Discover the best Antigua beaches to enjoy on your Caribbean holiday

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Let’s stroll barefoot alongside the seaside in Antigua, swim within the calm, clear water, relaxation some time underneath the swaying palm bushes, go snorkelling by the rocks to identify tiny colored fish after which have a lunch of lobster with a bottle of chilled beer at an area seaside bar. The seashores in Antigua have been undoubtedly among the many better of all of the Caribbean islands I’ve visited when it comes to magnificence and sheer quantity. They are saying there are 365 seashores between Antigua and its sister island Barbuda, one for every day of the 12 months, and I can properly imagine it!

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Half Moon Bay Antigua

I loved every week on the island and spent a lot of it exploring all of the Antigua seashores, from these which can be vigorous with loads of watersports and seaside bars, to the empty, secluded and wilder seashores that the locals favour. I quickly realised that Antigua has countless beautiful seashores, so that you by no means need to journey very far to search out one. The choice is extra about deciding which beautiful seaside is most handy for the place you’re staying.

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Keep in mind that your expertise of various seashores shall be colored by the wind and climate and likewise while you go to. The identical seaside could also be abandoned and peaceable on a weekday, however busy with household teams having fun with their BBQ and loud reggae music at weekends.

Most of the greatest seashores in Antigua have resorts resorts on them and in a number of the Caribbean islands I’ve visited this creates an entry downside when you’re visiting independently. It’s value understanding that every one seashores are public and free to make use of in Antigua, however resort services are, with a number of exceptions, only for resort company, so you’ll be able to’t lease a sunlounger, use their watersports or have lunch of their seaside bars.

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Lengthy Bay in Antigua

That is much less of an issue in Antigua since virtually all of the seashores I visited have been massive sufficient to accommodate impartial guests and sometimes had seaside bars, eating places, watersports and different services that weren’t unique to the resorts. So let’s take a tour of the very best Antigua seashores that I discovered, to find what you’ll be able to count on while you go to them and the place you’ll be able to keep close by.

Antigua Seashores Close to English Harbour

Pigeon Seashore in Antigua

Pigeon is a justifiably standard seaside that’s on the mouth of Falmouth Harbour, typically visited by these staying within the marina since its a brief stroll from the Antigua Yacht Membership. The environment was quiet after we visited and the setting idyllic with a view of yachts at mooring within the bay.

However we did see cruise ships dropping off company right here and I think it will get busy at weekends, so I’d select your timings fastidiously as Pigeon Seashore shall be busy at sure instances. Should you like strolling, it is a good place to take the Center Floor Path that takes you in about an hour to English Harbour with unbelievable views and the previous fort to have a look at on the best way.

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Pigeon Seashore Antigua

Location: A 10 minute stroll from Falmouth Harbour, taking the lane beside the Antigua Yacht Membership. You may also drive and go away your automobile by the seaside.

Amenities: Parking space | Childrens play space | Public rest room and bathe facility for a small cost

The place to eat: At one finish of the seaside is an informal seaside bar Bumpkins and on the different is the trendy Catherine’s Cafe which has a French restaurant with Provence fashion influences and a non-public rest space on the seaside.

The place to remain close by: Try the understated luxurious of South Level Resort in Falmouth Harbour with 23 waterfront suites overlooking the gardens and marina, in a unbelievable location when you take pleasure in watching the yachts come and go within the harbour.

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Pigeon Seashore in Antigua

Galleon Seashore in Antigua

Galleon Seashore is on the mouth of English Harbour, with a protracted stretch of sand that’s calm and guarded by being inside the bay. The seaside has been the topic of some attention-grabbing archaeological excavation, since this was the closest seaside for ships that moored in English Harbour throughout the 18th century when Nelson was stationed right here, with graves and different artefacts discovered in the back of the seaside.

The excavations have been featured in a BBC documentary known as “Nelson’s Caribbean Hell Gap” displaying how fever was rife and the demise charge excessive amongst sailors stationed in Antigua at the moment. We didn’t see any proof of the excavations, however simply discovered a pleasing sheltered seaside, with plenty of homes constructed on the highway behind it.

At one finish of the seaside is a path that leads up alongside the cliffs with views over the ocean, with one other path known as the Lookout Path that begins from the highway behind the seaside and runs up the hill to Shirley Heights. Galleon can be a well-liked native’s seaside at weekends when chances are you’ll discover BBQs and loud music. From one finish of the seaside you’ll be able to snorkel on a ship wreck that’s just under the floor and the Pillars of Hercules on the far finish of the seaside are additionally a favorite snorkelling spot for stronger swimmers.

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Galleon Seashore in Antigua

Location: Galleon Seashore is within the south of Antigua, inside the massive sheltered bay of English Harbour. The highway from English Harbour takes you up the hill, as if heading to Shirley Heights, then you’ll be able to drive right down to the seaside and park on the small highway that runs alongside the again of the seaside. If you’re in Nelson’s Dockyard there’s additionally a water taxi exterior Copper and Lumber Retailer Historic Inn to take you throughout the bay to Galleon Seashore. They make common journeys from side to side throughout the day, however examine the time of the final water taxi again so that you don’t get caught.

Amenities: I didn’t see any bogs or different public services there, though bogs can be found for purchasers on the seaside bars and eating places. The seaside is backed by small bushes that supply some shade.

The place to eat: We had a stunning lunch within the beachfront Reef restaurant of the Inn at English Harbour. It’s open to non residents who reserve upfront or relying on area accessible, as they offer precedence to resort company at their elegant luxurious resort. I heard there’s additionally seaside bar which hadn’t but opened after we have been there in November.

The place to remain close by: The Inn at English Harbour is a small luxurious resort with colonial fashion buildings that run from the hillside right down to the seaside, with its personal water jetty and boat to ferry company throughout the harbour.

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Galleon Seashore in Antigua

Windward Seashore in Antigua

Because the identify suggests, Windward Seashore is on the much less sheltered, windward coast of the island and it has a wilder really feel, with patches of rock among the many sand and a backing of mangroves bushes. Because the seaside is much less sheltered, the waves right here are sometimes stronger and you might have to stroll over rocks as you go to your swim.

On the finish of the seaside is an space of rocks that could be a favorite for snorkelers who generally swim across the headland again to Pigeon seaside. Take particular care right here, particularly across the rocks as there have been accidents at this seaside, so don’t swim alone. Windward is a good seaside in case you are a powerful swimmer, take pleasure in snorkelling or need a wilder expertise.

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Windward Seashore Antigua

Location: Windward Seashore is within the South of Antigua, near Falmouth and English Harbour, a brief stroll from Pigeon seaside when you go by Catherine’s Cafe and proceed a bit additional up the observe. The safety barrier for personal villas means you’ll be able to’t take your automobile any additional, so go away it at Pigeon seaside if driving.

Amenities: This can be a wild unspoiled seaside with no services.

The place to eat: There’s no cafe on the seaside, however you’ll be able to have lunch or refreshments at Catherine’s Cafe or Bumpkins on Pigeon Seashore.

The place to remain close by: There’s no resort straight on Windward Seashore however South Level Resort is close by providing 23 suites embellished in pared again, modern fashion, overlooking the gardens and marina. The Antigua Yacht Membership Marina Resort additionally gives rooms and residences set on the hillside behind the yacht membership.

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Windward Seashore Antigua

Antigua Seashores within the south west coast

Carlisle Bay Seashore in Antigua

The place Fig Tree Drive meets the south coast of Antigua, Carlisle Bay is a protracted seaside that’s backed by excessive slopes lined by rainforest. Half of the seaside is undeveloped with shady palm bushes hanging over the seaside, shallow calm water and rocks at one finish.

The opposite half of the seaside is taken up by the Carlisle Bay Antigua Resort, and whereas the seaside in entrance of it’s for everybody, the sunloungers, bars, watersports and different services are for company solely.

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Carlisle Bay in Antigua

Location: Carlisle Bay is within the south west of Antigua and is the primary seaside you come to while you drive down the hill by way of the rainforest alongside Fig Tree Drive.

Amenities: Park underneath the bushes at this uncommercial seaside with no cafe or services, however a small kiosk half method alongside the seaside was promoting some drinks, snacks and souvenirs. The sunbeds, watersports and eating places at Carlisle Bay Resort are just for using resort company.

The place to eat: Purchase a snack or drink on the small seaside kiosk or deliver your individual. The Carlisle Bay Antigua Resort is a primarily inclusive resort so eating places are for using resort company solely.

The place to remain close by: Keep on the Carlisle Bay Antigua Resort, a luxurious resort that caters for each households and {couples}, with watersports, spa and 4 totally different restaurant choices, backed by the emerald hillside lined with rainforest.

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Carlisle Bay in Antigua

Curtain Bluff and Morris Bay Seashore in Antigua

Persevering with alongside the coast highway, we regarded down on one other stunning seaside with a view of Curtain Bluff Resort at one finish. From the cliff above we couldn’t see any apparent approach to get right down to it, apart from probably by way of the resort itself, so we simply stopped for a roadside picture and continued to the subsequent bay.

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Curtain Bluff in Antigua

We parked on the subsequent seaside in Morris Bay, a protracted sweep of sand, that has loads of parking area and a few picnic tables underneath the bushes. The Curtain Bluff Resort prolonged over one finish of the seaside however the remaining was all open and pure, with little growth and the water is shallow and clear for swimming.

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Morris Bay in Antigua

Location: Within the South West of Antigua you’ll discover Curtain Bluff and Morris Bay as you drive alongside Previous Highway that skirts the coast.

Amenities: It didn’t appear potential to entry Curtain Bluff seaside besides by way of the resort, though it makes an amazing picture when you cease on the excessive floor above the seaside. We continued to Morris Bay the place there’s a parking space off the highway. I didn’t see any bogs or different services on this seaside.

The place to eat: In Morris Bay, cease at Gina’s Prepare dinner Store which is by the highway, promoting dwelling cooked meals, drinks and recent fruit from a roadside stall. That is the place to attempt native fashion dishes reminiscent of pepperpot and barbeque meat and fish at weekends.

The place to remain close by: The Curtain Bluff Resort is an all inclusive resort with lodging unfold throughout the 2 seashores and on the Bluff of excessive floor between them. The resort gives 4 championship tennis courts, swimming swimming pools and entry to the 2 totally different seashores.

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Morris Bay in Antigua

Turner’s Seashore in Antigua

Persevering with alongside the coast highway, we bought some beautiful views as we drove alongside Previous Highway and arrived at Turner’s Seashore, which has a well-known cafe and enormous parking space. This can be a very lengthy, sandy seaside with a number of area for everybody and a sensible choice for households, since you’ll be able to base your self close to Turner’s Seashore Restaurant.

Close to Turner’s Restaurant we did some snorkelling by the rocky headland and noticed some small fish over the rocks. The lengthy stretch of tremendous sand leads as much as Keyonna Seashore Resort on the different finish of the seaside. Turner’s is a good seaside for swimming and snorkelling in shallow water, though I assumed it was barely marred by some half completed buildings in the back of the seaside.

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Turner’s Seashore in Antigua

Location: On the western coast of Antigua, the coast highway follows the shoreline and brings you to Turner’s Seashore which is well accessible from Jolly Harbour.

Amenities: Should you base your self at Turner’s Seashore Restaurant you’ll be able to lease sunbeds from them, purchase refreshments and use their bogs. I didn’t see every other services additional up the seaside. There’s a big automobile park by Turner’s Restaurant.

The place to eat: The Turner’s Seashore Restaurant is massive and properly arrange, serving drinks, snacks and meals all through the day. The restaurant was quiet after we visited and we loved our drink there, however I’ve learn that it’s a favorite cease for cruise guests and tour teams, so chances are you’ll discover it fairly busy at instances.

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OJ’s at Turner’s Seashore in Antigua

A little bit past Turner’s seaside, the place the highway runs in entrance of the seaside, we stopped to try OJ’s Seashore Bar. It’s extra of a correct restaurant specialising in seafood and festooned with fishing nets and an amazing place for a sundowner, with views of the solar setting over the ocean. Close by additionally look out for the Rum Bus, a unusual pink painted double decker bus that’s transformed right into a seaside bar – you’ll spot it from the highway.

The place to remain close by: Keyonna Seashore Resort is the primary lodging on Turner’s Seashore, a luxurious all inclusive {couples} solely resort. The lodging is in boutique fashion seaside entrance cottages, every with its personal small plunge pool.

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Turner’s Seashore in Antigua

Darkwood Seashore in Antigua

We stopped briefly at Darkwood seaside, which is backed by a lagoon that’s preserved for fishing and wildlife. The seaside has a protracted stretch of soppy sand backed by scrub however little shade, so that you’ll have to lease solar loungers and umbrellas from the restaurant.

There’s additionally an enormous inflatable waterslide for households and enjoyable seekers but when that isn’t your factor, there’s loads of seaside to discover a quieter spot for a swim. I did learn that there’s a steep drop within the water right here, one thing to concentrate on when you’ve got younger youngsters or aren’t a powerful swimmer.

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Darkwood Seashore in Antigua

Location: Darkwood Seashore is on the west coast of Antigua, simply south of Jolly Harbour and is well accessible by the coast highway. It’s a well-liked seaside for cruise guests because the cruise port in St John’s is a brief taxi experience away.

Amenities: Bathrooms for purchasers on the Darkwood Seashore restaurant the place you may also lease sunbeds. Parking by the roadside. There’s additionally an inflatable water playground with water slides simply off the seaside.

The place to eat: Eat on the Darkwood seaside restaurant serving drinks, meals and refreshments all through the day.

The place to remain close by: Tamarind Hills set on the excessive level above the seaside gives luxurious villas with beautiful views and personal plunge swimming pools.

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Lagoon close to Darkwood Seashore, Antigua

Coco Seashore and Ffryes Seashore in Antigua

The ultimate cease on our day’s tour of the Antigua seashores within the west and south west of the island ended with Coco Seashore and Ffryes Seashore. These two adjoining seashores are just a little off the primary highway and are backed by a small coastal lagoon.

They have been each nice seashores, with solar loungers accessible to lease and utilized by company from the close by CocoBay Resort and Tamarind Hills Villas. I observed that the sand high quality right here was a bit extra gritty right here than a number of the different seashores which can be extra to the south and south-west of Antigua, however in case you are staying within the space of Jolly Harbour or St John’s these are good seashores to spend a while on.

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Coco Seashore, Antigua

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Coco Seashore Antigua

Location: Coco Seashore and Ffryes Seashore are on the west coast of Antigua, near Jolly Harbour, accessed by smaller roads off the primary Valley Highway.

Amenities: There are sunbeds accessible to lease | Parking in the back of the seaside | Bathrooms at seaside eating places for using clients.

The place to eat: The Sheer Rocks Restaurant overlooks the ocean, inside the Coco Seashore Resort however is run as a separate restaurant and open to non-residents, for lunch and dinner. On Ffryes seaside, attempt Dennis seaside bar and restaurant providing fashionable Caribbean delicacies.

The place to remain close by: At one finish of Coco Seashore is the CocoBay Resort, an all inclusive adults solely resort with pastel cottages set on the hillside. Dennis Seashore bar on Ffryes Seashore gives easy cabanas to lease and Tamarind Hills set on the excessive level above the seaside providing luxurious villas with beautiful views and personal plunge swimming pools.

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Ffryes Seashore, Antigua

Antigua Seashores Close to St John’s

Fort James Seashore in Antigua

If you’re on the lookout for a little bit of historical past and a pleasant seaside that’s only a quick taxi experience away from St John’s, head to Fort James which is about on the mouth of Deepwater Harbour, the bay that protects Antigua’s island capital.

The fort is known as after King James II of England and was constructed within the 1740s, housing barracks and a powerful array of canons aimed throughout the water to beat back any incursion by the French navy within the 18th century. As of late there’s not a lot occurring right here and you’ll freely enter by way of the arched gateway of the fort, see the ruined buildings and admire the canons which can be nonetheless spectacular, lined up alongside the fortress wall.

The Russell’s restaurant subsequent to the fort had closed down after we visited however close by we stopped for a juice on the Beachlimerz bar that’s near the partitions of the fort. This is able to be a superb place to base your self in case you are visiting on a cruise and need a good seaside cafe with entry to sunbeds, nice meals and swimming. We didn’t eat right here, however the menu gives loads of seafood and Caribbean flavours and it will be an amazing place for a sundown cocktail. There’s additionally one other native fashion beachfront cafe Thirty six 5 on the similar finish of the seaside.

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Fort James Seashore in Antigua

One of many enjoyable issues to do on Antigua is to go horse using on the seaside and we noticed a gaggle of riders on Fort James Seashore though I didn’t go horse using myself. There are many horse using excursions on Runaway Seashore and Fort James Seashore that may be booked as a cruise tour or tour though I couldn’t find a selected using secure for direct reserving on this aspect of the island. On these horse using periods chances are you’ll get to experience by way of the water in order that the horses can cool off within the sea spray.

This can be a lengthy seaside, with loads of room for everybody and as you proceed up the seaside you’ll come to the very best identified of the cafes on Fort James Seashore, Millers by the Sea the place you may also lease sunbeds and discover some small kiosks promoting souvenirs and seaside gear. We didn’t eat there, however it’s fairly an enormous place that I think about will get busy at weekends after they have reside music on Friday nights. Total it is a nice seaside with totally different refreshment choices that’s simply accessible by taxi from St John’s.

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Fort James Seashore in Antigua

Location: Fort James Seashore is on the west aspect of Antigua, simply north of the island’s capital of St John’s and a straightforward taxi experience from the cruise port.

Amenities: Parking on the highway that runs in the back of the seaside | Bushes and shade in some elements of the seaside | Solar Loungers and shades can be found to lease from the seaside bars reminiscent of Millers by the ocean and Beachlimerz | There are some small seaside kiosks at Millers by the ocean | Bathrooms accessible on the seaside bars for purchasers.

The place to eat: There are a number of cafes to select from, together with Beachlimerz the place we had a drink, and one other extra native beachfront cafe Thirty six 5 on the similar finish of the seaside. A little bit additional alongside is without doubt one of the greatest identified of the cafes on Fort James Seashore, Millers by the Sea with reside music on Friday nights. Russell’s by Fort James was closed after we visited, which is a disgrace because it has such an exquisite location, so maybe it is going to be open once more sooner or later.

The place to remain close by: There aren’t any resorts at Fort James Seashore though chances are you’ll discover cheap lodging in St John’s, the island capital. You might be higher to remain just a little additional north at Dickenson Bay the place there are many beachfront resorts reminiscent of Sandals, Halcyon Cove, Antigua Village, Siboney Seashore Membership or Buccaneer Seashore Membership

Antigua Seashores on the north west coast

Runaway Seashore in Antigua

Driving north of St John’s alongside the coast highway, the subsequent seaside is Runaway Seashore, a good looking broad sandy seaside that’s backed by the lagoon of McKinnon’s Pond on the opposite aspect of the highway. I didn’t cease lengthy right here, however there’s the big Mystic Seashore Bar, brightly painted within the Rasta colors the place I noticed a number of guys taking part in pool however not a lot else occurring because it was early within the season.

Aside from the seaside bar, this seaside is wild and unspoiled so if you wish to get away from all the opposite guests simply drive to the tip of the seaside away from the seaside bar the place there are some shady spots with mangrove vegetation backing the seaside.

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Runaway seaside in Antigua

Location: Runaway seaside is on the west coast of Antigua and near the island capital of St John’s.

Amenities: Parking by the highway however there’s not a lot in the best way of services at Runway seaside | Bathrooms on the seaside bar for using clients.

The place to eat: The Mystic Seashore Bar on Runway Seashore serves food and drinks and likewise rents solar loungers and umbrellas – I simply had a fast look however didn’t cease right here because it appeared to be extra of a spot for the locals taking part in pool.

The place to remain close by: There aren’t any resorts at Runaway Seashore however on the subsequent seaside, Dickenson Bay, there are many beachfront resorts reminiscent of Sandals, Halcyon Cove, Antigua Village, Siboney Seashore Membership or Buccaneer Seashore Membership

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Runaway seaside in Antigua

Dickenson Bay in Antigua

In comparison with Runaway Seashore, the subsequent seaside of Dickenson Bay has a way more developed and complex really feel. There are a variety of resort resorts, residences and seaside eating places right here. Dominating one finish of the seaside is the Sandals resort, however different resorts embrace Halcyon Cove, Siboney Seashore Membership and Antigua Village Resort. The massive quantity of vacation lodging signifies that Dickerson Bay is a vigorous seaside with loads of bars, eating places, watersports and different organised actions.

This can be a good place to return for lunch and we loved the Salt Plage Restaurant, the place I attempted their superb lobster salad which was scrumptious and superbly introduced. Look out additionally for the floating Kon Tiki Bar and Ana’s on the seaside, a bar, restaurant and artwork gallery with a boutique really feel.

Due to the numerous resorts and resorts, I discovered one finish of the seaside a bit overcrowded, however you’ll be able to simply stroll within the different route for a stretch of seaside that’s much less developed for a swim.

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Sandals Dickenson Bay in Antigua

Location: On the north-west coast of Antigua, not removed from the island capital of St John’s and the island’s airport.

Amenities: One finish of the seaside has a focus of resorts, vacation residences and eating places set on the seaside and every of those has their very own parking space and bogs for using clients. There are sunbeds to lease and watersports accessible from Sunrisers Watersports who’ve a steel container on the seaside providing paddleboards, kayaks and jet ski. Watersports and sunbeds additionally accessible additional down the seaside at Tony’s watersports and seaside bar, situated between Sandals and Halcyon Cove resorts.

The place to eat: We had a scrumptious lunch on the trendy Salt Plage Restaurant inside Siboney Seashore Membership which has a European really feel and enviable location overlooking the seaside, the place I attempted their superb lobster salad which was scrumptious and superbly introduced. Look out additionally for the floating Kon Tiki Bar and Ana’s on the seaside, a bar, restaurant and artwork gallery with a boutique really feel.

The place to remain close by: You’ll be spoilt for selection with the variety of resorts and vacation residences on Dickenson Seashore which embrace

Sandals – an all inclusive resort with a vigorous environment that’s geared toward {couples} and teams of buddies, with loads of watersports and actions on supply.

Halcyon Cove – A pleasant small resort geared toward households and {couples}, which shall be closed for a significant renovation in April 2020.

Antigua Village A posh of vacation residences with self catering studios and suites which can be situated near the seaside, with use of sport services at Halcyon Cove. No restaurant on website however lots close by in addition to a small store for provisions.

Siboney Seashore Membership – Providing suites set in tropical gardens that give out onto the seaside. Meals could be taken within the Salt Plage beachfront restaurant.

Buccaneer Seashore Membership – An aparthotel providing suites and vacation cottages geared up with kitchenette. No restaurant on website however lots close by in addition to a small store for provisions.

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Dickenson Bay in Antigua

Antigua Seashores on the North Coast

Boons Bay and Hodge’s Bay in Antigua

Because the highway turns alongside the northern coast of Antigua, the Boons Bay space is properly developed however primarily with personal residential growth. As you get nearer to the American College of Antigua and VC Chicken Worldwide Airport, there are a few different good locations to eat which can be value looking for.

We stopped at Backyard Grill which is an informal cafe with a world really feel, set again from the seaside and likewise on the charming Cecilia’s Excessive Level Cafe which is simply open on Friday by way of to Monday and was closed after we visited. On this space you’ll be able to keep on the luxurious Blue Waters Resort and Spa that caters for {couples} and households.

Antigua Seashores on the East coast

Lengthy Bay Seashore in Antigua

Lengthy Bay is within the north japanese nook of Antigua that has much less resort resorts however is near Stingray Metropolis and Satan’s Bridge, so it’s a superb place to cease for a swim and loosen up together with these different sights.

All of Antigua’s seashores are public, however as with most of the seashores Lengthy Bay is dominated at one finish by a resort resort – The Pineapple Seashore Membership, whereas the opposite finish is extra utilized by locals and day guests. The sheltered seaside has beautiful clear, calm water for swimming and tremendous white sand, with some shady areas with bushes and mangroves.

There’s additionally a good quantity of business exercise, with an entire row of vibrant wood seaside shacks promoting clothes and souvenirs, seaside loungers for rent and a few cafes and the favored Mama Pasta that overlooks the seaside. The crusing boats and watersports are primarily for using resort company at Pineapple Seashore Membership, but when they aren’t too busy you could possibly negotiate rental of the watersports tools.

You’ll be able to go to the Satan’s Bridge, Betty’s Hope and Lengthy Bay on this Island Safari 4×Four Discovery tour in a 5.5 hour journey from St John’s

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Lengthy Bay in Antigua

Location: Lengthy Bay is on the japanese coast of Antigua, which might usually be a bit extra windy and tough than the west coast, however the bay is sheltered by the reef and was fairly calm after we visited. There are much less resorts and growth on this aspect of the island so it’s extra of an area’s seaside for these dwelling on this aspect of the island.

Amenities: There’s a row of fairly painted seaside shacks promoting souvenirs and seaside clothes. Parking is on the highway or underneath the bushes and bogs can be found for purchasers at Mama Pasta restaurant.

The place to eat: The Mama’s Pasta restaurant is a well-liked native’s selection set simply again from the seaside, with an informal environment serving recent pizza and pasta. The Pineapple Seashore Membership is an all-inclusive resort and the eating places are solely open to resort company.

The place to remain close by: Keep at The Pineapple Seashore Membership, an all inclusive, adults solely Four star resort which gives loads of actions and watersports at Lengthy Bay.

For a extra homestay really feel, we stayed at close by Blue Bay Antigua, which gives comfy en suite bedrooms, shared dwelling area and kitchen and a stunning pool set in gardens with views over the ocean. Blue Bay Antigua is an efficient choice for solo travellers, those that wish to get away from all of it or teams who wish to take all three bedrooms, however you do want a automobile to discover the island.

For a completely luxurious and restful expertise you may also keep close to Lengthy Bay at The Nice Home Antigua, set in an previous historic plantation home which appears like you’re stepping again in time.

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Lengthy Bay in Antigua

Half Moon Bay in Antigua

Half Moon Bay was certainly one of my favorite Antigua seashores and it’s a favourite with locals too, with a pure, unspoiled really feel and little or no growth. Though the bay is sort of sheltered and guarded, the seaside is on the Atlantic aspect of the island and once I visited the waves have been fairly excessive, so maybe it is a good selection for sturdy swimmers and those that need a bit extra wave motion than the calmer Caribbean seashores supply.

Half Moon Bay has a large sweep of sand that stretches in a crescent proper across the bay, backed at every finish with some shady bushes and mangroves and solar loungers to lease.

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Half Moon Bay Antigua

Location: Half Moon Bay is situated on the western coast of Antigua and is a simple drive from English Harbour.

Amenities: There’s a parking space while you arrive and a few seaside cafes right here. At one finish of the seaside close to the mangroves, you’ll be able to lease sunbeds, though I used to be there at a quiet time so I didn’t see any. There aren’t any public bogs however clients of the seaside bars can use their services.

The place to eat:In the midst of the seaside, close to the parking space is a stunning seaside bar – Seashore Bum Bar and Grill, which serves drinks and meals by way of the day and into the night. Additionally on the highway as you strategy the seaside is one other restaurant Smiling Harry’s though I didn’t get an opportunity to do this myself.

The place to remain close by:One of many sights of Half Moon Bay is that there aren’t any resorts on the seaside, though shut by in Change Bay there’s the Mill Reef Membership, a non-public Member’s Membership. You could not have the ability to keep right here until you understand somebody who’s a membership member, however one other resort that’s a brief drive away is Nonsuch Bay, an all inclusive resort that’s excellent for {couples} and household teams.

Half Moon Bay in Antigua

Half Moon Bay in Antigua

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Customer info for Antigua

You’ll discover extra info to plan your journey on the Go to Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Web site

The right way to get to Antigua

If you’re flying to Antigua from the UK the very best flight choices are with British Airways (6-7 instances per week) or Virgin Atlantic (Four instances per week) who each fly direct to Antigua VC Chicken Airport (ANU) situated within the north of the island. The flight time is round 9 hours. You may also take oblique flights that transit by way of US airports and if travelling from the USA there are additionally many direct flights to Antigua.

We advocate Skyscanner to plan flight routes and discover the very best costs.

Accommodations in Antigua

I’ve talked about a number of resorts that we observed or visited on this journey to Antigua. Most of the resort resorts supply all inclusive packages and these shall be good worth when you primarily need a stress-free break spent across the resort pool or on the seaside. Examine costs and ebook for Accommodations in Antigua

Excursions in Antigua

I’ve talked about fairly a number of enjoyable excursions all through this text and you’ll search the Viator website for different excursions in Antigua. Taking a around the island tour could be a nice choice when you resolve to not rent a automobile, enabling you to see plenty of locations of curiosity simply in at some point.

Getting round Antigua

Should you prefer to discover as we do, then it’s most likely greatest to rent a automobile for some or your whole keep. There are a variety of automobile rent suppliers situated at Antigua VC Chicken Airport and you’ll require an area driving licence lasting for Three months which your automobile rent firm will concern to you for extra cost of $20 US. Basically it’s cheaper to lease from the airport and charges shall be higher when you ebook for an extended interval.

If you’re primarily planning to loosen up at certainly one of Antigua’s many all inclusive seaside resorts, then chances are you’ll discover it simpler and cheaper to rearrange taxis regionally or take excursions and excursions to go to a number of the locations of curiosity round Antigua. Taxis can simply be known as at resorts or eating places, particularly round St Johns, however in case you are visiting a spot that’s away from the primary cities then it’s greatest to rearrange the return taxi pickup upfront together with your taxi driver.

Native minivan buses additionally run all through the island, particularly radiating out from the island capital of St John’s to the primary villages and settlements. They’re privately run leaving repeatedly as soon as full, and are versatile in the place they drop you though there are recognised bus stops. The mini buses are cheap and could be a enjoyable approach to get a extra native expertise, however remember to take native recommendation on the routes so that you don’t get caught in a spot with no return transport.

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