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Things to Do in St John's

Antigua’s capital city is a multicolored port town around a protected bay on the northwest of the island. Nearly half of the city’s visitors arrive not by plane, but by boat because St. John’s is both a popular cruise ship port and a renowned sailing harbor—in fact every year, the island hosts Antigua Sailing Week, one of the top regattas and sailing events in the Caribbean. While here, you can explore sights like the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, which occupies the former 16th-century courthouse, and St. John's Cathedral, the baroque towers of which make it the centerpiece of the city. The most popular in-city pastime among visitors however is shopping. Heritage Quay, at the foot of the cruise ship dock, is a two-story complex of duty-free shops, tacky tourist bars and restaurants. For a more local experience, head to the Public Market on the west side of the city on Friday and Saturday mornings to find spices, batiks and local hand crafts.
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Heritage Quay
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If you’re in the mood for duty-free and high-end shopping on Antigua, Heritage Quay is the place to find good prices on luxury items. This shopping complex has dozens of shops selling everything from Rolex watches and diamond jewelry to duty-free cigars and liquor, not to mention designer clothes, cosmetics, electronics and more. Throughout the shopping center you’ll spot troupes of local performers playing steel pan music.
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Museum of Antigua and Barbuda
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Located in Antigua's capital city, the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda is the place to learn more about the nation's history and cultural legacy. The museum is housed in the Colonial Court House, built in 1747, making it the oldest building still in use in the city. Through its numerous engaging exhibits, the museum tells the story of the nation, from its geological birth to political independence.
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Fort James
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One of the best places to go on the island if you want fantastic views of the shimmering Caribbean waters, Fort James sits in an ideal position overlooking St. John's Harbor. Built by the British in 1706 to protect the harbor, the fort was intended to prevent the French from invading the island.

Today, come and see the cannons, powder magazine, and foundation of the wall, the remainders of the fort. The true highlight of a visit to Fort James, however, is the unbeatable view of St. John's Harbor. With its bright blue waters, nestled among towering cliffs and the picturesque town of St. John's, the harbor is truly one of the most beautiful sites Antigua and Barbuda has to offer.

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Antigua Cruise Port (Heritage Quay Terminal) Tours
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Located in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies, Antigua is the main island in the grouping constituting the nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Its history and geography have made it internationally famous as a sailing and yachting destination.

St. John’s has a large and deep harbor that perfectly accommodates large cruise ships. The main attractions in town are all within close walking distance to the pier. Heritage and Redcliffe Quay offer shopping opportunities directly next to port, and downtown St. John’s is just a short distance away.

Locals boast that Antigua has 365 different beaches, one for each day of the year. History buffs will love the island’s rich naval history, as it was once an important colonial base of the British Royal Navy. Take the Round Island Tour, which brings you through the historic Nelson's Dockyard National Park. Or, stay local in St. John’s with the city shore excursion, and tour the city’s vegetable market.

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Dickenson Bay
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The blazing-white sands of Dickenson Bay are home to a handful of Antigua’s larger resort hotels, including Sandals, Halcyon Cove and Antigua Village. Along the beachfront you can also find a hub of restaurants, beach bars, and water sports operators renting kayaks, windsurfing boards, snorkeling gear and more. The bay is known for having consistently calm waters, which makes it a great place for families with kids to play in the water, or for snorkelers who want to visit the mile-long stretch of reef that runs along the shore. The one thing you won’t find at Dickenson Bay is a secluded stretch of sand, as it’s one of the most popular beaches on the island, but if you want get away from the crowd, head south to the next beach over along Runaway Bay.

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