Antigua Beaches.
Antigua is said to have 365 beaches, one for every day of the year. All are open to the public, and so the challenge posed to a visitor is not how to gain access to the best of them but simply how to locate the beach that suits one's taste. Exploring on your own is the best way to do this, although it is wise to bring a companion along to particularly isolated locations. Locals are understandably reluctant to divulge their own favourites, so here are a number of good starters. Be sure to acquire specific directions before you go. Enjoy this sampling of the beautiful beaches of Antigua.

Carlisle Bay beach:
Located by the village of Old Road on Antigua's south coast, Carlisle Beach's expansive beach offers clear waters, fine sand and excellent snorkelling where you can find a wide variety of tropical fish.

Crab Hill beach(Turner's):
Located at the village of Crab Hill on the south west coast, Crab Hill Beach is cooled by gentle trade-winds, and offers a great venue for tanning in the tropical sun. On exceptionally clear days, the Island of Montserrat can be seen on the horizon.

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Darkwood beach:
Located on the south west coast, about 5 minutes drive south of Jolly Harbour. Crystal blue waters, great snorkelling and gentle cooling breezes makes Darkwood Beach a popular choice.

Fort Bay beach:
Located at Fort Bay on the northwest coast, this 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 Beach is also popular spot for cruise ship visitors, as it's only a 5-10 minutes drive from the cruise ship dock in St.John's.

Carol and I walking a beach in Barbuda

Fryes beach:
Located at Fryes point on the west coast, Fryes Beach features powder white sand and  great views of Montserrat on exceptionally clear days. Like most of the beautiful beaches of Antigua, it's ideal for snorkelling

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Galley Bay beach:
Located near Five Islands Village on the northwest coast, Galley Bay Beach boasts white sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters. If you are fortunate during your visit you may even witness the hatching of sea turtles who sometimes use the beach as a nesting place.

Half Moon Bay beach:
Located about a 5 minute drive from Freetown village on the south east coast of Antigua, Half Moon Beach has fine pink sand, wonderful cooling breezes and an active surf.

Green Island:
Located just off the east coast of Antigua, this uninhabited island just off the east coast of Antigua and offers a wide variety of pristine white sand secluded beaches to discover. It is a popular stop for many Antigua sea charters and excursions and offers many opportunities for some excellent snorkelling.

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Mamora Bay, one of our favourite areas

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Jabberwock beach:
Located on the north-eastern coast, Jabberwock beach features a mile long white sand beach. A favourite with locals and visitors alike, the warm waters are a fun place for playing in the surf.

Galley Bay Beach:
Located at Five Islands Village on the northwest coast of Antigua
Dickenson's beach:
Located along the island's developed north-western coast.
Deep Bay:
Located in Five Islands Village in the western corner of Antigua
Dutchman's Bay:
Located on the north coast of Antigua near the airport.

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Jolly Beach:
Located on the West coast at Jolly Harbour, offers a mile long powder white sand beach on the warm waters of the Caribbean sea. With plenty of restaurants, water sports, and shopping amenities nearby, it's a great place to spend a day, or your entire holiday on Antigua.
If you're looking for a good set of chairs to bring with you to the beach be sure to looks for garden furniture sale prices you might be able to find in your local stores or garage sales.

Long Bay beach:
Closest Hotel: Occidental Grand Pineapple Beach

Located about 5 minutes from the village of Willikies at Long Bay on the east coast, Long Bay Beach's fine white sand and crystal blue waters make it a great place for snorkelling or just relaxing in the sun.

Pigeon's Point beach:
Located about a 5min drive from English Harbour on the south east coast of Antigua, Pigeon's Point beach is a favourite spot for the local community as well as visitors, Pigeon's Point beach also is a fun place for snorkelling.

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Runaway beach:
Located on the northwest coast, Runaway beach, a seeming endless white sand expanse, is home to many popular resorts, restaurants and bars, Runaway beach is a fun place to discover on your Antigua holiday. If you get to hot in your wandering, hop in and cool off in the clear waters of one of Antigua's most popular destinations.
Valley Church beach:
Located on the west coast just south of Jolly Harbour offering powder white sands in the calm waters of Lignum Vitae Bay. Relax in the warm waters as local fishing boats glide by. You'll marvel at the beauty of this spot.

Some other beaches:

Fort James Beach: Located at Fort Bay on the northwest coast of Antigua.

Freeman's Bay (Galleon Beach): Set within the Nelson's Dockyard National Park.

Great Bird Island: One of the largest of the North Sound islands.

Half Moon Beach: Located about a 5 minute drive from Freetown village on the south east coast of Antigua.

Hawksbill Beaches: Located in the Five Islands peninsula, 5 minutes from St. John's

Hermitage Bay: Located between the capital St. John's and Jolly Harbour.

Hog Bay & Rubbish Bay: Located on the east coast of Barbuda.
Morris Bay: Located on the south coast of Antigua.

Palm Beach: Located on the west coast of Barbuda near the Codrington Lagoon.

Pigeon Point Beach: Located about a 5min drive from English Harbour on the south east coast of Antigua.

Pink Sand Beach: Located a few miles south of Codrington in Barbuda.

Rendezvous Bay: Located on the south side of the island near Falmouth Harbour.

Windward Beach: located on the South East coast of the island near English Harbour.


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