Beaches in Antigua

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

Photo credit: © Antigua & Barbuda Tourist Office
 

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.

Beaches Map

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.

The Area's Beaches

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.

Green Island Beach

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.

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 1.1 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
Green Bay Beach 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
Harmony Hall Eastern Beach 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
Maiden Island Beach 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
Pearns Bay South Beach 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
York Island Beach 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.

  • 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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