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.

Located on the island of Antigua, You might want even if you are not staying particularly close by. Even though you won't find a bustling urban center here, tourists frequently choose this beach since it's removed from certain noisier areas.

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.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

Keep in mind that Darkwood Beach's location is is a much-visited area, so show up early.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the West coast of Antigua; the area is home to other attractions such as Taino's & Millennium Galleries, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

Historical attractions like Greencastle Hill Park provide a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Darkwood Beach, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Antigua, without having to leave the coast. As a matter of fact, you'll find this spot a quick taxi trip away from this site of historical interest.

Beaches are a great attraction to 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
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
Sweets Windmill Ruins Historical Site 5.4 E Antigua

Cities and Towns

The town of Jolly Harbour is close-by and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the shore, Jolly Harbour is just up the road, roughly a mile and a half (three kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Since the beach is located in a fairly popular vacation destination, it typically isn't all that tough to find exactly the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. For visitors hoping to get a place that's near the ocean, the following table lists the closest accommodation options to Darkwood Beach.

Accommodations near Darkwood Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Keyonna Beach Resort 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


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you walk to a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without straying too far from your current location. One of the closest restaurants is Darkwood Beach Bar. The restaurant has Caribbean cuisine. They are also famous for their seafood.

The following table lists dining options near this beach.

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 Very Casual 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

Needless to say, there are other beaches in Antigua besides Darkwood Beach worth visiting.

Another location you might enjoy is Turner's Beach, located within a mile or so. 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 looking for a more active beach scene, you might enjoy people watching at Ffryes Beach. It's located a half mile to the north.

You may also want to consider Coco Beach, which is located three quarters of a mile away.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Antigua, and Darkwood Beach offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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