Galley Bay Beach

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Galley Bay Beach is dominated by the Galley Bay Resort & Hotel. Most of the structures on the Beach belong to this resort. It's a long beach with a thin stretch of soft sand and perfectly clear water. There is some chop to these waters, especially on either end of the beach where there's jutting rock formations.

Located in Five Islands, Galley Bay Beach is on the North West edge of Antigua. You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying very close. While Galley Bay Beach is not the most secluded beach in Antigua, it offers just the right amount of privacy and atmosphere to attract visitors who need a place to relax.

How to Access The Beach
To get to Galley Bay Beach,just head West from St. John's on Gray's Farm Main Road until you approach the coast. Galley Bay is on the right, but the road curves left towards Hawksbill Hotel.

Amenities and Ambiance

Long, thin and empty of anything but sand, beach towels and tourists, this beach is great for sunbathing and wading in the warm waters. The Galley Bay resort owns most of the beachfront property here and most of the beach's visitors are patrons of the resort.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Those who love lounging in the sun will be excited to discover that visitors can enjoy the use of lounge chairs at this destination. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

With that said, you ought to see that even if you can find a few comforts (BLANK) if you go to Galley Bay Beach, it will be found within an area popular for visitors. What this means is that if you feel that these amenities are an important factor, it will be a good cause to get there early in the day well before the crowds do or perhaps try a beach further away. If you do not, you could possibly be unable to use all those comforts that the beach offers.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North West coast of Antigua. It is close to Royal Antiguan, which is within a distance that tourists could probably walk or take a cab to, and it is among the area's attractions.

Historical attractions like Fort Barrington provide a great compliment to the natural beauty of Galley Bay Beach, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Antigua, without venturing too far from the coast. In fact, this shore will be found only a brief walk or taxi ride away from this interesting historical site.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Antigua. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Galley Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Royal Antiguan Gambling Arcade 0.8 mi. E Antigua
Fort Barrington Historical Site 0.9 mi. NE Antigua
Fort James Historical Site 2.2 mi. ENE Antigua
King's Casino Casino 3.3 mi. E Antigua
Gismary Art Gallery Art Gallery 3.4 mi. E Antigua
ZEMI Art Gallery Art Gallery 3.4 mi. E Antigua
Paradise Casino Casino 3.4 mi. E Antigua
Asot's Arcade Slot Machine Arcade 3.5 mi. E Antigua
The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda Museum 3.5 mi. E Antigua
St. John's Cathedral Historical Site 3.5 mi. E Antigua
Jolly Harbour Golf Course Golf Course 3.6 mi. S Antigua
Taino's & Millennium Galleries Art Gallery 3.7 mi. S Antigua

Cities and Towns

Galley Bay Beach is in the St. John's area, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Those visiting Galley Bay Beach who are hoping to find further attractions should think about heading over to St. John's, since it's not far away and is a particularly bustling part of Antigua.


How many other people you encounter at Galley Bay Beach will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Since this beach is situated in a fairly popular vacation spot, it usually isn't a great challenge to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you're wanting to get a place that's near the water, the following table shows the accommodations closest to Galley Bay Beach.

Accommodations near Galley Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Galley Bay 0.2 mi. E Hotel
Hawksbill Beach Resort 0.4 mi. S Resort
Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort 0.8 mi. E Hotel
Coconut Beach Club 1.2 mi. E Hotel
Hermitage Bay 2.5 mi. S Resort
Heritage Hotel 3.3 mi. E Hotel
City View Hotel 3.5 mi. E Hotel
Anchorage Inn -- -- Hotel
Tranquility Bay 3.8 mi. S Hotel
Buccaneer Beach Club 3.8 mi. NE Hotel


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Galley Bay Beach; you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the closest places to eat is Barefooot Grille. The restaurant offers a menu of International food. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a little ways away.

Nearby restaurants are listed below.

Restaurants near Galley Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Barefooot Grille (866) 237-1644 International Very Casual 0.2 mi. E
Gauguin (866) 237-1644 Caribbean, European, International Informal 0.2 mi. E
Ismay's Restaurant (866) 237-1644 Caribbean Informal 0.2 mi. E
Sea Grape (866) 237-1644 Caribbean Informal 0.2 mi. E
Andes on Deep Bay Waterfront Restaurant (268) 462-3733 American, Caribbean Informal 0.8 mi. E
Barrington's Restaurant (268) 462-3733 International Fine Dining 0.8 mi. E
Jimmy's Beach Grill & Bar (268) 462-3733 Caribbean Very Casual 0.8 mi. E
Lagoon Café (268) 462-3733 Eclectic Very Casual 0.8 mi. E
Russell's (268) 462-5479 Caribbean -- 2.2 mi. ENE
Millers by the Sea (268) 462-9414 Caribbean -- 2.6 mi. ENE
Sandhaven (268) 771-6803 Caribbean Very Casual 2.9 mi. NE
Table D'Hote (268) 560-3534 -- -- 3.0 mi. E

Other Beaches

Vacationers in search of the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices in Antigua besides Galley Bay Beach.

You might also enjoy Pinching Bay, which is home to plenty of activity. It is located a mile to the south-southwest. If you're looking for a more secluded beach experience, you might enjoy Jolly Beach. It is located a quick car or cab ride away.

Another option worth considering is Landing Bay, which is located a few hundred yards away.

Antigua has so much to offer, so visiting Galley Bay Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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