Darkwood Beach

What's nice about Darkwood Beach is that there's not a single building on it. It feels like an escape from reality. It's undeveloped but still easily accessible. The water can be pretty choppy, but nothing too harsh. The beach faces West and so it's a great spot to watch the sunset. There's a few rocky areas and hills for scenery.

Set on the western coast of the island of Antigua, You might think about stopping by whether or not you are staying particularly close by. Those searching for a somewhat calm, but somewhat social beach in Antigua might enjoy stopping by Darkwood Beach for a few hours. It's slightly off the beaten path, but it also doesn't completely lack a social atmosphere.

How to Access The Beach

Darkwood Beach is very easily accessible, right along Valley Road on the West side of Antigua. It is between Turner Beach and Coco Beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Darkwood Beach is very easily accessible, right along Valley Road on the West side of Antigua. The sand is darker and has more grass and vegetation on it than some of the other beaches around, but it still feels great between your toes. There is little shade here, so bring your beach umbrella.

Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Don't forget that the region in which Darkwood Beach is located is is a much-visited area, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Darkwood Beach is on the West coast of Antigua. Casino at Jolly Beach is found a mile and a half away, and it is among the favorite destinations in the area.

To some, beaches and museums may see like an unlikely combination, but many travelers find that museums like The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda (one of the closest to Darkwood Beach) offer a fun learning experience and help share a different side of Antigua.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Darkwood Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Casino at Jolly Beach Casino 1.5 N Antigua
Taino's & Millennium Galleries Art Gallery 1.8 N Antigua
Jolly Harbour Golf Course Golf Course 2.0 NNE Antigua
Greencastle Hill Park Historical Site 3.6 NE Antigua
Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery Art Gallery 4.7 E Antigua

Cities and Towns

Darkwood Beach is very close to Jolly Harbour, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. The nearby town of Jolly Harbour is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the beach, Jolly Harbour is a fairly short distance away, maybe a mile and a half (three kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Beach-goers hoping to find a place to stay not far from the beach won't find it very tough, as there are plenty of hotels to pick from in the immediate vicinity. You can find the closest booking options by looking over those listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Darkwood Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Keyonna Beach Hotel 0.6 mi. S Hotel
Cocos 0.7 mi. N Hotel
Cocobay Resort 0.7 mi. N Resort
Sugar Ridge Resort Limited 1.0 mi. NNE Hotel
Jolly Beach Resort & Spa 1.5 mi. N Resort
Tranquility Bay 1.7 mi. N Hotel
Hermitage Bay 3.0 mi. N Resort
Curtain Bluff 4.0 mi. ESE Resort
Carlisle Bay 4.4 mi. ESE Resort
Hawksbill Beach Resort 5.1 mi. N Resort


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, without going too far from the coast. One of the closest restaurants is Darkwood Beach Bar. This restaurant serves Caribbean cuisine. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their seafood.

A few nearby dining options are shown in the following table.

Restaurants near Darkwood Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Darkwood Beach Bar (268) 462-8240 Caribbean -- 0.0 mi. WNW
Dennis Cocktail Beach Bar & Restaurant (268) 728-5086 -- -- 0.4 mi. N
Jacqui O's BeachHouse (268) 562-2218 French Informal 0.6 mi. S
Keyonna Beach Restaurant (268) 764-2133 Caribbean, International -- 0.6 mi. S
Gibsons (268) 562-2218 English, International -- 0.6 mi. S
Rafters (508) 506-1006 Caribbean -- 0.7 mi. N
Sheer Rocks (268) 562-4510 Caribbean, Mediterranean -- 0.7 mi. N
Turner's Beach Grill (268) 462-9133 Caribbean, International -- 1.0 mi. SSE
Carmichael's (268) 562-7700 ext. 329 Caribbean -- 1.0 mi. NNE
OJ's Bar and Restaurant (268) 460-1084 Bar and grill -- 1.4 mi. SSE
Sugar Club Restaurant (268) 484-3702 International Informal 1.4 mi. NE
Bocciolo Italian Restaurant (268) 462-0061 Italian -- 1.5 mi. N

Other Beaches

Vacationers in search of the perfect beach will have other options if Darkwood Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

You might also enjoy Turner's Beach, situated just a little ways away. Travelers seeking a quiet refuge on a gorgeous Caribbean beach will love Johnson's Point. This peaceful beach affords visitors the utmost in seclusion and privacy. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might find that Ffryes Beach is just right. It's located a half mile to the north.

Travelers may also want to consider Coco Beach, located within a short distance.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Antigua, and Darkwood Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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