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Saint John's

Travel Guide Caribbean Antigua and Barbuda Saint John's

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Introduction

Saint John's is the capital of Antigua and Barbuda and is located on the north coast of the island of Antigua. The town has around 32,000 inhabitants and apart from being the administrative centre is also functions as major port town. The government has been residing here since the independence of the country in 1981. Being one of the largest places in the region, it has good facilities with hotels and restaurants and a good deal of historical and cultural buildings, like the national museum, the cathedral, churches and of course nearby beaches.

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Sights and Activities

  • Museum of Antigua and Barbuda
  • Lighthouse
  • St. John's Cathedral
  • Fort James

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Weather

Saint John's has a pleasantly warm and tropical climate with generally hot and humid weather. From June to October is both the hot and wet season with temperatures around or above 30 °C during the day and still above 25 °C at night. The cooler but drier period of December to May averages around 27 °C during the day and just above 20 °C at night. Most rain falls from July onwards, but even in the dry season showers are possible. Hurricanes can strike from August onwards.

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Getting There

By Plane

V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) is near Saint John's and receives a number of international flights. Leeward Islands Air Transport (LIAT), the national airlines of Antigua and Barbuda serves many islands in the Caribbean and destinations include Anguilla, Barbados, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Other airlines are Carib Aviation to and from Barbuda, Montserrat and Dominica, and several airlines fly directly from Toronto, New York, London and Frankfurt.

Carib Aviation flies daily between Saint John's on Antigua and Barbuda.

By Boat

The Antigua to Barbuda Ferry takes 1hr 30mins and the ferry departs at 8.30am on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from Saint John's, arriving at River Dock, Barbuda. The return service from Barbuda departs at 3.15pm on the same days. On Tuesdays and Fridays the service departs Antigua at 4.45pm and returns the following day from Barbuda at 6.30pm. Reservations can be made by phone (001 268 464 9453).

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Getting Around

Many Taxi services exist and one may even rent a car. For the traveller on a budget The bus service is pretty reliable. (Ask Locals for assistance.)

Bike Plus (Independence Dr, St John’s, Tel: 462-2453, www.bikeplusantigua.com) rents out a range of bikes.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Anchorage InnAnchorage Road P.O.Box 249Hotel-
HBK Villa RentalsJolly Beach Resort, P.O. Box 1793Guesthouse-
Inn La GalleriaFive IslandsHotel69
The Cappuccino LoungePO Box 1148 Nelsons AlleyGuesthouse-

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Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

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