Attractions on St. John's

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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.  

Beaches

Runaway Beach

You will find an abundance of beaches to consider in and around the area. Snorkeling is an option at some of these beaches, for people who enjoy the underwater scene. Click on the beach names for more information concerning that particular location.

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 place 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: Runaway Beach is on Antigua's western coast and features rocky Corbinson Point on it's north end and a salt water pond on it's inland edge. It's the perfect beach for a sunset stroll.

These are just a few of the places worth checking out For a better look at this specific topic, see this guide.

Landmark Attractions

The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. It is found within 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.

Many travelers also choose to visit St. John's Cathedral. It is found within 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 plenty of additional places to visit. For more in-depth coverage of other enjoyable places to visit in and around St. John's, go to this page.

Natural Attractions

Nelson's Dockyard National Park

Tourists who like being outside will often have fun visiting 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 local attraction that 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 the available choices. To read our detailed page about natural attractions in and around St. John's, click here.

Casinos

Feeling lucky? Vacationers looking to test their luck on the slots will have several places to go in this area.

King's Casino, on the premises of Heritage Quay Shopping Center, is located 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 located in downtown St. John's. 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.

The table just below provides you with some key facts concerning the gaming choices on St. John's.

Gambling In St. John's
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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