Within Walking Distance
Your Carnival cruise to Antigua will bring you to Sleepy St. John's, the capital of Antigua. Here the streets are lined with cobblestone sidewalks and weather-beaten wooden houses. The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, in a circa-1750 courthouse, exhibits African-Caribbean pottery and artifacts from pre-Columbian times up through the naval, sugar, and slavery eras. A couple of blocks uphill, the 1847 St. John's Anglican Cathedral dominates the skyline with its aluminum-tipped twin spires.
Beyond the Port Area
English ships took refuge in the island’s protected harbor as early as 1671, and during the 18th century the dockyard was a beehive of privateers, pirates, and epic sea battles. Southeast of St. John’s in English Harbour, is the restored dockyard of Admiral Nelson’s headquarters from 1784 to 1787, which remains the only Georgian naval base still in use. While in the Harbour, visit the Dockyard Museum and a yachting center.
In the island’s center, you will find zip lines strung above lush treetops. Excursions from Antigua Canopy Tour and Canopy Tour & Challenge Course provide views of the Rainforest and give adventuresome Caribbean cruisers the chance to fly through the trees. For a panoramic view of English Harbour and the French island of Guadeloupe, stop at Shirley Heights Lookout or see the picturesque ruins of an 18th-century sugar mill at Betty’s Hope, on the island’s east side. On the island’s extreme eastern tip, Devil’s Bridge is one of Antigua’s most photographed natural wonders.
Beaches in Antigua
Antiguans claim that the island is home to 365 beaches, one for each day of the year. Closest to St. John’s, Fort James Beach, a 5-minute taxi ride from your Carnival cruise to Antigua, is popular with both locals and tourists. Scenic Beach Horseback Riding offers an equestrian ride on several beautiful beaches. For a tropical view, set sail along the beautiful coastline with a Deluxe Lobster Lunch & Champagne Cruise or Catamaran Sail & Snorkel. A short cab ride from the dock is bustling Dickenson Bay’s calm waters, and Beach Escape can provide you with umbrellas and hammocks for a more secluded and romantic island adventure.
Shopping in Antigua
Your Carnival, Caribbean cruise to Antigua docks near the old sugar, coffee, and tobacco warehouses at Radcliffe Quay. These historic buildings have been smartly repurposed as a shopping complex, with an array of boutiques and restaurants. For local color, head to the Public Market, where vendors sell fresh fruits and vegetables and you can browse for Antiguan pottery and baskets.