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 might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Travelers who prefer walking over driving to their next destination will love how easy it is to access Galley Bay Beach. There are so many things to do in the area, as this beach is right in the center of all the daytime activity.

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, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Luckily, lounging chairs will be available for use to guests hoping for a place to relax by the water. The water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

Galley Bay Beach plus its offering of conveniences will be located inside an area popular among tourist. As such, if you think the amenities can make or break a good time, naturally, it's a smart reason to make it in the morning before the crowds fill up or try a beach away from the major areas. Or you might find the amenities being unavailable.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the North West coast of Antigua. It is near some interesting sites like Royal Antiguan, which is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is one of the attractions in the vicinity.

If you want to combine a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, one of the closest museums, so it would be an easy side trip to take after the beach.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. 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 is very close to St. John's, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Tourists at Galley Bay Beach who are looking for other opportunities for exploration will want to consider checking out St. John's, since it's in the vicinity and is an active, busy area.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can generally expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Those looking for a hotel room close to the beach shouldn't find it very difficult, as there is no shortage of accommodations to choose from close-by. Find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by perusing what's listed in the table that follows.

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


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has you covered, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the nearest places to eat is Barefooot Grille. This restaurant has International food. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's only a short distance away.

Nearby restaurants are shown 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

Galley Bay Beach is just one of many beaches you can visit in Antigua.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Galley Bay Beach is what you're looking for, consider checking out Pinching Bay, a spot with the same type of electricity. It is located a mile to the south-southwest. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Jolly Beach is a location which doesn't see as many crowds. You'll find it a quick car or cab ride away.

You may also enjoy Landing Bay, which is located a few hundred yards away.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Antigua, so visiting Galley Bay Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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