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.

Set on Great Bird Island, this beach is on the South coast of the island, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. When you need to spend the afternoon away from tourist-filled hotspots, you should check out Great Bird Island Beach, a pretty, but less popular part of the coast.

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.

Great Bird Island Beach brings visitors a calm and serene enclave, thanks to the fact that the location that surrounds the beach is away from most urbanization.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the South coast of Great Bird Island; the area is home to other attractions such as Devil's Bridge, which is four and a half miles away.

If you're intrigued by Antigua's history, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Old Sugar Factory, which is five and a half miles away.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never get bored. The attractions closest to this beach are listed 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 very close to Willikies, so walking the city is a definite option. Willikies is the closest town to Great Bird Island Beach. It is not heavily urbanized, though it will be a nice day out for visitors who want to see more of the area.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many people have booked rooms nearby. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but you may meet guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Visitors looking for a place to stay not far from Great Bird Island Beach won't find it that tough, as there are plenty of resorts and hotels to pick from in the surrounding area. You will find the closest hotel booking options by viewing what's shown in the table below.

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


A trip to the beach isn't complete until you enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, within a reachable distance. One of the closest restaurants is The Estate House. This restaurant offers a menu of Mediterranean food. You'll find it two and a half miles away.

Some nearby restaurant options are shown 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

Vacationers in search of the perfect beach will have other options if Great Bird Island Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Long Island Beach North, located two miles away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, Grape Bay West may be just what you're looking for. It's located a mile to the south.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Harmony Hall Western Beach, which is located five and a half miles to the south-southeast.

Great Bird Island Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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