Granted independence from the UK in 1981, English is spoken everywhere, along with local dialects. The deep harbour at St John’s was home to the British fleet in the past and now welcomes large cruise ships. Ringed with coral reefs and 365 beaches – one for every day of the year – Antigua is a popular holiday destination, served by regular flights from major airlines. Oyster owners will find themselves moored up in the historic Nelson’s Dockyard before the Rally begins. This cultural heritage site is the only working Georgian dockyard in the world today, it was Admiral Horatio Nelson’s base for the British Navy in the 1780s. It marks the start and finish line for the Oyster World Rally and has witnessed some amazing party’s courtesy of the Oyster Events team.