St. John's is the capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda, a country located in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea, it is the commercial center of the nation and the chief port of the island of Antigua. As you approach St. John's, the skyline is dominated by the magnificently evocative white baroque towers of St. John's Cathedral. Built in 1845, the church is now in its third incarnation, as earthquakes in 1683 and in 1745 destroyed the previous structures.
Depart the pier area and set off through the villages of Antigua discovering their individual and interesting qualities.
Your first destination is a private home with an amazing and wonderful history. Be provided a history lesson about this property and the stories that accompany it. When you arrive you will find yourself on the top of a panoramic vista overlooking a valley that is dotted with cows and sheep. The home may look modest from the outside but you will be astounded upon stepping inside. Artifacts from the original settlers who bought the land in the 16th century surround you. The owner, who is also a direct descendant of the original family, will graciously walk you through the areas of her home that are open to you and will answer questions about her prized collections. Endemic trees and medicinal herbs are grown in the backyard and not only will your guide provide knowledge on the healing powers of these plants, but you will also enjoy a freshly brewed cup of herbal tea.
Continue on to a local pineapple farm where you will get to see the production of this important crop. You will see the fruit in all of its stages of growth, and even get to enjoy it later on when you are at the beach, but next you are headed to Fryes Estate.
At the estate you will see two of the island's oldest sugar mills, now in ruins and immensely picturesque. We can't let you forget that you're on a Caribbean island and, therefore, your next stop will be a beautiful beachfront setting.
Whether you prefer to lounge on a chair in the shade of an umbrella and gaze at the azure blue water or jump into it, you'll love this refreshing time on a private beach of white sand. Families will enjoy the beach games or water sports activities while building up hearty appetites. Luckily, this free time is followed by a delicious and typical West Indian lunch. The food is tantalizing and the staff are very welcoming as you dine in the midst of the music of steel pans and a local artist reciting poetry.
Reviewer: Michael Belou
Even though we had to change up a couple stops on this tour do to the recent passing (and damage) from hurricane Irma, Jackie and Vonn made it a great and memorable experience. Jacqui was great and the interaction between her and Vonn were hilarious. It was just my wife, myself, and 1 other couple on the tour and Jacqui and Vonn made it seem like a family outing. We had a local lunch at a stunning beach, visited a sugar plantation, a pineapple farm, drove through a jungle/rainforest, and got a great overview tour of the island in addition to the lunch/beach stop. Can't recommend highly enough.
Reviewer: Blanca Cook
One of the best tours I've ever taken. Jackie was our guide and she was hilarious. Our driver Vonn was very knowledgeable and an excellent driver. They took us to the McMillan House (Mr & Mrs McMillan opened their home and served us afternoon tea). Beautiful views. They also took us to where the locals eat for lunch. This was unexpected but we had the best meal there. Jackie took care of ordering and serving us all. I would definitely do this tour again. They took us to beautiful beaches, the countryside and the city. We even got out of the car to see black pineapples. Every stop was memorable. I felt like a local and definitely would do this tour again. Excellent tour for your money.
Beach was nice.
Just got back from a cruise to this port. We took this excursion and it was wonderful. It took us to places other tours were not allowed. Jacqui and Von our tour guide and driver were so personable and knew so much. Our lunch on the beach was delicious and you did have enough time to go for a swim in the Caribbean if you wanted or you could just sit out and enjoy the beach. The personal home we visited was very interesting and the hostess delightful and gracious to open her private home to us. The visit to the pineapple farm was also very informative. Recommend to everyone.
Reviewer: John Francis Kasper
We enjoyed our tour very much. It was so nice to visit with local residents and have tea and a tour of their home. It was an intimate tour with just a few people. The tour guide was exceptional and very informative.