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St. John's, Antigua

St. John's is the capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda, a country located in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea. With a population of 24,226 (2000), St. John's is the commercial center of the country and the chief port of the island of Antigua.

St. John's is one of the most developed and cosmopolitan municipalities in the Lesser Antilles. The city is famous for its various shopping malls as well as boutiques throughout the city, selling designer jewelry and haute-couture clothing. There are also many independent, locally run establishments, selling a variety of fashions.

St. John's attracts tourists from the many exclusive resorts on the island and from the cruise ships which dock in its harbor at Heritage Quay and Redcliffe Quay several times a week.

The investment banking industry has a strong presence in the city. Many major world financial institutions have offices in St. John's.


Most cruise ships dock at Antigua's Heritage Quay.


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Bright-colored flowers are common across Antigua

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Artwork inside Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua.


Horatio Hornblower is a fictional Royal Navy officer, and the subject of films, radio and television programs. This painting of Hornblower is on display inside Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua. dot

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Marimba bands often welcome cruise ship visitors to their colorful, friendly island.
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A welcoming visitor center adjacent to the cruise ship port in St. John's, Antigua
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A rural Catholic Church on the island of Antigua,
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Across the island of Antigua shades of pink and blue are used on many buildings, and this gate is a good example.
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Quiet protected bays are found across Antigua, and many are havens for tourists.

Now here's a resort I would love to stay at. How's this for a quiet little corner of our planet?
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Nelson's Dockyard is a cultural heritage site and marina in English Harbor, Antigua. It is part of Nelson's Dockyard National Park, and touring the original buildings is a must-do if you visit the island. Named after Admiral Horatio Nelson, who lived in the Dockyard from 1784 through 1787, Nelson's Dockyard is home to some of Antigua's sailing and yachting events such as Antigua Sailing Week and the Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting.
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On my 2013 Christmas cruise through the Caribbean, this was my favorite piece of artwork for sale. Stunning.
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I met Evelyn in St. John's. She sells hats near the port and of course I bought one. I mean, how could I say no to her?

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This page was last updated on June 16, 2020.