Half Moon Bay Beach

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Half Moon Bay has a beautiful stretch of sugar crystal pink sand. It's great for swimming, snorkeling and enjoying the view as there are some nearby lush green hills and tall palms. Parts of the beach have adjacent hotels and villas, but if you walk the length of the beach you'll find nice isolated spots without interruption.

Located on the island of Antigua, 3.3 miles east-northeast of Mamora Bay, You might want whether or not you are staying very close. Antigua's beaches are hardly known for being secluded, but Half Moon Bay Beach is less exposed than the others, which offers some middle ground to those who'd like a less hectic scene, but one that's not completely empty.

How to Access The Beach
Just a 5 minute drive from Freetown village on Antigua's Southeastern coast, Half Moon Beach has famous Caribbean pink sand, delicious beach food, and amenities within walking distance.

Amenities and Ambiance

Almost a mile long, Half Moon Bay rests on Antigua's southeastern coast, facing the Atlantic. This means that the water can sometimes be rough. A large reef here helps calm the waters and protects the shore and there's often a cooling ocean breeze.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to buy some food from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. The water in the area is fit for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life. One of Antigua's most stunning beaches, Half Moon Bay is a popular tourist destination and a national park, so there are always plenty of people. Families, couples, and singles all flock to the shores of Half Moon Bay.

Half Moon Bay Beach offers those who visit an angelic and serene escape, since the area surrounding the beach is more rural than urban.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the South East coast of Antigua; the area hosts attractions such as Harmony Hall Gallery, which is two miles away.

If you're intrigued by Antigua's history, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. One of the nearest historical attractions is Shirley Heights Fort, which is just a brief cab ride away.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Half Moon Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Harmony Hall Gallery Art Gallery 2.1 N Antigua
Devil's Bridge Rock Formation 4.3 N Antigua
Betty's Hope Museum 4.5 NW Antigua
Shirley Heights Fort Historical Site 5.0 SW Antigua
Fort Berkeley Historical Site 5.5 WSW Antigua

Cities and Towns

Half Moon Bay Beach is in the Willikies area, so a trip into the city is a definite option. The closest town to Half Moon Bay Beach is Willikies, which is a fairly rural area, but 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 time of day, season, and how full the nearby hotels are. There are not many large hotels nearby, but you may encounter visitors staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a fairly wide variety of accommodations to choose from close to the beach. The most convenient of which can be seen in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Half Moon Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Tree Tops Resort 0.3 mi. SSW Cottages
Harmony Hall 2.1 mi. N Resort
St. James's Club 3.4 mi. WSW Resort
Verandah Resort And Spa 3.9 mi. N Hotel
Pineapple Beach Club 4.1 mi. N Resort
Inn At English Harbour 5.2 mi. WSW Hotel
The Ocean Inn 5.3 mi. WSW Hotel
Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort 5.4 mi. WSW Resort
Admiral's Inn 5.5 mi. WSW Hotel
The Copper & Lumber Store Hotel 5.5 mi. WSW Hotel


When you're starving for a midday meal, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. One of the closest places to eat is Harmony Hall Restaurant. The restaurant has a menu featuring Mediterranean cuisine. They also specialize in pasta and seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's just a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of places to eat near this beach.

Restaurants near Half Moon Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Harmony Hall Restaurant (268) 460-4120 Mediterranean 2.1 mi. N Antigua
The Bay Restaurant (268) 562-8000 Caribbean 2.4 mi. NNW Antigua
Coco Beach Restaurant (866) 237-2071 American, International 3.4 mi. WSW Antigua
Docksider Grill (866) 237-2071 Caribbean 3.4 mi. WSW Antigua
Rainbow Garden (866) 237-2071 International 3.4 mi. WSW Antigua
Piccolo Mondo (866) 237-2071 Caribbean, Italian 3.4 mi. WSW Antigua
Le Zest (268) 562-8179 Caribbean, French 3.5 mi. W Antigua
The Hideout (268) 460-3666 Caribbean, Contemporary 3.9 mi. W Antigua
Nicole's (866) 237-1785 Caribbean 3.9 mi. N Antigua
Seabreeze (866) 237-1785 International 3.9 mi. N Antigua
The Buccaneer (866) 237-1785 Caribbean, International 3.9 mi. N Antigua
Mama Pasta -- Italian 4.1 mi. N None

Other Beaches

Visitors in search of the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Half Moon Bay Beach.

Travelers may also want to consider Exchange Bay Beach, which is located only a short distance away.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, a trip to Half Moon Bay Beach could end up a family favorite.


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