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 eastern side of the island of Antigua, 3.3 miles east-northeast of Mamora Bay, You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. Beachgoers should keep in mind that, though Half Moon Bay Beach isn't considered a quiet and secluded part of the coast, it's not the busiest of Antigua's beaches either. It's the perfect choice for families who want to visit a somewhat lively beach without having to fight other beachgoers for a spot in the sand.

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.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Half Moon Bay Beach is the ultimate convenience. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to try local specialties from one of the mobile vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here. You will find the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you are looking to do some underwater exploration. 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 brings visitors an angelic and tranquil escape, in part because the location that surrounds the beach contains little build-up and is free of urbanization.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the South East coast of Antigua; this area boasts other attractions such as Harmony Hall Gallery, which is only a short distance away, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

If you're intrigued by Antigua's history, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. The nearest historical attraction is Shirley Heights Fort, which is five miles away.

If you can't wait to see as many of Antigua's attractions as possible, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

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

Willikies is the closest city to Half Moon Bay Beach. It is a fairly rural area, but it will be a pleasant day trip for visitors wishing to get a better feel for the area.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many people have booked rooms nearby. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but it can appeal to visitors from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a pretty nice assortment of lodging options to pick from in the vicinity of the beach. The closest of which can be seen below.

Accommodations near Half Moon Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Island Type
Tree Tops Resort 0.3 mi. SSW Antigua Cottages
Harmony Hall 2.1 mi. N Antigua Resort
St. James's Club 3.4 mi. WSW Antigua Resort
Verandah Resort And Spa 3.9 mi. N Antigua Hotel
Occidental Grand Pineapple Beach Hotel 4.0 mi. N None Resort
Inn At English Harbour 5.2 mi. WSW Antigua Hotel
The Ocean Inn 5.3 mi. WSW Antigua Hotel
Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort 5.4 mi. WSW Antigua Resort
Admiral's Inn 5.5 mi. WSW Antigua Hotel
The Copper & Lumber Store Hotel 5.5 mi. WSW Antigua Hotel


If you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you don't have to go far from the shore. One of the nearest restaurants is Harmony Hall Restaurant. This restaurant offers a menu of Mediterranean food. They have become well-known, however, because of their pasta and seafood. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.

Nearby restaurants are shown in the table below.

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 looking for a beach that's right for them will have plenty of other choices in Antigua besides Half Moon Bay Beach.

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

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Antigua, and dropping by Half Moon Bay Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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