The Lovely Island of St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda
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 & Barbuda. The city of St. John’s has approximately 31,000 residents and is the capital of Antigua & Barbuda. It is often a stop for cruises throughout the Caribbean. This is how I visited Antigua & Barbuda.
Things to Do in St. John’s, Antigua
The shopping in St. John’s, Antigua is interesting. You will find kiosks selling traditional souvenirs all over the place, but the do-not-miss opportunities are the fantastic art galleries. We found one wroth visiting atop a book store and only by chance. Here, I found my perfect souvenir to take home painted by a revered New York City artist. The canvas features three Caribbean ladies wearing colorful dresses and kerchiefs sitting on a knoll surrounded by palm trees. The artist gladly signed the piece 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 Pepper Pot, a native dish resembling a thick stew, often with eggplant, spinach, okra, onions, spices, and a variety of meats. You will also find a great selection of tropical drinks at most eateries.
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 Branson, 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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