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Beaches

Sun, sea and sand

Many of Antigua’s famed beaches rest inside the calm, protected waters on the Caribbean Sea. All of the island’s beaches are open to the public.

Northwest Coast

The island’s developed northwest coast is home to the popular Dickenson Bay and Runaway Bay, which provide a fully-loaded resort beach experience. Or, for those who want a beach close to St. John’s, Fort James, a locally popular public beach, and Deep Bay are excellent choices. A series of four crescent shaped beaches at Hawksbill are also highly regarded, one of which is great for those seeking a nude sunbathing experience. And for those who want to party late into the night, popular evening hotspots can be found at Dickenson Bay.

Southwest and South Coast

The beaches of the hilly southwest corner of Antigua are generally less developed than those around St. John’s. Winding along the coast are Ffryes Bay, Darkwood Beach and Johnson’s Point. Rendezvous Bay and especially Doigs Beach, both located on the central southern coast, are especially quiet beaches as they are only accessible by four-wheel drive or footpaths. And, after a day at Nelson’s Dockyard, Pigeon Point is a great stop off for a cooling dip or a refreshing drink at the local beach bar. Another popular spot for drinks and even some food is Turner’s Beach Bar and Grill at Johnson’s Point in St. Mary’s.

East Coast

Half Moon Bay, voted one of the world’s ultimate beaches and now a National Park is always a great choice. Long Bay, on the easternmost point of the island, is another good choice for families as it is completely protected by its reef. Situated at the extreme eastern point of the island, on the road to Long Bay, is Indian Town. Over the centuries, powerful Atlantic breakers have swept in at the end of a 3,000-mile journey from Africa, carving out a natural limestone arch called Devil’s Bridge. The blowholes and spouting surf make a spectacular site.

Beaches of Barbuda

The best-kept secret of the Caribbean is the smooth coastline edged with alternating pink and white sand beaches protected by barrier reefs on the island of Barbuda. Nearly deserted beaches combine with an environment rich in marine life offering those who venture over from Antigua the opportunity to enjoy excellent diving, snorkeling, fishing, bird watching, and of course, an escape from the everyday. Though most of Barbuda’s beaches are composed of fine white sand, a few are noticeably different. These are the striking pink “sand” beaches created from the tiniest of pink shells, the color of cotton candy, that are washed ashore in various coves.

Main Off-Shore Islands

Main Off-Shore Islands: These include, Redonda, Great Bird Island and Green Island, Guiana Island, Prickly Pear Island, Crump Island, Maiden Island, Rabbit Island, York Island, Hells Gate, Sandy Island, and Long Island (which houses the ultra exclusive Jumby Bay Resort and Vacation homes).

Carlisle Bay Beach

Carlisle Beach is located by the village of Old Road on the south coast of Antigua. This expansive beach offers clear waters, fine sand and excellent snorkeling where you can find a wide variety of tropical fish. Bring your mask and fins!

Old Road
Coral Bay

With a name derived from the abundance of coral in the area, this gorgeous bay is sure to offer excellent snorkelling with schools of fish.

Barbuda
Darkwood Beach

Located on the south west coast, about 5 minutes drive south of Jolly Harbour.

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Darkwood Beach Bar & Restaurant

Located on one of the most beautiful beaches on the island for its clear waters and white sand, this relaxed beach bar and restaurant offers a full line of services to all beach goers. Whether you are arriving on a cruise ship or staying on Antigua and exploring many of the beaches, Darkwood Beach Bar is the perfect place to taste some local specialities, experience local culture, bask in the gorgeous Caribbean sun and explore the underwater life.

Darkwood1-268-462-8240
Dennis Cocktail Bar & Restaurant

Dennis Beach Bar & Restaurant offers modern Caribbean cuisine at its very best, set next to the beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and colourful surroundings, a friendly and personal service complete with a menu where each dish is stylishly presented for a contemporary edge.

Ffryes Beach1-268-462-6740dennis-antigua.com
Dickenson Bay

Dickenson Bay is on the Northwestern coast of Antigua, and is the most developed beach on the island, with hotels restaurants and water sports facilities. It is a popular meeting place. The shallow calm waters and white sand provide a perfect setting for an active day.

Dickenson Bay
Ffryes Beach

Drive off a busy main road, pass a historic windmill to find this hidden retreat.

Barbuda
Fort James Beach

Fort James Beach located at Fort Bay on the northwest coast of Antigua is popular with locals and visitors alike, a beach where you can often find a volleyball game, or a game of beach cricket to participate in. Fort James Beach is also a popular spot for cruise ship visitors, as it's only a 5-10 minutes drive from the cruise ship dock in St.John's.

St Johns
Halfmoon Bay

Molded in the shape of half of a moon make this beach a sight to behold

Barbuda
Hells Gate Island

Charter a boat and enter the perfect hideaway

Barbuda

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