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 southwestern side of the island of Antigua, in the vicinity of John Hughes, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Travelers who'd like to avoid renting a car will like how easy it is to reach Carlisle Bay East. There are so many things to do in the area, as this beach is right in the center of all the daytime activity.

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 concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to try local specialties from one of the local vendors who are generally found here.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Fortunately, umbrellas and chairs will be available for guests looking for some respite from the sun. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Carlisle Bay East on the South West coast of Antigua; it will be near other attractions like Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you want to combine a little culture with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Admiral House, one of the closest museums, so it would be an easy side trip to take after the beach.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Antigua. The following table includes the closest attractions.

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

Not far away you'll find Falmouth Harbour, a town which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. Carlisle Bay East is not located near many major hotels, but you may meet visitors staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

Beach-goers seeking a place to stay close to Carlisle Bay East won't find it that tough, as there is no shortage of resorts and hotels to pick from close-by. You will find the closest booking options by perusing those listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Carlisle Bay East
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Carlisle Bay -- -- Resort
Curtain Bluff -- -- Resort
The Catamaran Hotel -- -- Hotel
Keyonna Beach Resort -- -- 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


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to walk to a local restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, without straying too far from your current location. One of the closest places to eat is East. This restaurant serves both Fusion and Japanese menu items.

The following table lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

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

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach will have other options if Carlisle Bay East doesn't suit their tastes.

If the active mood at Carlisle Bay East is what you're looking for, you'll want to consider also visiting Rendezvous Bay, a beach with a similar ambiance. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Turner's Beach is an area secluded from lots of tourists and buildings.

You may also enjoy Curtain Bluff Beach, which is an additional nearby Antigua destination.

Perhaps Carlisle Bay East is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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