But they also bathed in green.

Green sheltered pathways from the rooms to the pool. Green courted lakeside cycle paths and an outdoor spa on stilts rested amid a jungle of green.

And although it took me a while to notice, the food itself was green.

Green in Antigua

The Galley Bay Garden, Antigua

Grow-your-own has become a popular catchphrase of late but I’ve seen few places take it so far or do it so well as the gardens in Galley Bay.

In a place that could have served as a film set for the Garden of Eden, fragrant lemongrass, dill and parsley sprouted up like the feathers of a bird. Ripening tomatoes bulged and a twist of the fingers brought the fresh scent of coriander into the sticky sun-filled air.

Hands burrowed into a deep brown earth, resurfacing with leafy produce held high as an offering to the sun.

Lemon Grass in Antigua, Galley Bay

As I clicked and snapped on, I could hear my camera talking back to me.

Yes, it said, there’s no doubt about it: the colour of Antigua is green.

Antigau Galley Bay Garden

Buggy in Antigua Galley Bay

Gardening in Antigua Galley Bay

OK, so pineapples aren't green but they are fun to look at!

OK, so pineapples aren’t green but they are fun to look at!

Disclosure: I visited Antigua as a guest of Elite Island Resorts and British Airways. As ever, as always, I kept the right to write about whatever I liked. Otherwise, I’d take a better paid job in marketing and sales ;-)

I did love my time in Galley Bay, though. If you’d like to book a trip there, you can do so here.


About the Author

Hi, I'm Abi, a doctor turned writer who's worked with Lonely Planet, the BBC, UNESCO and more. Let's travel more and think more.

  • Clay says:

    Awesome pictures and post! I’m color-blind and I can see all that green haha.

    • Abi King says:

      Er – I’m not sure whether to joke back or whether that would be insensitive ;-) Thanks for the kind words!

  • Melissa says:

    Beautiful photographs! There is indeed more to the Caribbean landscape than turquoise waters and white sand. As a kid, I hiked around the countryside in the Dominican Republic. The overwhelming color there was green as well.

    • Abi King says:

      It’s such a fascinating place as I’m discovering (the Caribbean that is) – SO much more than just the beaches. I’ve not been to the Dominican Republic – hopefully one day and hopefully hiking.

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