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

There are a large number of beaches to visit in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at some locations, for those who enjoy this relaxing pastime. You can click on the beach names to read a detailed article concerning that part of the coast.

St. Johns Harbor South: A long thin beach that's located close to all the island's excitement, this beach is the perfect place to stop for a swim on the way to or from St Johns.

Attractions Map

Another option 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.

St. Johns and the surrounding areas have a nice selection of beaches to choose from. Readers can get more information by clicking on this link.

Landmark Attractions

The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

Many travelers choose to visit The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. It is found within 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.

Many travelers also choose to 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.

This area is home to a more extensive selection of notable landmarks. Take advantage of this extended discussion concerning other enjoyable places to visit in and near the area if you want to learn some more facts.

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.

Another option that provides a nice way to spend some time outdoors 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.

Needless to say, you'll be able to find a wider range of choices. Make your way to this extended discussion about natural attractions in and near the area if you want to get additional facts.


Feeling lucky? Those wanting to try their luck on the slots will have several places to do so in this area.

King's Casino, which is part 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 located in downtown St. John's. 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.

The gaming choices in St. Johns are provided in the table below.

Gambling In St. Johns
Name Located At Phone Location
King's Casino Heritage Quay Shopping Center (268) 462-1727 Downtown St. John's
Paradise Casino -- (264) 562-1728 Downtown St. John's

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