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.

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.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby


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 Taino's & Millennium Galleries, 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.

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
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
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

Cities and Towns

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.

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 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 Castaways. 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.

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 -- 1.3 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

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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