A yacht-studded coastline, great shopping, verdant rain forest, and rich history prove there’s more to Antigua than just spectacular white-sand beaches.
Cruise ships dock at either Finger Pier at Heritage Quay or Nevis Street Pier at Redcliffe Quay. Both are in the heart of St. John’s, the capital of Antigua and its largest city. Almost half of the island’s residents live in St. John’s, so the streets can be bustling during the day—especially when there are a few cruise ships in port.
Best of Antigua
A yacht-studded coastline, great shopping, verdant rainforest, and rich history prove there’s more to Antigua than just spectacular white-sand beaches.
Dickenson Bay Beach: Located about 15 minutes from the cruise port, this stretch of sand is one of Antigua’s best beaches, thanks to its fully loaded resort experience. Betty’s Hope: Two restored stone windmill towers are relics from the first large sugar plantation on Antigua at this open-air museum. English Harbour: The historic district is home to Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, the former base of the British Royal Navy. Today, it’s the only working Georgian dockyard in the world.
Don’t forget the sunscreen. Antigua is the sunniest of the eastern Caribbean islands.
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The top shops are steps from the dock in Heritage Quay, a multimillion-dollar shopping haven.
Emeralds, watches, electronics, china, English linens, local artwork, handicrafts, jewelry, and designer gems found only on Antigua.
The East Caribbean dollar, and most places accept US dollars.
For restaurants, tip 10 percent for good service.
English is the official language, but many locals speak Antiguan Creole.