Carlisle Bay East

Carlisle Bay boasts a curved sweep of soft white sand flanked by turquoise ocean on one side and plenty of spindly palm trees on the other. Curtain Bluff Resort and several villas line beach itself, but public access is still available.

Located on the island of Antigua, in the vicinity of John Hughes, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Those of you who might prefer a beach that's a little less crowded, but still fun and active, should pay a visit to Carlisle Bay East. Generally, it's not an overly popular part of the coast, but it's not totally devoid of people either.

How to Access The Beach

Curtain Bluff Resort dominates a large area of Carlisle Bay East, however public access is available. At the bend where Old Road and Fig Tree Road meet is a dirt road which leads directly to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Located on Antigua's south coast and cut in from the open ocean, the bay provides calm waters for swimming. Snorkeling here is also possible because some reefs and rocks populate the ocean bed on either side of the beach, but most of ocean floor has only the same soft sand that covers the shoreline.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to order lunch from one of the local vendors who are typically found at this location.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Fortunately, chairs and umbrellas will be offered here for visitors looking for a relaxing spot in the shade. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear enough for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the South West coast of Antigua. Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery is one of a few popular spots in the area.

If you want to combine a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Admiral House, one of the closest museums, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of things to do. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Carlisle Bay East
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery Art Gallery 1.8 NNE Antigua
Sweets Windmill Ruins Historical Site 2.9 NNE Antigua
Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour Zip Line Site 3.3 NE Antigua
Monk's Hill Park Park 3.9 E Antigua
Greencastle Hill Park Historical Site 4.1 N Antigua

Cities and Towns

Nearby, you'll find the town of Falmouth Harbour, which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how full nearby hotel rooms are. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it can appeal to guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Vacationers seeking a room not far from the beach won't find it that difficult, as there are plenty of resorts and hotels to pick from in the immediate vicinity. You'll find the closest and most convenient lodging options by viewing those listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Carlisle Bay East
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Carlisle Bay -- -- Resort
Curtain Bluff -- -- Resort
The Catamaran Hotel -- -- Hotel
Keyonna Beach Hotel -- -- Hotel
Sugar Ridge Resort Limited -- -- Hotel
Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort -- -- Resort
Admiral's Inn -- -- Hotel
The Copper & Lumber Store Hotel -- -- Hotel
The Ocean Inn -- -- Hotel
Cocobay Resort -- -- Resort


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the closest restaurants is East. The restaurant serves both Fusion and Japanese cuisines.

Nearby restaurants are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Carlisle Bay East
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
East (268) 484-0000 Fusion, Japanese, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim, Thai Informal -- --
Indigo on the Beach (268) 484-0000 Caribbean Informal -- --
Ottimo! (268) 484-0000 Italian Very Casual -- --
The Sea Grape -- Italian Informal -- --
The Tamarind Tree -- Eclectic Informal -- --
OJ's Bar and Restaurant (268) 460-1084 Bar and grill -- -- --
Captain's Quarters (268) 460-1036 International Informal -- --
Turner's Beach Grill (268) 462-9133 Caribbean, International -- -- --
Cambusa Italian Restaurant (268) 562-2226 Italian -- -- --
Bumpkins (268) 562-2522 Caribbean -- -- --
Pasta Rite Ya (268) 764-2819 Italian -- -- --
Sweet T's (268) 460-1854 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Antigua, so if Carlisle Bay East doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

You may also like Rendezvous Bay, which is home to plenty of activity. If you're looking for a more secluded beach experience, you might enjoy Turner's Beach.

You may also enjoy Curtain Bluff Beach, another great Antigua beach site.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Antigua, and Carlisle Bay East is just one of the many options.


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