Beaches in Antigua

Beach-goers will have plenty of beaches to choose from while visiting Antigua and Barbuda

Photo credit: © Antigua & Barbuda Tourist Office

Antigua Beach
 

With 365 beaches, Antigua is known for having a beach for every day of the year. The warm, calm waters of the Caribbean allow vacationers to make a splash in the protected salty sea. On Barbuda, the beaches are mostly marked by salmon-colored sands, and some of this small island's beaches are facing the more turbulent waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

With 365 beaches, Antigua has plenty to offer. Below you can view some of the most popular ones. To learn about the many others, please see are local guides to areas like Jolly Harbour, Falmouth Harbour, and others.

All of the beaches on both Antigua and Barbuda are open to the public, though some of the more isolated beaches may be a little difficult to access. However, some of these hard-to-reach beaches are among the island's most beautiful, making the journey well worth the effort. Before venturing to these secluded shores, be sure to get a good map and explicit directions.

Pick Your Ideal Beach

You will discover a large number of beaches to consider on the island. Regardless of whether you prefer being around other people, or you prefer having more of the sand to yourself, you should find some appealing options. For more information concerning a specific beach just click on the names of the ones you would like to learn about

Runaway Beach

If you love snorkeling, a place where that's an option is Pigeon Point. Pigeon Point is conveniently located, just a five minute drive from English Harbour. It's on Antigua's southeastern coastline.

Another good choice for snorkelers is Exchange Bay Beach. With how large, calm, and beautiful Exchange Bay is, it is sometimes hard to imagine why it is so empty. The beach primarily serves the villas and houses that are found just behind it, most of which have personal beach access.

Green Island Beach: One of the many small islands off the Antiguan coast, Green isle is a privately owned island, which has belonged to the Mill Reef club since 1947. If you visit, you will discover several beautiful, secluded beaches.

The beaches on Antigua are listed in the following table.

Beaches On Antigua
Name Location Island Coast
Cades Bay Beach 6.8 mi. South of Central St. John's Antigua South
Carlisle Bay East 1.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central John Hughes Antigua South West
Coco Beach 1.2 mi. South West of Central Jolly Harbour Antigua East
Cove Bay Beach 1.1 mi. Northwest of Central Jolly Harbour Antigua East
Curtain Bluff Beach 2.2 mi. South West of Central John Hughes Antigua South West
Darkwood Beach 1.8 mi. South of Central Jolly Harbour Antigua West
Deep Bay 2.8 mi. West of Central St. John's Antigua North West
Dickenson Bay 2.8 mi. North of Central St. John's Antigua North West
Exchange Bay Beach 3.7 mi. South of Central Grand Pinapple Beach Antigua South East
Ffryes Beach 1.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Jolly Harbour Antigua West
Fort James Beach 1.5 mi. Northwest of Downtown St. John's Antigua North West
Galleon Beach 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour Antigua South
Galley Bay Beach 3.5 mi. West of Central St. John's Antigua North West
Grape Bay East 2.8 mi. Northwest of Central Grand Pinapple Beach Guinea Island North East
Grape Bay West 3.1 mi. Northwest of Central Grand Pinapple Beach Guinea Island North East
Great Bird Island Beach 4.0 mi. Northwest of Central Grand Pinapple Beach Great Bird Island South
Great Deep Bay Beach 3.1 mi. South of Central Grand Pinapple Beach Antigua South East
Green Bay Beach 2.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Grand Pinapple Beach Antigua South East
Green Bay Isthmus Beach 2.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Grand Pinapple Beach Antigua South East
Green Island Beach 2.4 mi. Southeast of Central Grand Pinapple Beach Green Island West
Half Moon Bay Beach 3.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Mamora Bay Antigua South East
Harmony Hall Eastern Beach 2.1 mi. South of Central Grand Pinapple Beach Antigua East
Harmony Hall Western Beach 2.1 mi. South of Central Grand Pinapple Beach Antigua East
Hawksbill Bay 3.6 mi. West of Central St. John's Antigua West
Hermitage Bay 1.9 mi. South of Central Five Islands Antigua West
Jabberwock 4.2 mi. Northeast of Central St. John's Antigua North
Jolly Beach 0.1 mi. West of Central Jolly Harbour Antigua West
Landing Bay 3.6 mi. West of Central St. John's Antigua West
Little Pearns Bay Beach 1.6 mi. Northwest of Central Jolly Harbour Antigua East
Long Bay 0.1 mi. Northeast of Central Grand Pinapple Beach Antigua East
Long Island Beach North 6.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. John's Long Island North
Long Island Beach West 6.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. John's Long Island West
Maiden Island Beach 5.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. John's Maiden Island North East
Mamora Bay Beach 0.1 mi. Northeast of Central Mamora Bay Antigua South
Morris Bay 2.2 mi. South West of Central John Hughes Antigua South West
Nonsuch Bay North 0.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Grand Pinapple Beach Antigua East
Nonsuch Bay South 1.1 mi. South of Central Grand Pinapple Beach Antigua East
Pearns Bay South Beach 1.5 mi. Northwest of Central Jolly Harbour Antigua East
Pigeon Point 0.9 mi. South West of Central Falmouth Harbour Antigua South
Pigeon's Beach 0.6 mi. South of Central Falmouth Harbour Antigua South
Pinching Bay 4.0 mi. West of Central St. John's Antigua West
Rendezvous Bay 2.2 mi. West of Central Falmouth Harbour Antigua South
Runaway Beach 2.0 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown St. John's Antigua North West
Shoal Bay 4.2 mi. Northeast of Central St. John's Antigua North
Soldier Bay East 3.5 mi. North of Central St. John's Antigua North West
Soldier Bay West 3.3 mi. North of Central St. John's Antigua North West
St. James Club Beach 0.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Mamora Bay Antigua South
St. Johns Harbor South 1.6 mi. West of Downtown St. John's Antigua North West
St. Johns Harbor West 2.3 mi. West of Central St. John's Antigua North West
Stony Horn Bay Beach 1.5 mi. Northwest of Central Jolly Harbour Antigua East
Trafalgar Beach 2.6 mi. West of Central St. John's Antigua North East
Turner's Beach 7.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central St. John's Antigua South West
Valley Church Beach 0.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Jolly Harbour Antigua West
Willoughby Bay 1.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Mamora Bay Antigua South East
Windward Beach 0.9 mi. South of Central Falmouth Harbour Antigua South
Winthorpes Bay Beach 2.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Cassada Gardens Antigua North East
York Island Beach 3.4 mi. South-Southeast of Central Grand Pinapple Beach York Island West

If you want to learn about a wider selection of attractions beyond what's offered in this category, you should look farther afield. If you're interested, you can find out more about other attractions on this page.

The beaches on Antigua can generally be categorized by the region of the island on which they're located.

  • Northwest: Travelers who want to enjoy the ultimate beach-resort experience may find that the accommodations on the northwest shores are perfect for their island vacation, as it is one of the most developed regions. These beaches are popular with both locals and tourists, where sailing is a prevalent past time.
  • South and Southwest: The southwest region of Antigua is adorned with emerald green hills, and its coastline is generally less developed than the shores near St. Johns in the north. A rugged road meanders along the southwest coast passing several of the beaches. On the south central coast of Antigua, you'll find a few secluded tranquil beaches, which may be hard to reach but offer the perfect place to relax with plenty of sand, surf, and sunshine.
  • East: Half Moon Bay Beach, which is now a national park, is located on the southeast shores of Antigua. The beaches here often encounter particularly rough surf, drawing surfers and wake boarders to the area. Heading farther east, you'll find Long Bay, which is another excellent choice for beach goers with children because of its calm waters, which are protected by a coral reef formation.

Also, do not forget about the sister island of Barbuda, where you will find some other beaches.

Learn more about all of Antigua's beaches by visiting our local beach guides.

 

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