Cades Bay Beach

As part of a marine reserve, Cades Bay is protected from a lot of maritime traffic, granting visitors unobstructed views of the large expanse of the ocean, save perhaps an isolated sail boat passing by.

Positioned on the southwestern edge of the island of Antigua, near St. John's, You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying very close. This beach is not just a pleasant attraction, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches in Antigua. While Cades Bay Beach might be a little more difficult to reach, it permits unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

How to Access The Beach
Guests looking for Cades Bay will need to travel along Old Road, the main coastal road in the south. As you are passing the area known as Cades Bay, you will need to look out for dirt roads taking you further south to the water.

Amenities and Ambiance

With a sand bar a ways out, Cades Bay Beach is very calm, with the waters gently flowing onto the shore rather than crashing in a wave.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

If you find that you choose beach days that bring guests a peaceful haven, then think about trying out Cades Bay Beach; it is found within a much quieter section of Antigua.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Cades Bay Beach is on the South coast of Antigua. It is near some interesting sites like Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery, which is one of a number of local attractions.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Admiral House, a lovely museum found six and a half miles away, so it would be an easy side trip to take after the beach.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Cades Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.8 mi. ENE Antigua
Greencastle Hill Park Historical Site 3.6 mi. N Antigua
Jolly Harbour Golf Course Golf Course 3.6 mi. NNW Antigua
Taino's & Millennium Galleries Art Gallery 3.6 mi. NNW Antigua
Sweets Windmill Ruins Historical Site 3.8 mi. NE Antigua
Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour Zip Line Site 4.5 mi. ENE Antigua
Monk's Hill Park Park 5.6 mi. E Antigua
Shell Shot Photographers and Photographic Portrait Studios 5.9 mi. E Antigua
Nelson's Ruins West Historical Site 6.1 mi. E Antigua
Nelson's Ruins Northeast Historical Site 6.2 mi. E Antigua
Nelson's Ruins Southeast Historical Site 6.2 mi. E Antigua
Rhythm Of Blue Art Gallery Art Gallery 6.3 mi. E Antigua

Cities and Towns

The town of Jolly Harbour is close-by and is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the shore, Jolly Harbour is just up the road, about three and a half miles (six kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time of day to how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. Cades Bay Beach is not located near many major hotels, but you may meet visitors staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

Since the beach is situated in a relatively popular vacation spot, it is not usually much of a challenge to find a hotel close-by that suits your needs. For those wanting to book a place that's near the beach, the table that follows shows the closest accommodations to Cades Bay Beach.

Accommodations near Cades Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Curtain Bluff 1.3 mi. ESE Resort
Carlisle Bay 1.8 mi. E Resort
Keyonna Beach Resort 2.3 mi. WNW Hotel
Sugar Ridge Resort Limited 2.9 mi. NW Hotel
Cocobay Resort 3.1 mi. NW Resort
Cocos 3.2 mi. NW Hotel
Jolly Beach Resort & Spa 3.4 mi. NW Resort
Tranquility Bay 3.6 mi. NW Hotel
Hermitage Bay 4.8 mi. NNW Resort
The Catamaran Hotel 5.5 mi. E Hotel


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to eat at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, without having to go far. One of the nearest restaurants is The Sea Grape. The restaurant has Italian cuisine. They are also known for their pasta. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's not far off the beach at all.

The table below lists dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Cades Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
The Sea Grape -- Italian Informal 1.3 mi. ESE
The Tamarind Tree -- Eclectic Informal 1.3 mi. ESE
OJ's Bar and Restaurant (268) 460-1084 Bar and grill -- 1.6 mi. W
East (268) 484-0000 Fusion, Japanese, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim, Thai Informal 1.8 mi. E
Indigo on the Beach (268) 484-0000 Caribbean Informal 1.8 mi. E
Ottimo! (268) 484-0000 Italian Very Casual 1.8 mi. E
Turner's Beach Grill (268) 462-9133 Caribbean, International -- 2.0 mi. W
Gibsons (268) 562-2218 English, International -- 2.2 mi. WNW
Keyonna Beach Restaurant (268) 764-2133 Caribbean, International Very Casual 2.3 mi. WNW
Jacqui O's BeachHouse (268) 562-2218 French Informal 2.3 mi. WNW
Darkwood Beach Bar (268) 462-8240 Caribbean -- 2.7 mi. NW
Carmichael's (268) 562-7700 ext. 329 Caribbean -- 2.9 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Antigua has many nice beaches, and Cades Bay Beach is just one option.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Carlisle Bay East, a beach which also offers sufficient quietude and peace. Carlisle Bay is a secluded ocean oasis for travelers seeking a quiet and private vacation experience. Snorkeling is fabulous at this beach and the locals are friendly. Though there aren't many activities, the pristine beach and warm Caribbean waters are all you need for a tranquil Antiguan vacation. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, Darkwood Beach may be just what you're looking for. It's located two and a half miles to the northwest.

Travelers may also want to consider Morris Bay, which is located a mile away.

Of course, Antigua has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but Cades Bay Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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