When your Caribbean cruise docks in St. John’s, you’ll discover Antigua is full of surprises, from colorful colonial architecture that showcases a historic past of French and English influence to endless opportunities to explore the island’s crystal clear waters. Antigua shore excursions will show you every side of the island, whether that’s jam-packed with adventures or a lazy day of beach hopping.
For a more laid-back experience of the island, take tours of Antigua’s historic sites, like St. John’s Cathedral, Fort James, and Fort Barrington. All three are located in the center of St. John’s, and entrance to Fort James is free. Fort Barrington is famous for panoramic views of the city, so don’t miss the chance to climb to the top. Then, grab snacks or fresh produce at Public Market for a taste of how the locals live, where the weekends bustle with activity and vendors of every variety. Shopping at the commercial hub of Heritage Quay is a must, particularly for duty-free goods and local souvenirs. Of course, you could spend your entire time in Antigua on one (or several!) of its 365 beaches, whether that’s relaxing beachside with a tropical drink in hand, or swimming the warm Caribbean waters.
Adventure-seekers will be drawn to the dramatic landscape. Traipse through the island’s lush rainforest while on your Antigua shore excursions, where you can book an adrenaline-filled zipline adventure through a nature preserve. When you’re booking St. John's cruise excursions, don’t forget a luxurious catamaran tour of the island, where you’ll spend several hours sailing the island by boat. Snorkel in the Caribbean Sea and catch sights of the English Harbor, all while indulging in snacks and drinks that typically come included in your excursion fee.
Before you head back to the cruise ship, Antigua shore excursions aren’t complete without trying local delicacies like callaloo, saltfish, and fungi (pronounced foon-ji). Fresh-caught fish is a staple on the menus in St. John’s, so seafood lovers will have plenty of choices. Antigua is also world-famous for its local rum. Sip on Antiguan rum or book a distillery tour and tasting while you’re there.