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.

Situated on the island of Antigua, You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. Those of you who spend part of the afternoon at this beach can make the most of their relaxation time without missing an opportunity to meet new people.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

Exchange Bay Beach brings visitors an angelic and peaceful getaway, in part because the area surrounding the beach is more rural than urban.

What's Nearby


Exchange Bay Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the South East coast of Antigua. It's located near Harmony Hall Gallery, which is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is one of a number of local attractions.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Betty's Hope, one of the closest museums, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

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 near Willikies, so walking the city is a definite option. The closest town to Exchange Bay Beach is Willikies, which is not heavily urbanized, though it can be an interesting destination for visitors looking to check out the local scene.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but you may encounter guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of hotel rooms within driving distance. A list of the closest choices have been displayed in the following list.

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


When you start craving an afternoon snack, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. Harmony Hall Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean food. They are also famous for their pasta and seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby dining options are listed below.

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 many beaches, so Exchange Bay Beach is just one of your options.

Another option worth considering is Half Moon Bay Beach, which is located a half mile away.

There's plenty to see and do in Antigua, and Exchange Bay Beach offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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