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Fort James, St. John's

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Built during the 18th century to guard the city from a possible French invasion, Fort James offers a glimpse into the past as well as sweeping views of the surrounding harbor. Although it was once armed with 36 cannons and a barracks accommodating 75 men, today the citadel has dwindled to a handful of cannons, a power magazine, the ruins of old buildings, and the foundation walls. Due to lack of maintenance, grass grows quite liberally throughout the grounds. Still, you can enjoy views over the bay and combine a visit here with a swim or stroll along the nearby beach. Add Fort James and other attractions to your St. John's trip itinerary using our St. John's vacation route planner.
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  • I stopped by in my car and was the only person there. There are some stone ruins and a few cannons but there is really not much to see. I would not make a long trip to Fort James but if you happen to ...  more »
  • A lot of culture can be taken in on your visit to Fort James. There is a restaurant a short walk away but I didn't dine there. But just a great site to visit and soak up the views.  more »
  • Our guide showed us around the site and gave us a detailed overview of the role the fort played in defending the Island.  more »
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  • As a place to view history, a picnic spot, even a place to just let the kids runs and play its a nice. There's a view if the harbor, or the open sea, always with a cool breeze. In the evening with a little bit if insects repellant this place can even be romantic, wink wink. Lol. Remember not to litter, please and thank you.
  • So relaxing..
  • A public beach that offers the life guard services, restaurants and public restrooms! Beach Limerz restaurant bistro offers a Caribbean fused menu that encompasses the globe, staff and service is some of the best you will ever experience!!
  • Beautiful beach
  • Antiguans are not mantaining the ruins of this fort and it is falling apart. It is amazing though, the good state of the canyons. A lot of history lost in this fortification

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