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St. John'sAntigua and Barbuda

Climb to the hilltop cathedral for exquisite views, learn about a controversial prime minister and relax on white, sandy beaches.

Tour the capital city of the island of Antigua, St. John’s, a cultural hot spot with a fascinating history. Its outskirts feature scenic beaches, while the city center is filled with museums and religious institutions that reveal the nation’s fascinating past.

Get a glimpse of the local culture with a trip to St. John’s Cathedral in the heart of the city. This 19th-century treasure stands atop a hill, with wonderful views of the surrounding area. Climb the stairs and admire the handmade wooden features of the cathedral’s interior. Learn about the indigenous and colonial history of the city at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda.

Walk southwest from the cathedral through the city to reach the Heritage Quay outdoor shopping mall. Its two floors contain many stores, offering such items as souvenirs, jewelry and watersports. Relax in the 39ers Public Square and try games of chance at King’s Casino, which overlooks the Caribbean Sea on the western flank of the mall.

Farther south is the VC Bird Monument, which pays tribute to the country’s first prime minister. Snap photos of this lifelike sculpture of Vere Bird, who remains a divisive historic figure today. Inspect the works of art on display in the nearby Harmony Hall Art Gallery. Some of the pieces are available for you to purchase and ship home.

Take a taxi to the western outskirts to enjoy idyllic bays. Stroll along the picturesque beach of Deep Bay and go scuba diving at the Andes Shipwreck. Visit Fort Bay Beach and see the 18th-century St. James Fort. Go snorkeling amid colorful coral on Long Bay.

Find the town in the northwestern corner of Antigua. Arrive at the VC Bird International Airport and get around by taxi. Explore the rest of the island by bus from one of the terminals. A trip to St. John’s combines the charm and history of its institutions with the utter serenity of white-sand beaches.

Top Hotels in St. John's

 Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa – All Inclusive
Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa – All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Five Islands VIllage, St. John's, Saint John
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $553 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

This family-friendly St. John's property is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hawksbill Beach and Galley Bay. Landing Bay Beach and Deep Bay Beach ...

3.2/5 (92 reviews)

"I simply loved everything about it from checking in, room service, Restaurants, pool, the beach activities, the garden..Everything was awesome..Most of all the courteous staff"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2021

Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa – All Inclusive
Ocean Point Resort and Spa - Adults Only
Ocean Point Resort and Spa - Adults Only
3 out of 5
Hodges Bay, St. John's, Antigua
The price is CA $294 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Nestled on the beach, this St. John's hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hodges Bay, Prickly Pear Island, and Coates Cottage Art Gallery. Jabberwock Beach and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (251 reviews)

"Beautiful area to eat meals; very nice staff; clean facilities"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 28, 2020

Ocean Point Resort and Spa - Adults Only
Trade Winds Hotel
Trade Winds Hotel
4 out of 5
Dickenson Bay, St. John's, Antigua
The price is CA $254 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

This family-friendly St. John's hotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Dickenson Bay Beach and Runaway Bay Beach. Marble Hill and Antigua and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (175 reviews)

"Really kind helpful happy staff, everything was perfect, food, rooms and views, in a peaceful atmosphere,"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2020

Trade Winds Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in St. John's

Dickenson Bay Oasis Antigua Village
Dickenson Bay Oasis Antigua Village
3 out of 5
Marina Bay Road, St. John's

Nestled on the beach, this Dickenson Bay aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Dickenson Bay Beach and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Runaway Bay Beach. Fort Bay Beach and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (9 reviews)

"I had a room that was not renovated. It was okay, for the price. The description mentioned two restaurants. But, actually, they are not affiliated with the hotel. Therefore, no room service."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 19, 2019

Dickenson Bay Oasis Antigua Village
Sunsets Views Villa
Sunsets Views Villa
St. John's, Saint John

Situated in St. John's, this vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Fort Barrington and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Galley Bay. Deep Bay Beach and Hawksbill Beach are ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"A nice, comfortable, well equipped and maintained two storey apartment. Balconies on both floors, overlooking the lagoon in front of Royalton AI resort. The address is Pillar Rock Condeminium. These apartments are on a small complex next to Yepton beach. A north facing beach and a bit choppy. A 10 ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2021

Sunsets Views Villa
Antigua Village Beach Resort
Antigua Village Beach Resort
3 out of 5
Dickenson Bay, St. John's, Antigua

Nestled on the beach, this Dickenson Bay condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Dickenson Bay Beach and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Runaway Bay Beach. Fort Bay Beach ...

4/5Very Good! (157 reviews)

"All good really. Particularly liked the gardens. The bedside lights in our room were too high on the wall! Seriously, that's the only negative I can think of!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

Antigua Village Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of St. John's

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 17, 2020

The people we met in St John's were friendly. The sidewalks are very poor and hard to walk, and there is the smell of sewage in most areas. I would not rush back to the city, but then again i didn't go to Antigua to spend time in the city.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 15, 2020

Town was ok groceries and toys very expensive. Beaches are nice but did not get a chance to visit all of them.

5/5 - Excellent

Tony

Feb 1, 2020

St John's is beautiful and feels safe.

4/5 - Good

Cortwright,LD.C

Jan 24, 2020

Streets are narrow, old English layed out city, but historical and have good history finding information, good vendors local foods. Good market area, taxi prices could be a bit lower, however they are clean and courteous most of the drivers, please

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 21, 2020

Some of the nicest people anywhere on the planet!!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 16, 2020

Badly need upgraded roads.

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