Saint John's Travel Guide

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Saint John's Things to Do

  • Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

    The museum is located in one of the very few historical buildings in St. John’s. This former courthouse was erected in 1749. Inside, you’ll see an exhibiton about the history of Antgiua and Barbuda with some items from the past centuries. The exhibiton is quite small and does not take more than an hour to see, even if you read and explore...

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  • Harbor in Town

    An island that is close St. Lucia island, and usually a side trip form cruise ships. It is a nice green place to enjoy serene time

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  • Church near East Bus station, cross and...

    Close to East Bus Station, there are three smaller sights worth to mention. First, a cross which is the monument dedicated to the fallen soldiers of the two world wars. Close to that, you’ll see a church which caught my eye with its rotten spire. Further down on Independence Avenue, there’s a small lighthouse. It looks like it has been removed from...

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  • Market Hall

    The market hall is located in the south of St. John’s, close to the West Bus Station. Here, you’ll mostly find fresh fruits and vegetables with rarely other items for sale. I have never seen the hall full, with only a couple of stands open. But that does not mean that there is no life in the market. Maybe for the rental prices in the market hall,...

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  • V.C. Bird Monument

    The best-known monument to V.C. Bird is located in front of the market hall, close to the west bus station. This colourful sculpture shows young V.C. Bird as the father of the nation. Bird is still considered a national hero, as he led Antigua and Barbuda into independence in 1981. However, he is a controversial figure, not loved by everybody in...

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  • Prince Klaas Stone

    Prince Klaas is one of the best-known figures in the history of Antigua and Barbuda. But that does not mean that much is known about his life. For example, his real name is unknown, some say that he was called “count”. He has something of an Antiguan Guy Fawkes, but that description would be too little to describe the impact on the nation’s...

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    Local Restaurants and Chains: You Can Eat

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Because of the scheduling of tours, we have not actually eaten anywhere in Antigua. But we have seen that there were both local restaurants and American chains like Subway and KFC

    KFC Antigua Group of Companies
    PO Box 2087
    Fort Road
    St John’s
    Ph: Restaurants
    Fort Road: 268-481-1531/35/36
    High Street: 268-481-1541/42/43
    Old Parham Road: 268-481-1527/28/29
    kfc@candw.ag
    www.kfc.com

    Favorite Dish: Local restaurants

    The Sticky Wicket Restaurant & Bar
    "Where Carnival Meets Cricket"
    Tel: 268 481 7000, Fax: 268 481 7010
    stickywicket@stanfordeagle.com

    Big Banana Holdings Ltd
    PO Box 665
    Redcliffe Quay
    Tel: 268 480 6985, Fax: 268 480 6989
    bigbanana@candw.ag
    www.bigbanana-antigua.com

    Restaurant across from the cruise ship docks Subway sign on left bottome of pink building KFC sign from the front seat of a cab Restaurant tables from the ship's deck Ice Cream store on right
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    • Cruise
    • Budget Travel
    • Casino and Gambling

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Saint John's Nightlife

  • Quayside

    There are casinos right down by the cruise ship docks. To get the taxi to the heliport we walked past King's Casino which had a big inflatable man right outside. Our table partners once got involved at a casino and since there were no clocks in the casino, they walked out the door to see the ship sailing away. I don't really 'do' casinos, and if I...

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  • Cool Casino

    MOst of the nightlife in Antigua is based around the hotels on the island. We decided one night to get a taxi into St. Johns and have a meal in Hemingways. The meal was delicious with a good selection and choice of different items and was very friendly. Once we had our meal we walked down to the harbour where the cruise liners are during the day...

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    License Plates

    by grandmaR Updated May 7, 2010

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    I often look at the various license plates and see if I can figure out what the different colors and designations mean. In the 1980s, taxis could be recognised by their 'HA' or 'HB' number-plates. Photo 3 of the old plates). Now, they have a TX designation. They are not metered, but carry a rate card, which you can view before starting your journey. They are also a good way of getting a mini-guided tour. Many of the taxis are actually mini-vans (photo 5)

    A commercial vehicle now has a C designation (photo 2).

    Rental cars have always had an R designation (whether old or new type plates - picture 4 for the new ones). Maybe this is a way of warning residents that there is a person driving who may not always remember that they drive on the left in Antigua. Most of Antigua's car rental companies have an office within or near to VC Bird International Airport, while some also have agents located within the hotels. To drive in Antigua, you must purchase a temporary drivers' license. These can be obtained for around US$20 by presenting a full drivers' license at the local police station or car rental agency.

    Taxi license Truck license Old style licenses 2000 era plates Taxi-van for ship tours
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    • Family Travel

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Saint John's Shopping

  • Local Shops

    We did not do any shopping in St. John's although there are many opportunities. If you leave out the fancy shops down at the dock, there are some other places to go.Here are photos of:A neighborhood GroceryChristos' grocery store (phone number included)A clothing store called "Cool and Smooth" (website)A clothing store called "LOgOS OnE" andA...

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  • Duty free shopping

    Everything from jewelry to Cuban cigars. There are no restrictions on shopping here. All you need is your passport and proof of travel.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Saint John's Sports & Outdoors

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    Ship Yards

    by grandmaR Written Apr 11, 2010

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    From the deck of our ship, we see boats and places that appear to be boatyards. We knew that Nelson's Dockyard had marinas, and that yachts were anchored in English Harbor, but somehow we didn't really expect that the waterfront of St. John's would also have facilities for boats. These look like working boats and a work boat yard - not the fancy yachts or tourist facilities

    Boat on up shore Boats in the harbor Boatyard Beach is lined with boats and docks Harbor from a helicopter
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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Cruise
    • Budget Travel

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Saint John's Favorites

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    Colonial City Architecture

    by grandmaR Written Apr 11, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The capital, St. John's, is said to have very picturesque brightly coloured buildings, and colonial architecture. Colonial architecture means different things in different places. For a city in South America, Colonial Architecture is Spanish. For an English colony like St. John's it means Georgian or other English type buildings. But the local buildings that were not official buildings are of the Victorian or Bahamian wooden gingerbread buildings.

    Main street Building in St. John's Street in St. John's Hillside behind town Aqua building looks like a school

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