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.

Situated in the heart of Great Bird Island, this beach is on the South coast of the island, You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying very close. It's often said that Great Bird Island Beach is the ideal location for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Other nearby beaches in Antigua offer views of the sea that are just as pretty, but tend to be busier since they're right in the thick of tourists' favorite hangouts.

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.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Great Bird Island Beach brings visitors an angelic and tranquil retreat, in part because the region surrounding the beach is positioned apart from more urban areas.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the South coast of Great Bird Island; it's located near attractions like Devil's Bridge, which is four and a half miles away.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of Antigua, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. One of the nearest historical attractions is Old Sugar Factory, which is five and a half miles to the west-southwest.

If you can't wait to see as many of Antigua's attractions as possible, this beach isn't far from any of the items 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 you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Willikies is the closest town to Great Bird Island Beach. It isn't a congested area, and it can be an interesting destination for those wanting to scope out the local scene.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full nearby hotel rooms are. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but you may see guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

Guests trying to find a hotel room near Great Bird Island Beach will find themselves in luck, as there are lots of accommodations to choose from nearby. You will find the closest, most convenient lodging options by viewing what's shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Great Bird Island Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Jumby Bay 2.1 mi. WNW Hotel
Occidental Grand Pineapple Beach Hotel 3.9 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


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Great Bird Island Beach; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. The Estate House is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant has Mediterranean cuisine. You'll find it two and a half miles away.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

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
Sticky Wicket Restaurant and Bar (268) 481-7000 Caribbean 4.6 mi. W Antigua

Other Beaches

Needless to say, Great Bird Island Beach isn't the only beach worth visitng on Great Bird Island.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Long Island Beach North, situated two miles to the west-northwest. On the other hand, Grape Bay West could provide more action, and is closer to other tourist hot-spots. It's located a mile to the south.

You might also want to visit Harmony Hall Western Beach, located five and a half miles away.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Antigua; then again, a trip to Great Bird Island Beach could end up a family favorite.


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