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St John's is the busiest resort on Antigua. With around 45,000 residents and many visitors every day, St John's is a bustling commercial centre which is also the home of many historic sites. The duty free shops make it a popular venue for day trippers from other parts of the island and it's a regular stopping point for cruise ships. Popular with all ages, St Johns accommodates families as well as singles and couples. The closest beaches to St John's are on the Five Islands peninsular, which is the area where the best hotels can also be found but it is a gated area so isn't easily accessible to general visitors.
Beyond the Five Islands peninsular are the historical attractions of The Museum of Antigua and Bermuda and the well known Nelson's Dockyard in English Harbour. The dockyard is the only Georgian style dockyard still in use and is excellently preserved. Alongside the museum you will find many shops and restaurants to relax in after a days sightseeing.
For the family the sailing and snorkelling trips available are great value and go down well with the children. Most leave from Dickenson Bay or Jolly Harbour or on Fig Tree Drive there is a rainforest canopy zip-line tour which is great fun for a day out. In Seaton Village is the Stingray Centre where you can interact with the one of the Ocean's major predators.
Plenty of duty free bargains can be found in the shops of Heritage Quay although the most charming local shops can be found at Redcliffe Quay. The Cedars pottery and Rhythm of Blue Gallery in English Harbour produce high quality local wares which make excellent souvenirs.
Much of the island's nightlife is in English Harbour. The island has three Casinos and the closest to St John's is the Kings Casino. Sunday afternoon barbecues are a popular destination on Shirley Heights; these go on well into the night with a steel band and are very popular with locals as well as visitors.
Eating out in Antigua is a pleasant experience; especially if you enjoy fresh fish, Lobster and Red Snapper being the most popular dishes. For those missing home, a British breakfast is still available at most resorts.
The Five Islands area is fairly isolated so if you want to travel away from your resort then a car is almost essential. Organised tours are also available and are a popular option to those who don't wish to drive on holiday. Taxis on the island are fixed rate although costs soon mount up if you are using them regularly.
Antigua has a pleasant all year round climate and is relatively warm and dry for most of the time, but the months between June and November are tropical storm times and even the odd hurricane may pass through, so for guaranteed weather it's best to avoid the main British summertime.