SAINT JOHN'S

Antigua and Barbuda

Saint 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 81,799, St. John's is the commercial centre of the nation and the chief port of the island of Antigua.

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Saint 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 81,799, St. John's is the commercial centre of the nation and the chief port of the island of Antigua.

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POPULATION : City:  81,799 
FOUNDED :  Colonised 1632
TIME ZONE : AST (UTC-4)  
LANGUAGE : English (official)
RELIGION : Anglican 25.7%, Seventh Day Adventist 12.3%, Pentecostal 10.6%, Moravian 10.5%, Roman Catholic 10.4%, Methodist 7.9%, Baptist 4.9%, Church of God 4.5%, other Christian 5.4%, other 7.8%
AREA : 10 km2 (4 sq mi)
ELEVATION : 0 m (0 ft)
COORDINATES : 17°07′N 61°51′W
SEX RATIO : Male: 47.77%  
 Female: 52.23%
ETHNIC : black 91%, mixed 4.4%, white 1.7%, other 2.9%
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Tourism

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 jewellery 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 harbour at Heritage Quay and Redcliffe Quay several times a week.

Several museums, including the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda and the Museum of Marine Art, a small facility containing fossilised bedrock, volcanic stones, petrified wood, a collection of more than 10,000 shells, and artefacts from several English shipwrecks.

Just east of St. John's is the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, a multi-use stadium in North Sound, that was created mostly for cricket matches, and has hosted the matches during the 2007 Cricket World Cup. The Antigua Recreation Ground, Antigua and Barbuda's national stadium, is located in St. John's.

THINGS TO SEE:

Carnival - annual festival from late July to early August.

Cricket - Antigua's big sport. Played at the Recreation Ground, matches are accompanied by calypso music and mass dancing!

THINGS TO DO:

  • Sample local cuisine and drinks.
  • Mingle with the locals and don't be afraid to ask directions.
  • See the island attractions.
  • Gamble if you're into that.
  • Go to one of the many clubs and I mean Many!
  • Enjoy your trip!

History

The settlement of St. John's has been the administrative centre of Antigua and Barbuda since the islands were first colonised in 1632, and it became the seat of government when the nation achieved independence in 1981. Saint John is also the capital of Antigua.

Climate

Climate data for St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)31.2
(88.2)
31.8
(89.2)
32.9
(91.2)
32.7
(90.9)
34.1
(93.4)
32.9
(91.2)
33.5
(92.3)
34.9
(94.8)
34.3
(93.7)
33.2
(91.8)
32.6
(90.7)
31.5
(88.7)
34.9
(94.8)
Average high °C (°F)28.3
(82.9)
28.4
(83.1)
28.8
(83.8)
29.4
(84.9)
30.2
(86.4)
30.6
(87.1)
30.9
(87.6)
31.2
(88.2)
31.1
(88)
30.6
(87.1)
29.8
(85.6)
28.8
(83.8)
29.8
(85.6)
Daily mean °C (°F)25.4
(77.7)
25.2
(77.4)
25.6
(78.1)
26.3
(79.3)
27.2
(81)
27.9
(82.2)
28.2
(82.8)
28.3
(82.9)
28.1
(82.6)
27.5
(81.5)
26.8
(80.2)
25.9
(78.6)
26.9
(80.4)
Average low °C (°F)22.4
(72.3)
22.2
(72)
22.7
(72.9)
23.4
(74.1)
24.5
(76.1)
25.3
(77.5)
25.3
(77.5)
25.5
(77.9)
25.0
(77)
24.4
(75.9)
23.9
(75)
23.0
(73.4)
24.0
(75.2)
Record low °C (°F)15.5
(59.9)
16.6
(61.9)
17.0
(62.6)
16.6
(61.9)
17.8
(64)
19.7
(67.5)
20.6
(69.1)
19.3
(66.7)
20.0
(68)
20.0
(68)
17.7
(63.9)
16.1
(61)
15.5
(59.9)
              
Source: Antigua/Barbuda Meteorological Services

Economy

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

There is a market on the southwestern edge of the city where fresh produce, meats, and fresh fish are sold daily.

The Antigua Rum Distillery is located at the Citadel and is the only rum distillery on the island. Annual production yields more than 180,000 gallons bottled.

Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By plane

VC Bird International Airport is situated a few kilometers away, and has regular flights to UK, U.S. and other Caribbean islands.

Transportation - Get In

By cruise ship

Many tourists arrive by Cruise ship to spend the day. Most ships dock at large piers that empty into downtown through an open-air shopping mall.


Transportation - Get 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 from US$ 17.50 per day (Year 2010).

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Shopping

  • 1000 Flowers - good clothes store
  • Clothes many clothing stores exist.
  • Electronics such as cameras.
  • Memorabilia like T-shirts, ornaments etc. from the vendors.
  • Local cuisine.

Restaurants

Many restaurants exist in the St. John's area. And Bars are littered around the island. Ask for your favourite beer and they will most likely have it.

  • Big BananaRedcliffe Street+1 268 480-6985, +1 268 480-6967fax: 480-6989. 7:00-21:00 daily.
  • Café NapoleonRedcliffe Quay, in the shaded inner courtyard,  +1 268 562-1820. Monday-Saturday 8:00-17:00. French cuisine, including baguettes
  • Commissioner GrillCommissioner Alley and Redcliffe Street+1 268 462-1883fax: 462-1856. 10:00-23:00 daily. Caribbean cuisine
  • George Restaurant and BarRedcliffe and Market Streets, 1st floor+1 268 562-4866. 8:30-23:00 daily. West Indian cuisine, has a big outdoor area with a view of the ocean
  • Hemingway's CaféSt. Mary's Street and Jardine Court,  +1 268 462-2763fax: 560-1669, e-mail: . 8:30-23:00 daily. Caribbean cuisine
  • O'Grady's Pub & BarRedcliffe and Nevis Streets, 1st floor veranda+1 268 462-5392. Closed Sundays. Traditional English cuisine

Sights & Landmarks

  • Carnival - annual festival from late July to early August.
  • Cricket - Antigua's big sport. Played at the Recreation Ground, matches are accompanied by calypso music and mass dancing!

Museums & Galleries

Several museums, including the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda and the Museum of Marine Art, a small facility containing fossilised bedrock, volcanic stones, petrified wood, a collection of more than 10,000 shells, and artefacts from several English shipwrecks.

Things to do

  • Sample local cuisine and drinks.
  • Mingle with the locals and don't be afraid to ask directions.
  • See the island attractions.
  • Gamble if you're into that.
  • Go to one of the many clubs and I mean Many!
  • Enjoy your trip!

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