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

There are a large selection of beaches to visit in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at several locations, if some members of your party enjoy this relaxing pastime. You can click on each beach name to read a detailed article concerning that particular location.

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.

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Another option for beach-goers to consider is Fort James Beach. Situated on the West side of a small cape, Fort James Beach has a great expanse of snow white sand for sunbathing, a great nearby restaurant and a rocky cape for stunning ocean views.

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.

These examples are just a few of what's available. To reach our detailed page about beaches, go to this page.

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 interesting landmark worth visiting is St. John's Cathedral. It is located 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 -- there are a full range of other choices as well. To find out about other other interesting places to visit in and around St. Johns, visit this page.

Natural Attractions

Nelson's Dockyard National Park

One of the worthwhile local 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.

Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour is another local attraction that's popular with visitors. 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 choices you'll find. Click on this link to see our article concerning natural attractions in and around the area.


In the mood for some action? Visitors interested in trying their luck have a few alternatives in and near the area.

King's Casino, a part of Heritage Quay Shopping Center, is located within 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 situated in the heart of St. Johns. 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.

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.

Needless to say, you will find many other choices. Click here to view our article about gaming in and near St. Johns.


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