St John's Antigua is the liveliest and most exciting place to explore. There are plenty of things to do in St John's that offer both insight into island history and culture, and plenty of fun too. As the capital of Antigua, St John's showcases a wide variety of epicurean delights and offers access to many island activities. Less than 50,000 people live on Antigua, but numbers rise as the island teems with tourists throughout the commercial center in peak season. Cruises coming into port add the highest number of visitors streaming through the capital.
Nearby beaches bordering Five Islands Bay also draw those looking for exciting city life paired with relaxing beach time. St John's vacations aren't limited to city activities at all. There are many nearby attractions easily reached by local transportation or car rental. With the many ins and outs of the meandering coastline, St John's Antigua and surrounding areas have many interesting bays and coastal inlets perfect for walking tours. A high number of American and British tourists—both families and couples—arrive for St John's vacations, staying around the resort enclave of Five Islands Bay and branch out sightseeing and exploring during the day.
There is a wide choice in bars and restaurants in St John's Antigua offering a host of dining and entertainment options. For singles, the best things to do in St John's include the many options in evening entertainment including live music and special events. Most nightlife stems from area hotels commissioning the best steel drum bands. Gambling is another of the hot activities among adults. The best gambling spot to hit during St John's vacations is in Jolly Harbour at Grand Princess Casino. St James Club is a good alternative. For the hippest nightlife option head to The Coast at Heritage Quay. Here, islanders and visitors congregate, entertained by live Antiguan bands and pumping dance music with local fare available into the night.
St John's Cathedral is one of the many historical attractions found in the capital city. First built in 1681, St John's Cathedral has been rebuilt twice over the years. Both original churches fell from disrepair and replaced with the current church, created from freestone and featuring massive twin towers. Touring the morning market is another of the best things to do in St John's. See fresh, local produce, watch locals barter, and pick up breakfast or lunch. Other areas of interest in St John's Antigua include the slave compound at Redcliffe Quay, the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, and the ruins of the once British-ruled Fort James. Sightseeing trips often leave from Dickenson Bay and Jolly Harbour while plenty of beaches at Deep Bay and Galley Bay provide the perfect environment for outdoor adventure.
The best retail therapy is dispersed throughout Five Islands Village in form of small boutiques and shops. Nelson's Dockyard in English Harbour and St John's Antigua are also great places for shopping. Heritage Quay is yet another spot where a concentration of duty-free shops are located. With most of the top restaurants situated in Five Islands, which is fairly distanced from other island areas, transportation is necessary to get back to the city. A trip to Antigua's sister island Barbuda, is easily arranged too. Fifteen minute flights can be purchased, or visitors can catch a ferry, to see Barbuda's famous Pink Beach, visit the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, and explore colorful Codrington.