When you're working on a tropical island, where do you go to “get away from it all?” Maybe another tropical island? Because Liat had a sale for super-cheap flights this weekend, I booked a trip to Antigua.
I actually started my vacation weekend a bit early. Although my flight wasn't until 9:30, I was packed and left home much before that. I went out to eat at Taste Kittitian-finally. This place looks so interesting from the outside, but every time I pass it, it's closed. Honestly, I wasn't missing much. The rice was a little dry and undercooked and the veggies were a bit greasy, but at least combined they kind of averaged out. The flavors were good though.
I got to the airport earlier than normal, which meant that I had a looong wait (ok because I was reading, and I might as well read at the airport so I don't have to interrupt myself to go to the airport). I've heard that “Liat” stands for “Late If AT all,” and it was true. Without any announcements about a delay, we boarded after the scheduled departure time. The plane was empty- I think there were 6 people on it- so we all got our own space. In addition, the plane was pretty old- I don't think the seats were rearranged since before companies started getting rid of leg room- so I had a very comfortable flight wit hall the room I could possibly want. Too bad the flight was so short. Despite having taken off so late, we landed only a few minutes later than scheduled. We got through immigrations and customs relatively quickly as the line was short, and I went to go pick up my rental car. I had done the math- 4 taxi rides was about the same cost as a rental car. Add 2 more, and you've got the license fee and gas covered. So basically, if you plan on exploring at all, it makes financial sense to get a car, which also gives you freedom. If you don't plan on seeing any of Antigua but your hotel, then I'd skip the car. If that's the case, why bother going to Antigua in the first place? From the airport, I found the vacation home I had rented pretty easily. Between the directions they gave, the map Hertz gave me, and the signs on the roads, I made it all the way to the last turn fine. I couldn't see the pond the directions referred to in the dark, but with a quick call, I was there.
The house itself is nice and clean. I was didn't want to pay the exorbitant hotel prices I saw online, so I checked out homeaway.com and found this inexpensive vacation rental for less than a hotel price, even though it would fit more people. While I didn't expect to use any of it, the kitchen had a stove, oven, microwave, tea kettle, toaster, and mini fridge. The place was outfitted nicely with pleasant furniture, a collection of books to read it you got bored, and (most importantly) nice toilet paper. Overall, it was a nice place and I'd recommend it. For Friday night, all I really used the house for was sleeping though.