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.

Located on the island of Antigua, near St. John's, You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity. This beach is not just beautiful, it is one of the more unique and quiet beaches in Antigua. While Cades Bay Beach might be a bit off the beaten path, it's the best place to take an undisturbed nap on the sand.

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, restrooms will not be available here, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

Cades Bay Beach offers visitors a calm and serene place to escape, since the region surrounding the beach is away from most urbanization.

What's Nearby


Set on the South coast of Antigua; this area boasts other attractions such as Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Antigua, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. One of the nearest historical attractions is Greencastle Hill Park, which is only a brief cab ride away.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't get bored. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Cades Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.8 mi. ENE Antigua
Casino at Jolly Beach Casino 3.4 mi. NW 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

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of Jolly Harbour is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From Cades Bay Beach, Jolly Harbour isn't far off, maybe three and a half miles (six kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it can attract visitors staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Vacationers trying to find a room close to Cades Bay Beach should find themselves in luck, as there are plenty of hotels to pick from in the immediate vicinity. Find the closest, most convenient booking options by perusing what's listed in the following table.

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 Hotel 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


If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the closest places to eat is The Sea Grape. The restaurant has a menu featuring Italian food. They are also famous for their pasta. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby dining options are shown in the table below.

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 -- 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

Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them in Antigua will have lots of options besides Cades Bay Beach.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Carlisle Bay East, another area that offers plenty of 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. Others might prefer Darkwood Beach, which offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to other tourist hot-spots. It's found two and a half miles to the northwest.

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

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Antigua, but Cades Bay Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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