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 want to drop by even if you are not staying nearby. Travelers looking for a spot that's a little out of the way, but still active, should pay a visit to Darkwood Beach. Generally, it's not an overly popular part of the coast, but it's also not completely secluded.

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 concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Don't forget that Darkwood Beach's location is an urban area, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Darkwood Beach is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on the West coast of Antigua; this area boasts other attractions such as Taino's & Millennium Galleries, which is one of the closest attractions.

History-focused attractions such as Greencastle Hill Park are a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Darkwood Beach, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Antigua, without having to venture too far from the coast. In fact, this coastline is located just a brief cab ride away from this site of historical significance.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the following table shows the closest options.

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

Not far away you'll find Jolly Harbour, a town which is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the beach, Jolly Harbour is not far away, maybe a mile and a half (three kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many people have booked nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Since this beach is in a fairly popular vacation area, it typically isn't a great challenge to find a hotel nearby that's to your taste. For vacationers looking to book a place that's on or near the ocean, the table that follows shows 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


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Darkwood Beach; there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest restaurants is Darkwood Beach Bar. This restaurant serves Caribbean food. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood.

The following table provides a list of dining options located 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

There are other beaches in Antigua you might like besides Darkwood Beach.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Turner's Beach, situated 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 like Ffryes Beach. You'll find it a half mile to the north.

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

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Antigua, and dropping by Darkwood Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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