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.

Positioned on the island of Antigua, 3.3 miles east-northeast of Mamora Bay, You should consider stopping by whether or not you're staying nearby. Half Moon Bay Beach is somewhat unique because it's a generally active beach, but it's usually not over-crowded. If you prefer to avoid Antigua's quiet, secluded beaches, but also want to be able to claim a spot without any trouble, Half Moon Bay Beach offers a good middle ground.

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.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. You might also have the option to order some food from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some gear 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.

If you tend to choose beach days that offer a tranquil experience, then you may want to try Half Moon Bay Beach; it's located in a more natural sector of the region.

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 pretty close, so some will want to take a cab, while others will find it a nice walk.

Historical attractions like Shirley Heights Fort offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of Half Moon Bay Beach, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Antigua, without venturing too far from the coast. In fact, this coast is five miles to the south west of this destination of historical interest.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available in Antigua. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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 very close to Willikies, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Willikies is the closest town to Half Moon Bay Beach. It is a fairly rural area, but it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for visitors wanting to get a taste of local life.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may see guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a reasonable selection of lodgings within driving distance. A few of the more convenient possibilities have been displayed in the list below.

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 4.0 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


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Half Moon Bay Beach; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the nearest places to eat is Harmony Hall Restaurant. This restaurant features Mediterranean cuisine. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their pasta and seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's only a short distance away.

Restaurants closest to this beach 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

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have lots of choices besides Half Moon Bay Beach.

Another option worth considering is Exchange Bay Beach, which is located only a short distance away.

You may find that Half Moon Bay Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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