Attractions in Jolly Harbour

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An areal view of Jolly Harbour shows a marina as the center of all activity in the area.  Sailing is a huge part of life here, but when captains and their companions dock they will also find plenty of attractions to keep their days and nights busy.  Within the immediate area there are some of the island's most beautiful beaches, several green parks, and guided tours.  There are also casinos available for a little gaming entertainment.


Jolly Beach

You will find an abundance of beaches to choose from in and around the area. Just click on the name of the beach for a detailed article concerning that beach.

Jolly Beach: A mile long and curved out towards the ocean, Jolly Beach has velvet white sand and calm waters. There are dozens of nearby attractions.

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Another option for beach-goers to consider is Valley Church Beach. Dotted with palm trees, this long white sand beach is eight miles from St. Johns. It's a quiet beach nestled between more popular shoreline spots.

Cove Bay Beach: Backed by a line of trees, Cove Bay Beach is secluded from the road and from all save the people on the beach.

These examples are merely a few of the available options. You can read this extended discussion if you want to find additional facts.

Landmark Attractions

Fort James

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Greencastle Hill Park. It is situated 2.5 mi. East of central Jolly Harbour. One of the highest hills in Antigua, Greencastle Hill has been a popular place for hikers, tourist, and locals for most of recorded history. With beautiful views of the surrounding area, it is not uncommon to find people here simply enjoying the scenery.

Many travelers also choose to visit Fort Barrington. It is located within Five Islands, 4.3 mi. North of central Jolly Harbour. Built in 1796, the British hoped that this fort would help protect the island from the French and other enemies, which it successfully did. Visitors to the site will be able to explore the old rooms and take in the breathtaking views from the position.

Fort James: Once of the earlier British forts on the island, Fort James was constructed in 1706 in fear of an eventual French invasion. Till this day it stands guard in front of St. John's Harbor, though now mainly as a tourist attraction.

That's not all -- you will find a range of other sites to visit. To navigate to our complete guide to other enjoyable places to visit near Jolly Harbour, visit this page.

Natural Attractions

Nelson's Dockyard National Park

One of the better known outdoor attractions is Victoria Park. Originally established in 1888, the gardens offer visitors a quiet escape from the crowds of St. Johns and Dickenson Bay. Among the flowers and trees, you will be able to relax and take a break from more active adventures.

Another site worth considering is Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour. Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour is a unique way to view the rainforest of Antigua. On one of nine zip-lines or two canopy bridges you can experience a fully guided and exhilarating tour of some of the most beautiful land on the island.

Jolly Harbour has many other choices too. Visit this extended discussion about natural attractions nearby if you're seeking additional facts.


Ready for some action? Vacationers wanting to test their luck in some gaming action will have several alternatives nearby.

Royal Antiguan, part of Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort, is situated in Five Islands, 3.8 mi. North of central Jolly Harbour. Guests can get in a bit of light gaming when they stay at the Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort. Set just off The Club, the facility here is small and offers a collection of electronic games and slots.

Paradise Casino is located in Redcliffe Quay, 4.7 mi. Northeast of central Jolly Harbour. Paradise Casino features a collection of state-of-the-art slot machines as well as Black Jack and Caribbean Stud Poker out on the floor.

King's Casino has a collection of games for guests to try out, including Blackjack, Blackjack - Spanish 21, Craps, Poker, and Poker - 3 card. King Casino is open everyday of the week. On Monday through Saturday, it is open from 10:00am until 4:00am.

Fortunately, there are a nice selection of choices too. Navigate here to view our article concerning gaming close to Jolly Harbour.


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