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Harmony Hall

Harmony hall in Antigua is a restored 1843 plantation house and sugar mill overlooking Nonsuch Bay. It is a great place to go and have lunch and pick up some historical souvenirs, they also have local Caribbean artist selling paintings and other arts and crafts.

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The Goldsmitty

The Goldsmitty studio is located at the newly restored Redcliffe Quay on the waterfront in St. John's. A selection of gemstones (Imperial Topaz, Black Opal, Bicolour Tourmaline, and Tanzanite, to mention a few) and pearls (including the Tahitian Black), for one-of-a-kind pieces, is available as well as limited edition jewelry.

St. John's , 268-462-4601

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Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery

Situated in the heart of the rainforest the Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery provides a fabulous opportunity to purchase original artwork directly from the various Caribbean artists. There is a wide range of paintings and crafts on sale, and this gallery is a must to anyone visiting Antigua. Open Monday to Saturday 9:30 am to 5,30 pm (November to June)

St. John's , 268-460-1234

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Exotic Antigua

Exotic Antigua is located just outside the ship in the shopping village. they carry a fine selection of woman's and men's clothing at duty free prices.

St.Johns , 268-562-1288

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Rhythm of Blue Art Gallery

The “Rhythm of Blue” Art Gallery hosts an exclusive exhibition of Nancy Nicholson's art and a captivating display of other talented Caribbean artists. Nestled between Nelson’s Dockyard and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina, the Gallery is located alongside other interesting seaside galleries, shops and restaurants. Come and browse through our gallery where you will discover colorful paintings, pottery, hand-crafted silver and gold jewelry, calabash, copper sculpture, photographs, prints and greeting cards.

English Harbour , 268-562-2230

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Located in the heart of the duty free shopping plaza, Heritage Quay, Shades is proud to offer the best selection of designer and sporty sunglasses to protect your eyes from the hot Caribbean sun. Brands such as Gucci, Dior, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana to the best sports models from Maui Jim, Oakley & Rayban. Find duty free pricing and the latest styles of sunglasses in this combination store.

Heritage Quay St. John's , 2685625662

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Sterlings, as the name suggests, specializes in sterling silver jewellery, but also offers beautiful designs also in 14kt, 18kt and stainless steel. The owner prides herself in having a store with a difference and travels extensively to find those pieces of jewellery to fit your style.

306 heritage quay St johns , Antigua , 2685627080

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We offer the largest selection of swimwear in the Caribbean at DUTY FREE prices! Here you can find every style imaginable for ladies (sizes 4 to 26), men (sizes up to 4XL) and all ages of children. If you arrive by ship into Deep Water Harbour, then you are only a minute's walk away from our second floor store in Heritage Quay.

St. John's , 1 268 462 4523

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Heritage Quay

Antigua's premier shopping and entertainment complex is a well-maintained neighborhood close to the cruise ship piers which features some 40 duty-free shops and an arcade for local artists and craftspeople.

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Columbian Emeralds

Colombian Emeralds is one of the largest jewelry stores in the Caribbean featuring Diamonds and jewelry along with a wide selection of fine watches for men and women. located just foot steps off the cruise ship make sure to pick up your duty free shopping at this location.

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English Harbour

English Harbour is the main town in the South of the island which is known for being the heart of the Antiguan Yachting community.The main village in the South of the island is English Harbour and a wide selection of gift shops, clothing and food stores.Most stores are based in and around either in Nelson's Dockyard, or Falmouth Harbour Marina.

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Jolly Harbour

Jolly Harbour Shopping area is located just a few minutes away from Jolly beach. This is a small commercial center that offers locals and tourist a place to pick all there day to day needs.

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Australian Homemade

The Australian Homemade Shop is the newest and most exciting place to buy ice cream and sorbet in St. Johns.Freshly made everyday on the spot,with all naturall ingredients, Chocolate chip , pistachio, macadamia nut, banana, vanilla, chocolate, mocha, papaya to name a few - We serve fresh baked waffles and ice cream cones for you to eat with your sorbets and ice creams, and offer a superb choice of coffees, mochas, chilled coffees, teas and soft drinks. For a moment of pure indulgence stop by our shop Monday to Saturday 9 am to 10 pm, or Sundays 3 pm to 9 pm and discover your favourite flavour.

St. John's , 268) 462 - 1941

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there isn't much shopping in Antigua aside form a cool local market that sells arts and crafts. You can find some nice local painting of Caribbean backdrops and other souvenirs to take back. if you missed out on your diamond shopping or other jewelry needs i think there is a Colombian emeralds there but i have noticed before that the prices are not as good as for example in St Thomas or St Maarten

Jul 05, 2014

Honestly i dont really go to Antigua to Shop but if it is your last port and you forgot to buy that something special they do have a Diamonds international which has just about all your Jewelry and watch needs. They have a small craft market for souvenirs near the port. If you are really looking for good shopping try St Maarten or St Thomas.

Jun 10, 2014

I didn't find the shopping to be so good in Antigua, I love the beaches though.

Jun 29, 2010
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Info on Antigua

Antigua is the largest of the British Leeward Islands in the East Caribbean 17deg north of the equator, with Montserrat and Guadaloupe to the south and Nevis, St Kitts and St Maarten to north-west. A main business and communications center of the Caribbean. Once dependent on sugar, now relies on cotton and tourism. Capital is St John's.

The islands' main attractions are relaxation, historical sights, deep-sea fishing, golf and tennis, sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling, windsurfing, beautiful beaches, bicycling, horseback riding, cricket, yachting, casinos and friendly people. If you enjoy excellent beaches, food and water sports - and are not on a strict budget - Antigua and Barbuda are for you.
In fact, Antigua has 365 beaches - one for every day of the year!


Antigua's St John's Harbour has been dredged in a US $22million project to upgrade the area and accommodate the new generation of bigger cruise ships calling since October 2001. Passenger arrivals expected to increase from 460,000 in 2001 to 600,000 in 2002.
Other plans for this project include building a new pier, upgrading and renovation of Heritage Quay dock to handle even larger vessels, extension of the boardwalk from Heritage Quay to Redcliffe Quay, a new waterfront shopping complex and an upgrade of shoreside facilities, such as parking areas and taxi stands.


Antigua & Barbuda comprises three islands - Antigua, Barbuda and Redonda. They are low-lying and volcanic in origin.
Antigua's coastline curves into a multitude of coves and harbours. Barbuda lies about 40km (25 miles) north of Antigua and is an unspoiled natural haven for wild deer and exotic birds. Its 8km-long (5-mile) beach is reputed to be among the most beautiful in the world.

The island's village capital, Codrington, was named after the Gloucestershire family that once leased Barbuda from the British Crown for the price of 'one fat pig per year if asked for'. There are excellent beaches and the ruins of some of the earliest plantations in the West Indies. The coastal waters are rich with all types of crustaceans and tropical fish.
Redonda, smallest in the group, is little more than an uninhabited rocky islet. It lies about 40km (25 miles) south-west of Antigua.

When To Go

Temperatures are usually warm in Antigua and Barbuda. Daytime range 75-80F/25-30C and nights about 10F/5C cooler. Summer temperatures are a bit hotter.
The islands are among the driest in the Caribbean and it's often sunny and arid with a pleasant breeze blowing. Exception to this is hurricane season (July-October), when it's cloudier, hotter and more humid.


If you're unfamiliar with Antigua, know this: Robin Leach of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous has a home there. Needless to say, the island has some of the most luxurious villas and exclusive resorts in the Caribbean and is a favorite destination for yachters.

Those who have yet to be either rich or famous will find that Antigua has more moderately priced hotels than its high-end neighbors, Anguilla and St. Barts.
And there's more to do than just luxuriate because Antigua boasts two first-rate historic sights - Nelson's Dockyard and Betty's Hope Estate - and Barbuda is more a bird sanctuary than a lavish resort isle.

The Siboney Indians originally inhabited Antigua and Barbuda and were succeeded by the Arawak. In turn, they were forced out by the cannibalistic Caribs. Christopher Columbus named Antigua in 1493 but attempts by the Spanish and French to colonize the islands failed.

They remained unsettled by Europeans until the 1630s, when the British established a colony on Antigua. Famous British Admiral Horatio Nelson figures large at tourist spots but it all really began with another Briton, Sir Christopher Codrington, who arrived on the island in 1684 - 100 years before Nelson - to see if it could support the sort of large-scale sugar cultivation already flourishing elsewhere in the Caribbean.

He soon proved it could. Over the next 50 years the industry exploded on the island and, by the mid-18th Century, it was dotted with more than 150 cane-processing windmills, each supporting a big plantation.
Nearly 100 of these picturesque stone towers still survive today serving as houses, bars, restaurants and shops across the island. At Betty's Hope - Codrington's original sugar estate - visitors can see a fully restored sugar mill.
Unlike many Caribbean Islands, Antigua and Barbuda were not subjected to numerous changes of government in the colonial period. Except for a brief period of French rule, they were held by the English from the early 1600s until they achieved independence in 1981.

By the end of the 18th Century, Antigua had become an important strategic port as well as a valuable commercial colony. It became known as "The Gateway to the Caribbean" offering control of major shipping routes to and from the lucrative colonies.

Thus the arrival of Britain's Horatio Nelson in 1784 to develop naval facilities at English Harbour and build what's now known as Nelson's Dockyard - a major turning point in the island's evolution.
By all accounts, Nelson was not too fond of Antigua. But serving under him was Britain's future King William IV who seemed to like it so much Clarence House was built for him!

It was during William's reign, in 1834, that Britain abolished slavery in its empire. Then the sugar market declined and the islands went into economic decline.
Though unproductive, the large plantations were not redistributed after slavery ended, as they were on many Caribbean islands. This helped create desperate conditions for the former slaves, which led to unrest in the early 1900s.
Today, the island nation is inhabited primarily by the descendants of the slaves and tourism has helped ease the economic hardships of some of the residents. Antigua and Barbuda remain part of the British Commonwealth.
For many years, the Bird family have dominated the country's politics. Vere Bird Snr. (known as "Papa Bird") has been powerful since the 1940s and was prime minister from 1981 to 1993, when he was succeeded by his son, Lester Bird.
Facts At A Glance

Area: Antigua: 280sq km (108sq miles); Barbuda: 161sq km (62sq miles); Redonda: 1.6sq km (0.6sq miles). Total: 441.6sq km (170.5sq miles).

Population: 64,612 (1996).
Capital: St. John's (pop: 22.342 at last count in 1991)
Economy: Tourism, manufacturing.
Government: Constitutional monarchy. Gained internal full independence in 1981. Head of State: HM Queen Elizabeth II, represented locally by Governor-General Sir James Carlisle since 1993.
Head of Government: Prime Minister Lester Bird since 1994.
Language: English is the official language. English patois is widely spoken.
Religion: Anglican, Methodist, Moravian, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist and others.
Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$). U.S. dollar widely accepted. Most major credit cards and traveler's checks accepted in urban and tourist areas.
Time Zone: Atlantic; 4 hours behind GMT. Daylight Saving Time is not observed.
Telecommunications: Country code 1 268. No city code needed. Outgoing international code 011.
Electricity: 220/110 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style 2-pin plugs. Some hotels also have outlets for 240 volts AC; in this case European-style 2-pin plugs are used.
Airport Departure Tax: Yes.

Antigua's most-famous writer is Jamaica Kincaid - now a U.S. resident - but she didn't rise to that position by praising her homeland. Her book A Small Place takes a critical view of the island's government, its colonial legacy and its reliance on tourism. She has called Antigua a "monument to rottenness".

Antigua was one of the islands hit by a hurricane in 1995. About 60% of the buildings were damaged and 10% destroyed. Another hurricane struck in 1998, causing more damage.

In the waters off Barbuda, the graceful spotted eagle ray, sometimes 6ft/2m wide, may swim right up to you. Don't panic - it's just curious.

Carnival is held during the 10 days preceding the first Monday in August with great steel-drum bands, calypso music, parades with floats and dancers in colorful costumes.
Columbus named Antigua "Santa Maria de la Antigua" after a miracle-working saint whose statue graces the Seville Cathedral in Spain.
Antigua Sailing Week in late April is the Caribbean's most important yachting event and draws a world-class field.
The national game is warri, which is similar to chess. It requires considerable strategy.
Public Holidays: New Year's Day (1 Jan), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Labor Day (first Monday in May), Whitmonday, Queen's Birthday (second Saturday in Jun), Caricom Day (3 Jul), Carnival (first Monday and Tuesday in Aug), Independence Day (1 Nov), Christmas Day (25 Dec) and Boxing Day (26 Dec).

Shopping Hours: Most Monday-Saturday 8 am-4 pm and closed on Sundays.
The cruise terminal at Heritage Quay has a shopping center with 40 duty-free stores offering clothing, perfumes, jewelry, linens, china, local artworks, liqueurs and gift items. Another hotspot is the restored Georgian-era buildings at nearby Redcliffe Quay.
Bargaining in stores is not an accepted practice on the island but street vendors are almost always willing to negotiate.


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