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.

Set in Five Islands, Galley Bay Beach is on the North West coast of Antigua. You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying very close. Vacationers who prefer to walk rather than drive around Antigua will like how easy it is to reach Galley Bay Beach. It's within walking distance of so many hotels and activities, and is located in a pretty major tourist area.

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, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Fortunately, beach chairs will be available for guests looking for a break from the hot sun. Happily, the off-shore waters are fit for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

However, you will need to see that even if there are luckily (BLANK) comforts for you to enjoy if you go to Galley Bay Beach, it happens to be found in a commonly visited area. As such, if you know that these amenities are a crucial feature, it will be an appropriate reason to come early in the day prior to when the crowds or perhaps try a beach elsewhere. Otherwise, you could run the risk of all of the services being unavailable.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North West coast of Antigua; it's located near attractions like Royal Antiguan, which is three quarters of a mile to the east.

If you're interested in combining a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, one of the closest museums, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in Antigua. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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 guests looking for a little additional excitement will want to think about going to St. John's, because it's close-by and is an active, busy area.


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 see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Guests seeking a place to stay not far from Galley Bay Beach won't find it that difficult, as there are lots of hotels to pick from nearby. You'll find the closest and most convenient booking options by viewing what's listed below.

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


If during your visit you start getting hungry, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so there's no need to go too far away. One of the closest places to eat is Barefooot Grille. This restaurant features International cuisine. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of nearby dining options.

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

Visitors who are looking for the ideal beach will have plenty of other choices in Antigua besides Galley Bay Beach.

If the exciting vibe at Galley Bay Beach has you wanting more of the same, consider checking out Pinching Bay, another location where you'll find fun and action. It is located a mile to the south-southwest. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, Jolly Beach may be a good choice. It is located a short taxi ride away.

You might also want to visit Landing Bay, which is located within a couple of miles.

You may find that Galley Bay Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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