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The hub of the Caribbean, holidays to St John’s

Located on the northwestern coast of Antigua is St John’s, the country’s capital, chief port and commercial hub. Hailing from the days of the commonwealth, Antigua is a mixture of British heritage and a predominantly Caribbean culture. Explore what this interesting capital has to offer or take some time out and visit one of the many dazzling beaches. For a laid back break with some colourful culture, look no further than a holiday to St John’s.

A Vibrant Capital – holidays to St John’s

On arrival, the sight of the magnificent white Baroque towers of St John’s Cathedral dominating the skyline will blow visitors away. Once within the city, appreciate the wonderful colonial architecture and take to the meandering streets with the flocks of visitors from cruise ships.

Shopping is a must on a holiday to St John’s. Heritage Quay offers two floors of duty free shops right by the sea. Anything from souvenirs to designer watches is available. If you’re after something a little more local, then the raucous Farmer’s Market on Friday and Saturday mornings is a must. You can get your hands on folk crafts, fresh fruits and souvenirs whilst enjoying the buzzing atmosphere.

Other attractions on a holiday to St John’s include the Rum Distillery and the Lighthouse at the city harbour. For quiet refuge away from the hustle and bustle then try a picnic in the shaded Botanical Gardens, or head to one of the nearby beaches. Popular Fort James beach is a must-visit for families. Here you can try your hand at the watersports on offer or enjoy the fresh seafood restaurants while watching the sunset.

For a more secluded experience on a holiday to St John’s take a day trip to the quieter beaches on the southern coast. A good choice is Half Moon Bay, situated within a National Park. The nearby ruins offer brilliant opportunities for snorkelling and to see tropical fish in the clear azure sea.

Food on a holiday to St John’s is a mixture of international and authentic gastronomy suited to most budgets. The Caribbean cuisine is a must-try with seasoned rice and an array of fresh seafood such as lobster, tuna, and barracuda on offer. Wash it all down with some locally made rum and beer. Some venues have live music but for post-dinner entertainment there’s a lot on offer in the capital, with bars, casinos and nightclubs. The local music scene is vibrant – dance the night away to soca, reggae, dancehall and calypso.

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Soak up the local culture or hit the beaches for a dose of much needed R and R – there’s the opportunity for sun, sea, sand and sightseeing on holidays to St John’s. With palm fringed beaches and clear blue waters just a stone’s throw away from a lively hub, shopping and sunbathing can be done all in a day’s work. Book all your holidays to the Caribbean with lastmimute.com