Travel Budget for Saint John's

Parish of Saint John, Antigua and Barbuda

How much does it cost to travel to Saint John's?

How much money will you need for your trip to Saint John's? You should plan to spend around EC$481 ($178) per day on your vacation in Saint John's, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, EC$147 ($54) on meals for one day and EC$37 ($14) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Saint John's for a couple is EC$519 ($192). So, a trip to Saint John's for two people for one week costs on average EC$6,729 ($2,490). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Saint John's for one week usually costs around EC$3,364 for one person. So, a trip to Saint John's for two people costs around EC$6,729 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs EC$13,457 in Saint John's. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Saint John's can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Saint John's?

How much does a trip to Saint John's cost? Is Saint John's expensive? The average Saint John's trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Saint John's prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Saint John's can vary, the average cost of food in Saint John's is EC$147 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Saint John's should cost around EC$59 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Saint John's is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Saint John's is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent EC$37 per person, per day, on local transportation in Saint John's.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Flights to Saint John's

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How much money do I need for Saint John's?

Typical travel prices in Saint John's are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Saint John's. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Saint John's can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

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  • Taxi From Airport
  • Entrance to the Museum of Antigua & Barbu
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Saint John's On a Budget
If you've been to St. John's, Antigua, you were likely on a cruise - which means you likely did not have enough time to truly experience the magic of this tiny island getaway.

St. Johns is the capital of the tiny islands of Antigua and Barbuda. Located on Antigua, this tropical city lives up to its status as a tropical paradise. With 365 beaches on the island, you can enjoy the luxury of lounging in the sand every day of the year.
The capital's most prominent landmark is notably St. John's Cathedral. After an earthquake destroyed the original 1681 wooden church, the locals quickly built a new one of stone. The pitch-pine interior makes visitors feel like they've stepped into a fortress within a cave. Be sure to call ahead and arrange a tour as the church may be undergoing renovations during your visit.

To learn more about the history and culture of the area, go check out the artifacts in the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. A 1750 courthouse is the setting as you walk through the collection of pieces including an Arawak canoe and models of the old sugar plantations.

If you decide to venture outside of St John's, you may very well be drawn to the shops and stands meant for the tourists at Nelson's Dockyard or Heritage Quay, and that's great. It's your vacation – do what you want. However, if the attractions aren't attracting you anymore, find the trail behind the Copper and Lumber Store and follow it to the ruins of Fort Berkeley. This 15-minute hike to 18th century ruins is sprinkled with spectacular views of coastline and open sea.

Another destination just outside of St. John's includes the ruins of Betty's Hope sugar plantation. It serves as a sobering reminder that this island was once a colonial slave mill for the sugar industry. This sad and desolate area is small, but a perfect testament to the history of brutal slavery in Antigua.

Imagine all the activities you've heard of in the Caribbean – jet skiing, parasailing, snorkeling, kayaking – they're all available to do in St. John's. You can swim with dolphins, simply cycle around and get to know the locals or place some bets at the casino.

Note: if you do decide to visit one of the casinos in town, be wary of casino scams. Some places run a variation on the "Razzle Dazzle" game where a woman will try to lure you into the casino with the promise of free bets. They'll have you winning at first to get your confidence up, and before you know it, you've lost hundreds. Just walk past the pretty girl.

One activity that is quite popular is going out and cheering on the local cricket team. Games are played at Recreation Ground and there's so much more to this experience than just a cricket game. This is Antigua's most popular sport and games also feature calypso dancing and lots of dancing.

And if that money is just burning a hole in your pocket, make sure to take it to the Public Market. Here you'll find fresh fruits like bananas, limes, mangoes and more just lining the stalls. Locals will tell you that Friday and Saturday mornings are the best times to go. Keep your eyes out for rare finds like a black pineapple.
Food and Dining
Given the majority of this town's visitors are tourists from the docking cruise ships, there is no shortage of typical island foods to try. Most menus will reflect the influences of America and Canada with many dishes you'd find there – burgers, sandwiches, etc. Stop by the Big Banana for some cheap and delicious pizza – and you'll likely catch a glimpse of your ship's crew calling and writing home on the free Internet.

While all your favorite foods are likely available, try to forgo the chicken fingers for some local fruits and seafood. You'll never have a sweeter banana or a more delicious piece of coconut shrimp in your life.

Car Rental Prices
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The majority of visitors to St. John will use taxis to get around the island. Be sure to set your price before you get in the taxi. Many drivers in the Caribbean are willing and eager to rip off tourists.

Renting a bike to cycle around the island is another option if you plan on staying in St. John. You'll see more of the town and save on money.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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