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.
You'll find a large number of beaches to consider visiting on the island. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you like having more of the beach to yourself, you can find a beach that appeals to you. To read a detailed article concerning a single beach you can click on the names of the ones you want to learn about.
A beach with snorkeling is Galleon Beach. This beach is inland on the coast of Deep Bay. The water has a lot of boat traffic and the beach has some boat docks as well.
Another option to consider is Great Bird Island Beach. Great Bird Island has some beautiful reefs for snorkeling and great beaches to visit. It's home to rare native wildlife, including birds, lizards and snakes so bring your binoculars if this interests you.
Long Bay: Whether you just want to sit in a beach chair and soak up the rays or you're interested in strolling around the area, chatting with colorful locals or enjoying the view of the blue green ocean, this is great and easily accessible beach. It's superfine white sand feels great on bare feet, the preferred footwear of Antigua.
The table right below enables you to get more information about the beaches that you can find on the island.
|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|
|1.1 mi. South-Southwest 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||Eastern Antigua||Antigua||South East|
|Ffryes Beach||1.4 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||1.6 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||Guinea Island||Guinea Island||North East|
|Grape Bay West||Guinea Island||Guinea Island||North East|
|Great Bird Island Beach||Northeastern part of Antigua||Great Bird Island||South|
|Great Deep Bay Beach||Eastern Antigua||Antigua||South East|
|Eastern Antigua||Antigua||South East|
|Green Bay Isthmus Beach||Eastern Antigua||Antigua||South East|
|Green Island Beach||Eastern part of Antigua||Green Island||West|
|Half Moon Bay Beach||3.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central Mamora Bay||Antigua||South East|
|Nonsuch Bay, Eastern part of Antigua||Antigua||East|
|Harmony Hall Western Beach||Nonsuch Bay, Eastern part of Antigua||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||0.0 mi. West-Northwest 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||Eastern part of 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|
|5.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. John's||Maiden Island||North East|
|Mamora Bay Beach||0.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Mamora Bay||Antigua||South|
|Morris Bay||2.2 mi. South West of Central John Hughes||Antigua||South West|
|Nonsuch Bay North||Willikies, Eastern part of Antigua||Antigua||East|
|Nonsuch Bay South||Eastern Antigua||Antigua||East|
|1.5 mi. Northwest of Central Jolly Harbour||Antigua||East|
|Pigeon Point||1.2 mi. South West of Central Falmouth Harbour||Antigua||South|
|Pigeon's Beach||0.9 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||0.1 mi. East-Southeast 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||0.8 mi. South of Central Jolly Harbour||Antigua||West|
|Willoughby Bay||1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Mamora Bay||Antigua||South East|
|Windward Beach||1.2 mi. South of Central Falmouth Harbour||Antigua||South|
|Winthorpes Bay Beach||2.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Cassada Gardens||Antigua||North East|
|Eastern part of Antigua||York Island||West|
If you want to learn about a wider selection of attractions beyond this category, you might want to look farther afield. For more in-depth coverage of other attractions, go to this page.
The beaches on Antigua can generally be categorized by the region of the island on which they're located.
Learn more about all of Antigua's beaches by visiting our local beach guides.
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