Attractions in St. Johns

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As the capital and biggest city on Antigua, St. John's is a very busy place indeed, and there is always something to see or do.  There are more museums here than anywhere else on the island, though perhaps the most visited site is Fort James.  Other options include casinos and beaches.  


Runaway Beach

You will discover a large selection of beaches to consider in and around the area. Snorkeling is an option at some of these beaches, if some members of your party are so inclined. Just click on each beach name for more detail concerning that beach.

St. Johns Harbor South: This beach is conveniently located on St Johns Harbour, adjacent to the bustling capitol city. The beach is right off Gray's Farm Main Road.

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Another alternative to consider is Fort James Beach. Fort James Beach has wonderfully white sand and transparent waters. It has a few great nearby restaurants, but it's not overly developed.

Runaway Beach: Next door to popular Dickinson's Bay, Runaway Beach is easy to get to and open to the public.

Luckily, you can find a nice selection of beaches to choose from in and around the area. To reach our detailed guide to beaches, click here.

Landmark Attractions

The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

A landmark worth visiting is The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. It is located in downtown St. John's. Puruse this museum and discover the fascinating history of Antigua, from before European settlements to cultural experiences today. It may provide you with a new lens with which to view this tropical paradise.

Another common landmark for vacationers is St. John's Cathedral. It is situated in downtown St. John's. St. John's Cathedral is a historic Anglican church that watches over the island from a hilltop on St. John's. Though it was originally built in the 17th century, it remains in use to this day and serves as the seat of the Diocese of the North East Caribbean and Aruba.

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.

Of course, the area has a full range of interesting landmarks. To read a more detailed discussion of other sites worth seeing in and around St. Johns, click this link.

Natural Attractions

Nelson's Dockyard National Park

Victoria Park is one of the outdoor tourist attractions that's worth a visit. <p>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.</p>

A second place worth considering is Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour. <p>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.</p>

St. Johns is home to some other choices too. Visit this extended discussion regarding natural attractions in and near the area if you're looking for some more details.


Feeling Lucky? Vacationers wanting to test their luck on the slots will find a few places to do so in and near the area.

King's Casino, part of Heritage Quay Shopping Center, is found in downtown St. John's. King Casino is open everyday of the week. On Monday through Saturday, it is open from 10:00am until 4:00am.

Paradise Casino is found in the heart of St. Johns. Located on Lower Market Street on St. John's, Paradise Casino is your typical Caribbean casino, located in a well-lit space with slot machines set up in neat little rows, and courteous dealers manning the table games.

Asot's Arcade: For many people, their favorite part of spending an evening at a casino is playing the slots. If this is true of you, you'll love Ascot's Arcade Jackpot Casino Slots on St. John, Antigua.

These examples are just some of the available choices. Click here to find our page about gaming in and near St. Johns.


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