St. John’s is the capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda, a country located in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea. The city is famous for its various shopping malls as well as boutiques throughout the city, selling designer jewellery and haute-couture clothing. St. John’s attracts tourists from the many exclusive resorts on the island and from the cruise ships which dock in its harbour at Heritage Quay and Redcliffe Quay several times a week.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit is April to June, when you can expect mild weather and very little rainfall.
Top Places to Visit in St. John’s
1. East Coast Trail
The East Coast Trail unites genuine wilderness hiking with richly historic communities from Portugal Cove, to Cape St. Francis, to Cappahayden. There are over 300 kilometers of developed trail to explore. Experience abandoned settlements, lighthouses, ecological reserves, seabird colonies, whales, icebergs, the world’s southernmost caribou herd, historic sites, a 50-metre suspension bridge, two active archaeological dig sites, and many more attractions.
2. Signal Hill
Signal Hill National Historic Site is conveniently located in the east end of St. John’s on Signal Hill Road.Stand atop Signal Hill and let your soul be stirred by the crack of muskets and the roar of cannon fire. Discover the story of how British and French soldiers battled fiercely to control this strategic location. Explore the iconic Cabot Tower and experience a view of St. John’s and the North Atlantic that is truly spectacular.
3. Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden is near the intersection of Factory Road and Independence Avenue. This small park’s shaded benches and gazebo provide a quiet refuge from the bustle of activity of St. John’s.
4. Fort James
Fort James is a fort at the entrance to the harbour of St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. The fort was built to guard St. John’s harbour and is one of the many forts built by the British in the 18th century. The fort is named after King James II of England. Work on the fort started in 1706, and most of the buildings were built in 1739. The main attraction today is the excellent view of the surrounding harbor.
5. Fort James Beach
Located on the outskirts of St. John’s, a mile northwest of the downtown area, Fort James Beach has wonderfully white sand and transparent waters. It has a few great nearby restaurants, but it’s not overly developed. There’s some great views of the water if you walk towards the rockier tip of the cape.