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 edge of the island of Antigua, You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying nearby. Many of the beaches in Antigua are quiet and secluded, but Cove Bay Beach offers those same relaxation qualities without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.

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, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the East coast of Antigua; this area boasts other attractions such as Taino's & Millennium Galleries, which is one of the closest attractions.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. It's not far from the shores at Cove Bay Beach, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

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 very close to Jolly Harbour, so walking the city is a definite option. Nearby, you'll find the city of Jolly Harbour, which is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the beach, Jolly Harbour is just up the road, roughly one and an eighth miles (a kilometer and a half).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how packed the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few other guests who are staying close by.

Since the beach is situated in a pretty popular vacation destination, it is not typically very tough to find a hotel close-by that suits you tastes. For guests looking to book a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table lists the closest 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 on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, 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 have become well-known, however, because of their seafood.

The table below lists nearby restaurant options.

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

Needless to say, Cove Bay Beach isn't the only beach worth visitng in Antigua.

You might also enjoy Jolly Beach, situated just a little ways away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, Little Pearns Bay Beach may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it a half mile to the northwest.

You might also want to visit Hermitage Bay, which is an additional nearby Antigua destination.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Antigua, but Cove Bay Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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