St John's Cruises
A sunbather’s haven, St John’s is the capital city of Antigua and Barbuda, an island often referred to as the crown jewels of the Caribbean. With its large selection of beaches, typically hot climate and an array of cool seaside bars, the city of St John’s is a sun worshipper’s paradise.
In the city itself, the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda has exhibits on island history and St. John’s Cathedral, a 19th-century Anglican Church, sits sweetly on a hill near the 17th century Government House. The city’s vibrant red and yellow colonial buildings reflect the personality and warm welcome from locals, while a monument to the nation’s founder, V.C. Bird, is next to the colourful street market which sells flowers, fruit and handicrafts.
St. George’s fascinating history is brought to life on the stunning English Harbour and celebrated Nelson's Dockyard. Also known as Britain's West Indies naval base, it has now been restored to its 18th century glory.
There is shopping and speciality restaurants to be found in Heritage Quay and, of course, no visit would be complete without a spell on one of the island’s 365 stunning beaches – one for each day of the year say the Antiguans.
Nelson’s Dockyard is one of Antigua’s most famous historical sites, and is well worth a visit during your time on this island. The area, which was named after Admiral Horatio Nelson, who was based here in the 18th century, is the only working Georgian dockyard in the world today. The harbour was originally used in the late 1600s, and in 1725 work began on the dockyard buildings, which were used by the Royal Navy until 1889. During the Napoleonic Wars, it was used as headquarters for Nelson and the British Navy.
A highlight of anyone’s visit to Antigua, Stingray City offers visitors the unique opportunity to touch, feed and swim with southern stingrays. The rays, which are related to skates and sharks, are found in the tropical and subtropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean.
For anyone looking to relax and soak up the Caribbean sunshine, Darkwood Beach is perfect. Located on the west coast of Antigua, it offers visitors fine white sand and clear blue waters.