Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in St John's

Museum of Antigua & Barbuda

In the stately 1750 courthouse, this modest museum traces the history of Antigua from its geologic origins to its political independence in 1981. The hodgepodge of objects includes an Arawak canoe, models of sugar p…
Top Choice Historic Site in English Harbour

Nelson’s Dockyard

This extensively restored Georgian-era marina has been in operation since 1745 and is Antigua's top sightseeing draw. Once home of the British Royal Navy, it was abandoned in 1889 following a decline in the island's…
Top Choice Beach in Jolly Harbour To Cades Bay

Hermitage Bay

This dreamy secluded arc punctuates the end of a 2½-mile-long road (the last two are graded dirt road). Wave-tossed shells litter the white sand that remains largely crowd-free despite being next to an ultraposh res…
Historic Site in Antigua

Betty’s Hope

Antigua's first sugar plantation, built in 1674, sits on a quiet hill south of Pares. You can poke around the stone windmills (one restored) and remnants of the boiling house, the distillery, the Great House and oth…
Seafood in St John's

Papa Zouk

This ramshackle Creole joint is famous for its fish soup, vast rum selection and high-energy vibe. Try the signature Ti Punch, a habit-forming concoction made with marinated rum.
International in St John's


Enjoy fine casual fare on the breezy 2nd-floor veranda at this popular restaurant-bar in an 1829 building. Start the day with cinnamon-scented banana pancakes, move on to salads and sandwiches at lunchtime and finis…
Pizza in St John's

Big Banana

Both locals and visitors have been lusting after Banana’s thin-crust pizzas for about a quarter century. Match your appetite to one of the four sizes and gobble up your pie in the patio or inside amid pictures of Ch…
International in St John's

C&C Wine Bar

The C's stand for Cutie and Claudine, the adorable proprietors of this cozy courtyard bar specializing in South African wines that are matched by such tasty nibbles as coconut shrimp and daily blackboard specials. '…
Caribbean in St John's

Roti King

This little shack does brisk business all day long with its mouthwatering roti bulging with curried chicken, shrimp, veggies or conch. Try them with a homemade juice.
Supermarket in St John's


Upscale market caters to expats; it has fresh local foods and imported international foods. It’s in the Woods Centre shopping mall. Get there by going north on Cross St, which turns into Friars Hill Rd north of Newg…