A Gem of the Lesser Antilles and an Important Caribbean Center
The largest city and the capital of Antigua and Barbuda, St John has been an important center for commerce ever since it was established in 1632. Today, St John, Antigua, is not only the administrative center of the country, but also a tourist center that attracts lots of visitors interested in the long and rich past of the area and want to explore the unique natural beauties of the Lesser Antilles.
The cityscape of St John consists of modern buildings, large baroque buildings and fortresses, such as Fort James that guards the entrance to the city or the nearby Fort Shirley or Fort George.
The climate of St John features even temperatures the year around, with daily mean temperatures around 25-27 degrees centigrade, but the first half of the year is significantly drier than the period from August to December. Despite the differences, the weather is suitable for outdoor activities all year round – the best snorkeling places are in Cades Reef, and there are numerous safaris that depart from St John and take interested visitors to the wonderful and rugged inland areas of Antigua.