Heritage Quay is a unique cruise port in St. John’s, Antigua, adorned with lovely colonial buildings, cobblestone walks, and the friendliest of island people. Antigua is often referred to as the “gateway to the Caribbean”. It is found in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea. Antigua is the main island of the two-island nation Antigua and Barbuda. The city of St. John’s has approximately 31,000 residents and is the capital of Antigua & Barbuda.
The shopping in St. John’s, Antigua is interesting and the art galleries worth the visit. I found the perfect souvenir in the upstairs gallery of a book store; three Caribbean ladies in colorful costumes painted on canvas. The artist even signed it for me. Redcliffe Quay is the historic shopping area in Antigua, full of vibrant colored establishments selling clothing, art, handicrafts, and souvenirs. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is a great place to tour and offers a panoramic view of the island. For lunch, perhaps try the pepper pot, a native dish resembling a thick stew, often with eggplant, spinach, okra, onions, spices, and a variety of meats.
A fun fact is that England’s historic hero, Admiral Horatio Nelson, lived in Antigua for many years. Nelson’s Dockyard, rimmed with alluring yachts, is a restored colonial naval station named for him and is a popular historic place to visit. Jewelry vendors around this area sell “seed” jewelry, made from tamarind and mimosa trees.
Tip: Bring home some tasty guava jelly.
Trivia fact: Crossroads Centre, a drug & alcohol addiction rehabilitation center, is located in Antigua, and was founded by guitarist Eric Clapton.
FYI: It is rumored that Oprah Winfrey, Eric Clapton, Richard Brandson, Timothy Dalton, and Giorgio Armani own houses here. It is factual that Antigua is one of the best Caribbean islands for celebrity spotting.
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