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Fort James

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

Fort James comprises the remains of an 18th-century military structure that overlooks Fort Bay Beach. An array of intriguing artifacts remain from its time as an active colonial base built to defend the island against a French invasion. Piece together parts of Antigua’s rich history from the remnants of this fascinating fort.

Inspect the preserved cannons and imagine them being fired over the endless blue ocean. Snap photos of the excellent views of the verdant coast and the town of St. John’s. Walk beside the remaining foundation of the wall of the fort and see the powder magazine for a rough idea of the structure’s appearance centuries ago. It was initially constructed in 1706, before more buildings were added in 1739.

Note that the fort takes its name from King James II of England. The barracks lodged 75 men and contained 36 gun emplacements. Soldiers here fired daily gun salutes to friendly ships as signals at sunrise and sunset during the 1800s.

Dine at one of the small restaurants where the fort area meets the southern end of Fort Bay Beach. Try the seafood and chat with friendly staff. Younger members of the restaurant’s family often sell bracelets and souvenirs.

Make use of the restrooms and shower facilities on the stretch of sand. Although the beach is generally tranquil and has few structures, you can walk to another restaurant farther north along the beach. The beach and fort are free to visit and open to the public at all times.

Find Fort James at the southern cape of Fort Bay Beach on a promontory that juts out from the southwestern outskirts of St. John’s. Take a taxi from the cruise terminal and arrange your return pick-up time with the driver. Visit nearby sights, such as the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, Runaway Beach and Blackburn Park.


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Lodging Near Fort James

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$331
The Villas at Sunset Lane - Adults Only

The Villas at Sunset Lane - Adults Only

Sunset Lane, Paradise View, McKinnons, St. John's
5.0
of 5, from 14 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Dickenson Bay Beach and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Fort James. Cedar Valley Golf Club and Antigua Megaplex 8 are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$157
Yepton Estate Cottages

Yepton Estate Cottages

Yepton Estate, St. John's
5.0
of 5, from 102 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Five Islands Village, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Fort Barrington and Deep Bay. Galley Bay and Hawksbill Beaches are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$81
Rentals at Touch Therapies

Rentals at Touch Therapies

Fort Road, St. John's
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this spa apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Fort Bay Beach and Fort James. Dickenson Bay Beach is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

$120
Siboney Beach Club

Siboney Beach Club

Dickenson Bay, St. John's
4.4
of 5, from 55 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this St. John's hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Runaway Bay Beach and Dickenson Bay Beach. Fort James is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.

Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort

Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort

Deep Bay, St. John's
2.5
of 5, from 55 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Five Islands Village hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fort Barrington and Deep Bay. Galley Bay and Hawksbill Beaches are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$140
Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts All Inclusive

Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts All Inclusive

Dickenson Bay, St. John's
3.2
of 5, from 166 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Arrayed along a half-mile public beach on Antigua's Dickenson Bay; 4 miles from St John's, the Halcyon Cove resort offers activities and entertainment for the entire family.

$85
Heritage Hotel

Heritage Hotel

Heritage Quay, St. John's
2.9
of 5, from 33 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of St. John's, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from King's Casino and within 3 mi (5 km) of Dickenson Bay Beach and Fort James. Westerby Memorial and Museum of Antigua and Barbuda are also within 5 minutes.

$39
Inn La Galleria

Inn La Galleria

Five Islands, St. John's
2.7
of 5, from 22 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Five Islands Village, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fort Barrington, Galley Bay, and Deep Bay. Hawksbill Beaches and Jabberwock Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).