Exchange Bay Beach

With how large, calm, and beautiful Exchange Bay is, it is sometimes hard to imagine why it is so empty. The beach primarily serves the villas and houses that are found just behind it, most of which have personal beach access. Visitors to the beach will be able to stake out their own section and simply enjoy the warm sand, tanning sun, or cool water.

Positioned on the eastern edge of the island of Antigua, You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Travelers will find that, though Exchange Bay Beach isn't considered a quiet and secluded part of the coast, you also wouldn't call it particularly popular. It's the perfect choice for travelers who want to visit a somewhat lively beach but wish to stay away from the most populated spots.

How to Access The Beach
Exchange Bay is located just past the main road heading east out of Freetown, Drivers who go a little further will be in the bay.

Amenities and Ambiance

With nothing but villas and houses in the area, Exchange Bay is clean, the sand clear of debris and the water sparkling in blues. Along with the villas, the entire area is covered in tropical beach shrubs, plants, and palm trees, helping solidify the paradise-like view of the beach.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some gear if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

If you find that you prefer shores which offer visitors a peaceful environment, then think about trying out Exchange Bay Beach; it is tucked away within a much quieter area of Antigua.

What's Nearby


Found on the South East coast of Antigua; it will be near other attractions like Harmony Hall Gallery, which is two miles to the northwest.

Historic attractions, including Shirley Heights Fort, offer a nice compliment to a soothing day at Exchange Bay Beach, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about Antigua's past, without straying too far from the coastline. In fact, this coast is five and a half miles to the south west of this site of historical interest.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Exchange Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Harmony Hall Gallery Art Gallery 2.0 NW Antigua
Devil's Bridge Rock Formation 3.8 N Antigua
Betty's Hope Museum 4.6 NW Antigua
Shirley Heights Fort Historical Site 5.6 SW Antigua
Fort Berkeley Historical Site 6.0 WSW Antigua

Cities and Towns

Exchange Bay Beach is in the Willikies area, so walking the city is a definite option. Willikies is the closest town to Exchange Bay Beach. It is not overly developed, and it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for visitors looking to check out the local scene.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but it's often visited by visitors staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a decent amount of lodgings within driving distance. A list of the closest choices have been displayed in the list below.

Accommodations near Exchange Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Tree Tops Resort 0.8 mi. SW Cottages
Harmony Hall 2.0 mi. NW Resort
Verandah Resort And Spa 3.6 mi. N Hotel
Pineapple Beach Club 3.7 mi. N Resort
St. James's Club 3.9 mi. SW Resort
Inn At English Harbour 5.8 mi. WSW Hotel
The Ocean Inn 5.9 mi. WSW Hotel
Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort 6.0 mi. WSW Resort
Admiral's Inn 6.1 mi. WSW Hotel
The Copper & Lumber Store Hotel 6.1 mi. WSW Hotel


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest places to eat is Harmony Hall Restaurant. The restaurant has a menu featuring Mediterranean food. They are also known for serving pasta and seafood. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Exchange Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Harmony Hall Restaurant (268) 460-4120 Mediterranean 2.0 mi. NW Antigua
The Bay Restaurant (268) 562-8000 Caribbean 2.3 mi. NW Antigua
Nicole's (866) 237-1785 Caribbean 3.6 mi. N Antigua
Seabreeze (866) 237-1785 International 3.6 mi. N Antigua
The Buccaneer (866) 237-1785 Caribbean, International 3.6 mi. N Antigua
Mama Pasta -- Italian 3.8 mi. N None
La Tartaruga (268) 460-9384 Italian 3.8 mi. N None
Coco Beach Restaurant (866) 237-2071 American, International 3.9 mi. SW Antigua
Docksider Grill (866) 237-2071 Caribbean 3.9 mi. SW Antigua
Rainbow Garden (866) 237-2071 International 3.9 mi. SW Antigua
Piccolo Mondo (866) 237-2071 Caribbean, Italian 3.9 mi. WSW Antigua
Le Zest (268) 562-8179 Caribbean, French 4.0 mi. W Antigua

Other Beaches

Antigua has several beautiful beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Half Moon Bay Beach, located within a short distance.

Antigua has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and dropping by Exchange Bay Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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