St. John's

Travel Guide
Dickenson Bay Beach featuring a sandy beach, tropical scenes 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

Siboney Beach Club
Siboney Beach Club
3.5 out of 5
Dickenson Bay, St. John's, Antigua
The price is $148 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in St. John's. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (300 reviews)
"This is a very special little secret on this island. Quite comfortable and right on the beach"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Siboney Beach Club
Royalton Antigua, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino
Royalton Antigua, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino
4.5 out of 5
Five Islands VIllage, St. John's, Saint John
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $514 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury property in St. John's. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 7 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
3.4/5 Good! (277 reviews)
"Our Butler Zo was excellent, as was all the staff. The went above & beyond to cater to all your needs. The property, & the beach were great. The food was excellent, so many different choices. What we did not like was the A/C did not work well. Always going on & off, mainly OFF. You could feel the ..."

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Royalton Antigua, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino
Hodges Bay Resort and Spa
Hodges Bay Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
Hodges Bay, St. John's, Saint John, 12034
The price is $491 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 24
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in St. John's. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (51 reviews)
"The room was wonderful, clean, very comfortable, and the staff was amazing! They went over and beyond to help make our stay enjoyable. Overall, I had a great experience; the staff was knowledgeable and accommodating; and the amenities were great! The staff was very gracious and to my surprise decorated ..."

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2021

Hodges Bay Resort and Spa
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.
Dickenson Bay Cottages
Dickenson Bay Cottages
3 out of 5
Anchorage Road, St. John's, Antigua
The price is $110 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in St. John's. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the comfy beds and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (144 reviews)
"Property was very quiet and accommodatng. Rooms could be a bit more modern, but over-all a nice place to stay."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Dickenson Bay Cottages
Antigua Village Beach Resort
Antigua Village Beach Resort
3 out of 5
Dickenson Bay, St. John's, Antigua
Stay at this 3-star beach condo in St. John's. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (191 reviews)
"Loved my stay right on the beach and close to everything. The staff was wonderful and my studio apartment was big with a king size bed and still had alot of space inside. I would stay there again."

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

Antigua Village Beach Resort
Galley Bay Cottages
Galley Bay Cottages
3 out of 5
Galley Bay Road, St. John's, Antigua
Stay at this 3-star beach apartment in St. John's. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (51 reviews)
"The Calabash Cottage was perfect for our party of three. It provided privacy while maintaining a sense of community. The garden views were everything we had hoped they'd be. The island sounds were pleasant as was the open-air concept of the cottage. The walk to the beach was literally 3 mins. The ..."

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

Galley Bay Cottages
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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