Wednesday, January 12, 2011

St. Johns, Antigua

It has been a while since I went out last in St. Johns, Antigua and I forgot how beautiful it is here. It is quite a big city, 31000 inhabitants and of course the main income is the cruise industry. We were lucky, only two ships in total where docked, and it was already full with tourists, imagine when there are even more ships.

Antigua was discovered by Christophe Columbus, like many of the Caribbean islands and today is a cosmopolitan island with St. Thomas as a landmark with many fine dining restaurants, fashion spots and good life.
Not too far away (about 40 minutes drive) is the tropical rain forest. An amazing place to go, unfortunately I did not have enough time to do so. The best way to see the rain forest is by a canopy tour. One zip lines from place to place and can experience the rain forest at its best. The cost is $85 per person plus getting there of course. There are many places selling tours just at the port, so one can just shop around a little bit.
Town itself is very nice, of course with the landmark cathedral, St. Thomas. It is worth the little climb up the hill to the cathedral as the view is great from there, one can see the entire city from up there. The Cathedral was closed at the time I was there, but hopefully will be re-opened soon.
Of course there are the usual beautiful beaches and resorts, a lovely place to spend a great vacation which is relaxing and fun at the same time. We are off again, sailing to St. Maarten, our last stop in the Saints cruise. I am not sure if I have time to get out as we have a conference call with head office and after there is not too much time left to go all the way to St. Maarten. Next time we will go out again, that time we want to go over to the French side, so stay tuned for more.

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