St. Johns Attractions

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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 find several beaches to choose from in and around the area. Snorkeling is an option at some of these beaches, if some members of your party enjoy the underwater scene. You can click on the name of each beach for a detailed review of that particular location.

St. Johns Harbor South: The stretch of sand is thin here, but still soft and white. The waters are beautiful Caribbean blue and you can watch boats come and go from the main port of the island.

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A second alternative worth considering 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: Runaway Beach has calm waters for swimming and a beach bar where you can grab a beer. Its spotted with hotels, but usually not too crowded.

St. Johns and the surrounding areas offer a full range of beaches. To read our page about beaches, click this link.

Landmark Attractions

The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

A common landmark for vacationers is The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. It is found in downtown St. John's. Exhibits at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda include models of sugar plantations and steam engines, paintings and prints of Antigua and Barbuda, and a display of precious island stones.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit 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.

That's not all -- you will find additional places to visit. For more information about other sites worth visiting this topic, go to this article concerning other interesting places to visit in and around St. Johns.

Natural Attractions

Nelson's Dockyard National Park

One of the better known natural 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.

A second option you might enjoy 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.

These are just a few of what's available. Take advantage of this page dedicated to natural attractions in and near the area if you'd like to find some more specifics.


Feeling lucky? Guests wanting to test their luck on the slots will have plenty of venues where they can do so in and near the area.

King's Casino, on the premises of Heritage Quay Shopping Center, is situated in downtown St. John's. King's Casino has been keeping vacationers in Antigua entertained since 1988, and is considered to be the most popular casino on the island. The casino is located in downtown St. John's, Antigua at Heritage Quay, and features hundreds of slot machines as well as a few live table games.

Paradise Casino is found within 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.

Fortunately, you'll find other options too. Click to see our article concerning gaming in and near St. Johns.


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