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How to Spend 1 Day in St. John’s

How to Spend 1 Day in St. John’s

About half the population of Antigua lives in St. John’s, the historic capital city on the shore of a sheltered bay. A day gives you enough time to tour the town’s historic attractions, see some of the island, and hit the beaches that make Antigua famous. Here are some tips for how to spend the ultimate 24 hours in St. John’s.

Morning: Island Safari

Get oriented on Antigua this morning with a round-island tour by 4WD vehicle. You’ll cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, with stops at notable island landmarks such as Pot Works, Betty’s Hope, Devil’s Bridge, and Long Bay Beach. Most tours start and end in St. John’s, so save some time for a stroll around town. Don’t miss Heritage Quay, the vegetable market, and the bustling town center, where you can pick up a range of local gifts and souvenirs. History buffs might opt instead for a tour of the historic Fort James site by Segway.

Afternoon: Under the Sea

To truly appreciate the appeal of Antigua, you have to spend some time in the water. This afternoon is all about fun in the sun. Take a boat ride to Stingray City for the chance to swim with gentle stingrays in their natural habitat, spend some time snorkeling in Cades Reef, or try something new on a sea-scooter snorkeling tour—an excellent way to view wildlife in Antigua’s underwater wonderland. Alternatively, head to one of Antigua’s many blissful beaches—Galley Bay, Ffryes Beach, and Half Moon Bay among them—for a little relaxation beneath the Caribbean sun.

Night: Sunset Sail

Polish off your perfect day in St. John’s with a sunset cruise around the island. Hop aboard a catamaran for cocktails and appetizers as you watch the sun sink below the horizon, all to the sounds of soft music. Once you’re back on solid ground, sit down for a seafood dinner at one of St. John’s many restaurants, and if you still have energy to burn, head to the King’s Casino for an evening of retro gaming, dancing, and live music to wrap up your island time.

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Turtle Beach Power Snorkeling Adventure
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Turtle Beach Power Snorkeling Adventure

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Sea scooter snorkeling tours are popular shore excursion for visitors docked at St. John cruise ports. After your guide and captain provide a sea scooter tutorial, dive in and propel through the water, taking in diverse ocean life around you along the way. In addition to souvenir photos, light snacks and beverages are included.
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  • 2 hours
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City of St John's Sightseeing Tour

City of St John's Sightseeing Tour

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Take in the top sights in Saint John’s during this 3-hour sightseeing visit to the city’s top attractions. Stop by the most popular spots in the capital, including Heritage Quay, the vegetable market, the town center and more as you soak up the unique architecture and Caribbean vibes of this charming urban area. Your Saint John’s excursion also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Island Safari and Stingray Fantasy Antigua

Island Safari and Stingray Fantasy Antigua

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Get up close and personal with the wildlife of Antigua on this 4-hour combination safari tour and Stingray City visit. Start your excursion with a backcountry ride through the lush countryside of Antigua in a 4x4 Land Rover Defender, as you look to observe exotic plants and animals not visible anywhere else on the island. Then complete your wildlife exploration with a trip to Stingray City, where you’ll get to swim and feed some of these fascinating (and gentle) marine animals. Your wildlife adventure also includes a guide, lunch, beverages and round-trip transportation from your hotel.
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