Cove Bay Beach is located right across from Jolly Harbor. With that said, it is much quieter and much less developed than Jolly Harbor. Cove Bay is a natural beach, and it has trees and vegetation instead of boutiques and beach bars.
Located on the western coast of the island of Antigua, You should consider dropping by whether or not you are staying nearby. Those searching for a somewhat calm, but somewhat social beach in Antigua should give Cove Bay Beach a try. It's just slightly removed from the center of it all, but it also doesn't completely lack a social atmosphere.
When heading towards the peninsula that the beach is located on, you will need to take the road going North away from Jolly Harbor and towards the Hermitage Bay. After passing the resort, the road turns into a dirt road that then splits north and south. Take it south, and after you go around a curve there will be another turn south. Take it and you will be at the beach.
Backed by a line of trees, Cove Bay Beach is secluded from the road and from all save the people on the beach.
Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.
Cove Bay Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the East coast of Antigua; it's located near attractions like, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.
If you're interested in combining a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. This museum is relatively near Cove Bay Beach, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.
Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.
|Art Gallery||1.1 mi.||SE||Antigua|
|Jolly Harbour Golf Course||Golf Course||1.2 mi.||SE||Antigua|
|Casino at Jolly Beach||Casino||1.3 mi.||SE||Antigua|
|Royal Antiguan||Gambling Arcade||3.1 mi.||NNE||Antigua|
|Greencastle Hill Park||Historical Site||3.2 mi.||E||Antigua|
|Fort Barrington||Historical Site||3.5 mi.||N||Antigua|
|Fort James||Historical Site||4.2 mi.||NE||Antigua|
|King's Casino||Casino||4.5 mi.||NE||Antigua|
|Art Gallery||4.5 mi.||NE||Antigua|
|ZEMI Art Gallery||Art Gallery||4.5 mi.||NE||Antigua|
|Paradise Casino||Casino||4.5 mi.||NE||Antigua|
|Asot's Arcade||Slot Machine Arcade||4.6 mi.||NE||Antigua|
The closest town is St. John's, which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the beach, Jolly Harbour is a fairly short distance away, roughly one and an eighth miles (a kilometer and a half).
The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how packed the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.
Since the beach is situated in a pretty popular tourist destination, it is not typically that tough to find a hotel close-by that suits your needs. If you are hoping to get a place that's on or near the ocean, the table that follows shows the options closest to Cove Bay Beach.
|Hermitage Bay||0.5 mi.||NE||Resort|
|Tranquility Bay||1.1 mi.||SE||Hotel|
|Jolly Beach Resort & Spa||1.3 mi.||SE||Resort|
|Sugar Ridge Resort Limited||1.9 mi.||SSE||Hotel|
|Cocobay Resort||1.9 mi.||S||Resort|
|Hawksbill Beach Resort||2.4 mi.||N||Resort|
|Galley Bay||2.8 mi.||N||Hotel|
|Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort||3.1 mi.||NNE||Hotel|
|Keyonna Beach Hotel||3.2 mi.||S||Hotel|
If you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. One of the closest restaurants is. The restaurant offers both Asian and Creole dishes on the menu. They are also famous for their seafood.
A few nearby dining options are listed in the following table.
|(268) 562-4446||Asian, Creole, International||--||1.0 mi.||SE|
|(268) 462-6026||Steak house||--||--||--|
|(268) 562-4781||Asian, Eclectic, Indian||Fine Dining||--||--|
|Al Porto||(268) 562-7848||Italian||--||1.3 mi.||SE|
|(268) 462-0061||Italian||--||1.3 mi.||SE|
|(268) 462-0061||International||--||1.3 mi.||SE|
|(268) 462-0061||Caribbean||--||1.3 mi.||SE|
|(268) 462-0061||Indian||--||1.3 mi.||SE|
|(268) 562-4173||Italian||--||1.4 mi.||SE|
|The Crow's Nest||(268) 562-2637||International||Very Casual||1.4 mi.||SE|
|Sugar Club Restaurant||(268) 484-3702||International||Informal||1.8 mi.||SE|
|Carmichael's||(268) 562-7700 ext. 329||Caribbean||--||1.9 mi.||SSE|
There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from in Antigua, so if Cove Bay Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.
Another location you might enjoy is Jolly Beach, located just a little ways away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might like Little Pearns Bay Beach. You'll find it a half mile to the northwest.
You may also enjoy Hermitage Bay, one of the many great Antigua beach sites.
Maybe Cove Bay Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.
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