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Jamestown
on St. Helena, Lesser Antilles

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Jamestown

Jamestown is a small settlement located on the island of St. Helena, in the Lesser Antilles. It is the capital of the island and the only port of entry, making it a vital hub for trade and commerce. The town is situated in the south-eastern part of the island, and is surrounded by steep hills and mountains. The highest point of the island is Diana’s Peak, which reaches 1,770 feet above sea level.

Jamestown was founded in 1659 by the British East India Company, and has been the capital of St. Helena ever since. It is a small, picturesque town with a population of around 2,000, and is the oldest continuously inhabited English town in the Southern Hemisphere. The town is full of colonial-era buildings, cobbled streets, and historic monuments, making it a popular tourist destination. The town is also home to some of the island’s most important historical sites, such as the Napoleon Museum, which commemorates the exile of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

Jamestown has a long and fascinating history, and was the site of some important events in British naval history. In 1672, a fleet of Dutch ships led by Admiral Michiel de Ruyter attacked the town and the British fleet, but were eventually driven off by the British. During the Napoleonic Wars, the town was the base of operations for the Royal Navy, and was the site of the famous Battle of Jamestown in 1808.

Jamestown is a charming and historic town, and remains an important port of call for vessels travelling to and from St. Helena. It is a great place to explore the island’s history and culture, and is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

Excursion tips for a day in Jamestown

As a tourist in Jamestown on St. Helena, Lesser Antilles, there are plenty of activities to enjoy on a day trip. Here are some of the top things to do:

1. Visit the castle of St. James. This 17th century fortification is a great spot to explore and learn about the island’s military history.

2. Take a stroll around the historic Jamestown Harbor. Here you’ll find the old British Naval Hospital, the old wharf, and the old post office.

3. Visit the St. Helena Museum. This museum is home to a variety of artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of the island’s history.

4. Explore the natural beauty of St. Helena. Take a hike along the trails and enjoy the stunning views of the island.

5. Take a boat tour around the island. Get a close-up look at the stunning cliffs and secluded coves.

6. Check out the local markets. There are plenty of vendors selling handmade crafts and local produce.

7. Visit the Longwood House. This former residence of Napoleon Bonaparte is a great spot to explore.

8. Take a walk along the waterfront. Enjoy the views of the harbor and the ocean beyond.

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The climate in Jamestown

Jamestown on St. Helena, Lesser Antilles has a warm, humid subtropical climate throughout the year. The highest temperatures are during the summer months from December to March, reaching up to 28°C (82°F). The winter months from June to September are slightly cooler, with temperatures ranging from 18°C (64°F) to 24°C (75°F). The rainy season is between April and November, with average rainfall of up to 250mm (10 inches). The driest months are December to March, with average rainfall of less than 50mm (2 inches). Humidity is high year round, ranging from 60-90%.

Cruise weather for Jamestown

Our weather forecast for Jamestown helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 20.6 °C
min: 19.7 °C
27.7 m/s
31.0 m/s
63.3 %
24.1 m
70.4 %
1,021 hPa
06:50:39
18:07:40
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 21.4 °C
min: 20.3 °C
30.6 m/s
33.5 m/s
58.6 %
24.1 m
72.0 %
1,021 hPa
06:50:29
18:07:59
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 20.8 °C
min: 20.2 °C
33.5 m/s
35.3 m/s
57.6 %
24.1 m
78.0 %
1,022 hPa
06:50:19
18:08:17
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 21.0 °C
min: 19.5 °C
36.0 m/s
36.7 m/s
67.1 %
24.1 m
74.6 %
1,022 hPa
06:50:08
18:08:35
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 19.9 °C
min: 19.1 °C
27.7 m/s
29.2 m/s
73.9 %
24.1 m
70.9 %
1,021 hPa
06:49:56
18:08:52
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 20.2 °C
min: 19.2 °C
27.0 m/s
27.0 m/s
57.7 %
24.1 m
69.7 %
1,022 hPa
06:49:43
18:09:10
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 19.6 °C
min: 19.1 °C
23.0 m/s
24.1 m/s
54.5 %
24.1 m
68.5 %
1,023 hPa
06:49:29
18:09:28
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 19.4 °C
min: 18.9 °C
22.8 m/s
24.2 m/s
42.2 %
24.1 m
70.7 %
1,023 hPa
06:49:14
18:09:45
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 19.9 °C
min: 19.1 °C
34.6 m/s
39.2 m/s
28.3 %
24.1 m
77.7 %
1,023 hPa
06:48:58
18:10:02
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 20.5 °C
min: 19.8 °C
35.2 m/s
40.2 m/s
81.6 %
24.1 m
77.3 %
1,023 hPa
06:48:41
18:10:19
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 20.4 °C
min: 20 °C
39.2 m/s
41.0 m/s
86.9 %
24.1 m
77.0 %
1,024 hPa
06:48:23
18:10:35
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 20.2 °C
min: 19.4 °C
36.4 m/s
39.6 m/s
87.4 %
23.4 m
71.2 %
1,024 hPa
06:48:04
18:10:51
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 20.7 °C
min: 19.8 °C
37.1 m/s
37.8 m/s
90.8 %
24.1 m
70.3 %
1,023 hPa
06:47:44
18:11:07

Cruises to Jamestown

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Scheduled ship calls in Jamestown, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Nov. 30th 2024 Saturday, 30th of Nov. 2024 Azamara Quest 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jan. 12th 2025 Sunday, 12th of Jan. 2025 Seven Seas Splendor 10:00 am 07:00 pm
Mar. 1st 2025 Saturday, 1st of Mar. 2025 Azamara Quest 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 23rd 2025 Sunday, 23rd of Mar. 2025 MS Europa 08:00 am 06:00 pm

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