Cove Bay Beach

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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.

Set on the western edge of the island of Antigua, You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you are staying in the immediate vicinity. Travelers looking for a spot that's a little out of the way, but still active, may find that Cove Bay Beach is just the right spot. It's slightly off the beaten path, but it's not totally secluded either.

How to Access The Beach
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.

Amenities and Ambiance

Backed by a line of trees, Cove Bay Beach is secluded from the road and from all save the people on the beach.

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

What's Nearby


This spot is on the East coast of Antigua; the area hosts attractions such as Taino's & Millennium Galleries, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you're interested in mixing a little culture with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. This museum is relatively near Cove Bay Beach, so it would be an easy side trip to take after some time in the sun.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Cove Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Taino's & Millennium Galleries Art Gallery 1.1 mi. SE Antigua
Jolly Harbour Golf Course Golf Course 1.2 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
Gismary Art Gallery 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 Museum of Antigua and Barbuda Museum 4.7 mi. NE Antigua

Cities and Towns

Cove Bay Beach is close to Jolly Harbour, so a trip into the city is a definite option. The closest town is Jolly Harbour, which is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the shore, Jolly Harbour is just up the road, roughly one and an eighth miles (a kilometer and a half).


How many other people you encounter at Cove Bay Beach will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Since the beach is located in a pretty popular tourist destination, it shouldn't be a great challenge to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you and your party are wanting to book a place that's near the beach, the table that follows shows the closest accommodation options to Cove Bay Beach.

Accommodations near Cove Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
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
Cocos 2.0 mi. S Hotel
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 Resort 3.2 mi. S Hotel


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. Castaways is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves both Asian and Creole cuisines. They are also known for their seafood.

Nearby restaurant options are shown below.

Restaurants near Cove Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Castaways (268) 562-4446 Asian, Creole, International -- 1.0 mi. SE
Peter's BBQ Steak House (268) 462-6026 Steak house -- -- --
Saffron Restaurant (268) 562-4781 Asian, Eclectic, Indian Fine Dining -- --
Al Porto (268) 562-7848 Italian -- 1.2 mi. SE
Bocciolo Italian Restaurant (268) 462-0061 Italian -- 1.3 mi. SE
Hemispheres International Restaurant (268) 462-0061 International -- 1.3 mi. SE
Lydia's Caribbean Seafood Restaurant (268) 462-0061 Caribbean -- 1.3 mi. SE
Ustav Indian Cuisine (268) 462-0061 Indian -- 1.3 mi. SE
Melini's Ristorante (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

Other Beaches

Vacationers in search of the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices in Antigua besides Cove Bay Beach.

You might also enjoy Jolly Beach, situated only a short distance away. More active guests, though, may be interested in Little Pearns Bay Beach, which could provide more action, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. You'll find it a half mile to the northwest.

Vacationers may also want to visit Hermitage Bay, another great beach choice in Antigua.

There's plenty to see and do in Antigua, and Cove Bay Beach offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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