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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.

Where to stay in St. John's

Top Hotels 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 $191 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10

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! (249 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2020

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $406 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

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 (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 Mar 9, 2020

Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa – All Inclusive
Siboney Beach Club
Siboney Beach Club
3.5 out of 5
Dickenson Bay, St. John's, Antigua
The price is $150 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Nestled on the beach, this St. John's hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dickenson Bay Beach and Runaway Bay Beach. Fort Bay Beach and Cedar Valley Golf Club ...

4.2/5Excellent! (221 reviews)

"How can you describe the perfect holiday place? Clean, modern, superb rooms ... perfect location nestled on a secluded beach, with the convenience of a beach front restaurant where each meal is a gastronomy experience. All the above enhanced by the professionalism and friendliness of the staff dedicated ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2020

Siboney Beach Club
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

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! (156 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
Dickenson Bay Cottages
Dickenson Bay Cottages
3 out of 5
Anchorage Road, St. John's, Antigua
The price is $95 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Dickenson Bay, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Dickenson Bay Beach and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Runaway Bay Beach. Marble Hill and Antigua ...

4.3/5Excellent! (115 reviews)

"I was very pleased with the location, walking distance to the beach and bars and good restaurants, and only 15 minutes or so to St. John's or the airport. I loved our airy, spacious, two-floor accommodations right alongside the pool. Everything was clean and the necessities were provided. I did not ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

Dickenson Bay Cottages
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
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.

Popular places to visit in St. John's

Top things to do in St. John's

Reviews of St. John's

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 31.72690763052209%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 41.76706827309237%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 21.686746987951807%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 4.016064257028113%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.8032128514056225%

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Too crowded. Horrible roads. Vendors too pushy.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 11, 2020

The island is in dire need of proper roads and traffic signals. There is also lack of parking in St John's.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

Downtown is very congested. No parking available most of the time. Dirty gutters. Most roads are full of potholes which are more like craters. The people drive without consideration of others. It is a nightmare to drive in Antigua.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

I went on several excursions to visit historical points of interest by land. I very much enjoyed the island safari with Bruce and 2 more guests. Also went horseback riding with Nick , I was the only rider . Very enjoyable! Loved stingray city.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

St. John’s needs immediate help. Buildings need to be updated, upgraded and refurbished. Buildings with historic value and architectural features need to be rescued. The city needs proper drainage and underground sewerage system.

3/5 - Okay

PJ

Jan 2, 2020

Beautiful island. People off the resort were nice. Chinese are fattening them up, so they can eat them later! A shame!

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