St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda
Walking Tour of St. John's
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Approximately 2½ Hours
There’s no better way to get to know a city than to walk through it. Today, the history and culture of St John’s will be at your feet, along with some great shopping and dining.
Take advantage of this superb, enjoyable way to familiarize yourself with the general layout of the capital and also to glean little-known facts and anecdotes about its landmarks, buildings, churches, monuments, streets, merchants, trade, architecture and history.
Set out from the pier with your professional guide on a walk prepared by the Historical Society of the Museum of Antigua & Barbuda -- an organization dedicated to the preservation of the town's wonderful historic buildings, architectural designs and places of interest. St John's is often praised for its original grid layout dating back to 1788. The major thoroughfares run east to west, with the smaller cross streets running north-south. Although some original structures have suffered the ravages of hurricanes, earthquakes and fire, enough still exist today to give you a true sense of history and flavor of this beautiful and proud city, which slopes gently down to the sea.
True Old-World charm and elegance lingers in the architecture -- Georgian, Romantic, Victorian, Vernacular and International -- bearing special features such as verandahs, hurricane shutters, lattice-work, fretwork and Demerara windows. You will truly be captivated by the colorful wooden buildings and amazed that so many of today’s stores, restaurants and outlets in St John’s have been carefully refurbished to retain and enhance original features.
Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen. Wear comfortable walking shoes.