Great Bird Island Beach

Famous for it's sugar sand beaches and large sandbar. It was named by sailors who were impressed with it's resident bird population. This place is a dream for lovers of wildlife as this island is home to some very rare animals. Lush inlands and Caribbean dream beaches make this island a nice side step for your vacation.

Located on Great Bird Island, this beach is on the South edge of the island, You might want to drop by even if you are not staying particularly close by. It's often said that Great Bird Island Beach is perfect for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Other nearby beaches you'll come across in Antigua may provide just as many amenities as Great Bird Island Beach, but tend to be more crowded because they're right around the corner from the area's major hotels and resorts.

How to Access The Beach
This twenty acre island is almost three kilometers away from Antigua. It's accessible only by boat, but you can charter service here from Antigua.

Amenities and Ambiance

Great Bird Island has some beautiful reefs for snorkeling and great beaches to visit. It's home to rare native wildlife, including birds, lizards and snakes so bring your binoculars if this interests you.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

If you usually like coasts that offer visitors a tranquil experience, then maybe head on over to Great Bird Island Beach; it is tucked away within a more natural part of Great Bird Island.

What's Nearby


Great Bird Island Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the South coast of Great Bird Island; the area hosts attractions such as Devil's Bridge, which is four and a half miles away.

If you want to learn more about the history of Antigua, you won't have to look hard to find sites boasting the colorful history of the nation. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Old Sugar Factory, which is five and a half miles to the west-southwest.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Great Bird Island Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Devil's Bridge Rock Formation 4.4 SE Antigua
Betty's Hope Museum 4.4 S Antigua
Gobinet Gilly Art Gallery 4.5 WSW Antigua
Stanford Cricket Ground Attraction 4.6 W Antigua
Old Sugar Factory Historical Site 5.4 WSW Antigua

Cities and Towns

Great Bird Island Beach is close to Willikies, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Willikies is the closest town to Great Bird Island Beach. It is not heavily urbanized, though it will be a pleasant day trip for guests wanting to scope out the local scene.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. There are not many large hotels nearby, but you may encounter visitors from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Beach-goers looking for a hotel room not far from Great Bird Island Beach won't find it very difficult, as there are plenty of accommodations to choose from in the area. Find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by looking over what's listed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Great Bird Island Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Jumby Bay 2.1 mi. WNW Hotel
Pineapple Beach Club 4.0 mi. SE Resort
Antigua Beachcomber Hotel 4.3 mi. W Hotel
Verandah Resort And Spa 4.3 mi. SE Hotel
Dutchman's Bay Cottages 4.4 mi. W Cottages
Hodges Bay Club 5.5 mi. WNW Resort
Harmony Hall 5.6 mi. SSE Resort
Oceanic View Cottages 6.3 mi. SW Cottages
Sandpiper Reef Resort 7.1 mi. W Hotel
Serendipity Cottages 7.3 mi. W Cottages


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to try a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, without going too far from the coast. One of the closest places to eat is The Estate House. The restaurant has a menu featuring Mediterranean cuisine. It'll be found two and a half miles away.

Nearby dining options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Great Bird Island Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
The Estate House (268) 462-6000 Mediterranean 2.4 mi. W Long Island
The Verandah (268) 462-6000 International, Mediterranean 2.4 mi. W Long Island
Mama Pasta -- Italian 3.9 mi. SE None
La Tartaruga (268) 460-9384 Italian 4.0 mi. SE None
Cecilia's High Point Cafe (268) 562-7070 Caribbean, European 4.2 mi. W Antigua
Nicole's (866) 237-1785 Caribbean 4.3 mi. SE Antigua
Seabreeze (866) 237-1785 International 4.3 mi. SE Antigua
The Buccaneer (866) 237-1785 Caribbean, International 4.3 mi. SE Antigua
Big Banana 17° 61° (268) 480-6979 International 4.5 mi. W Antigua

Other Beaches

Great Bird Island has several beautiful beaches, and Great Bird Island Beach is just one option.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Long Island Beach North, situated two miles to the west-northwest. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, Grape Bay West may be just what you're looking for. It's found a mile to the south.

You may also want to consider Harmony Hall Western Beach, which is located five and a half miles to the south-southeast.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Antigua, but Great Bird Island Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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