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.

Where to stay in St John's

St. John\'s

Runaway Bay

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

While visiting Runaway Bay, you might make a stop by sights like Runaway Bay Beach and Fort Bay Beach.

Runaway Bay
Dickenson Bay Beach showing tropical scenes, general coastal views and rocky coastline

Dickenson Bay

4/5Very Good!(8 area reviews)

While visiting Dickenson Bay, you might make a stop by sights like Dickenson Bay Beach and Marble Hill.

Dickenson Bay
Paradise View, St John's, Saint John, Antigua and Barbuda

Paradise View

4/5Very Good!(9 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Paradise View, Dickenson Bay Beach and Marble Hill are top sights worth seeing.

Paradise View

Top hotels in St John's

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
 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

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

3.2/5 (81 reviews)

"Beautiful property and very nice amenities. The location is also great, right on a small emerald bay between the hills. The all inclusive aspect was great as well, nice not needing to carry around credit card or personal info. They put a small rope bracelet with a charm on it on your wrist and you ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa – All Inclusive
Buccaneer Beach Club
Buccaneer Beach Club
3 out of 5
Dickenson Bay, St. John's, Antigua
The price is £158 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Dickenson Bay hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Marble Hill and Dickenson Bay Beach. Runaway Bay Beach is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away.

4.8/5Exceptional! (152 reviews)

"The hotel is clean and well kept. We were greeted at 2 am by a pleasant and helpful employee. The rooms are small and simple but cute and have a typical island feel. It is a two minute walk to sandals, where we are staying tonight. I would definitely stay here in the future for a more reasonably ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jun 2020

Buccaneer Beach Club
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 is just steps away from Marble Hill and Dickenson Bay Beach. Runaway Bay Beach is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

4/5Very Good! (153 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 18 Feb 2020

Antigua Village Beach Resort

Popular places to visit in St John's

Dickenson Bay Beach
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Dickenson Bay Beach

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Enjoy white sands, blue-green waters and thrilling watersports at this Caribbean beach, which is conveniently located close to the town of St. John’s. 

Runaway Bay Beach
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Runaway Bay Beach

4/5(16 reviews)

Enjoy the utterly serene ambiance on this isolated strand, go horseback riding and gaze up at the rocky Corbinson Point.

Galley Bay
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Galley Bay

4.5/5(18 reviews)

Stay at the acclaimed resort to experience its pampering spa treatments and enjoy excellent views of the white-sand beach.

Deep Bay Beach
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Deep Bay Beach

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Bring your kids to swim in this flat and placid bay and enjoy the spectacular views of endless blue water from the 18th-century fort.

Heritage Quay
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Heritage Quay

3.5/5(18 reviews)

Rest in the public square, visit the casino and check out the array of duty-free products in this two-story open-air mall.

Fort James
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Fort James

4/5(14 reviews)

Admire the view of the Caribbean Sea and St. John’s and examine the powder magazine and gun emplacements of this beachside fort.

Top things to do in St John's

Antigua Power Catamaran Cruise with Lunch & Open Bar
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Antigua Power Catamaran Cruise with Lunch & Open Bar

£87
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
English Harbour & Nelson's Dockyard Historical Sightseeing Tour
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English Harbour & Nelson's Dockyard Historical Sightseeing Tour

£58
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
St. Mary's Safari Buggy Adventure West
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St. Mary's Safari Buggy Adventure West

£71
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Antigua Eco Adventure with Snorkeling & Lunch
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Antigua Eco Adventure with Snorkeling & Lunch

£91
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Shirley Heights Lookout Party
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Shirley Heights Lookout Party

£46
Per adult
Runaway Beach Day in Antigua
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Runaway Beach Day in Antigua

£32
Per adult

Reviews of St John's

3.7

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
11
5 - Excellent 20.754716981132077%
4 - Good
20
4 - Good 37.735849056603776%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 30.18867924528302%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 9.433962264150944%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.8867924528301887%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

25 Mar 2020

The airport and government building etc are very nice but the rest of the area is mainly wooden shacks. Roads are in s sad state of repair and difficult to navigate due to lack of road signs

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

24 Mar 2020

Go there when there are not many cruise liners in.

4/5 - Good

JoCarter

16 Mar 2020

Lively

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

13 Feb 2020

St John's is a bit ramshackle, with uneven pavements. The Heritage Quay shops were all closed, even on a midweek afternoon - it seems they only open up when there's a cruise ship in.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Dec 2019

Safe to wander around with lots of local culture.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Dec 2019

It’s different not another clone place with Starbucks and Macdonald. It definitely grows on you

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