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St John's
Travel Guide

Dickenson Bay Beach showing tropical scenes, a sandy beach and general coastal views

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.

Where to stay in St John's

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 £183 per night from 24 Jun to 24 Jun
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! (272 reviews)
"The staff was extremely friendly and helpful..The food was amazing."

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2021

Ocean Point Resort and Spa - Adults Only
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
The price is £299 per night from 19 Jul to 19 Jul
This family-friendly St John's resort is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hawksbill Beach and Galley Bay. Landing Bay Beach and Deep Bay Beach are ...
3.4/5 (146 reviews)
"The property is set in a beautiful location, ocean/cove on one side and bay on the other. We were engulfed in a constant cool breeze. The staff were always pleasant and professional, the “Vibe Team” were some of the most engaging individuals I’ve met at a hotel that personally took the time to make ..."

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2021

Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa – All Inclusive
Galley Bay Resort & Spa - All Inclusive - Adults Only
Galley Bay Resort & Spa - All Inclusive - Adults Only
4.5 out of 5
Five Islands Village, St John's, Antigua
The price is £735 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
Nestled on the beach, this St John's resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hawksbill Beach and Galley Bay. Landing Bay Beach and Deep Bay Beach are also within 2 miles ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (301 reviews)
"Very beautiful and peaceful"

Reviewed on 8 Jun 2021

Galley Bay Resort & Spa - All Inclusive - Adults Only
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.
Connie's Comfort Suites
Connie's Comfort Suites
3 out of 5
Penny Lane, Upper Fort Road, St John's, Antigua
The price is £72 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Antigua Government House (The Parsonage) and within 3 miles (5 km) of Dickenson Bay ...
3.4/5 (48 reviews)
"Arrived on from Massachusetts on the 5.29.21, was surprised to see everything was near by, supermarket next door , restaurant a stone throw away, laundry services at the property, car rentals were available at the property, I declined the car rental because I started drinking with the locals , can’t ..."

Reviewed on 7 Jun 2021

Connie's Comfort Suites
Galley Bay Cottages
Galley Bay Cottages
3 out of 5
Galley Bay Road, St John's, Antigua
Situated in St John's, this beach apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Hawksbill Beach and Galley Bay. Landing Bay Beach and Deep Bay Beach are also ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (42 reviews)
"Nice views , near beach, quiet environment to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life."

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2021

Galley Bay Cottages
Dickenson Bay Oasis Antigua Village
Dickenson Bay Oasis Antigua Village
3 out of 5
Marina Bay Road, St John's
The price is £136 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
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 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (11 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 19 Dec 2019

Dickenson Bay Oasis Antigua Village
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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