Morris Bay

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Crooked palms line the shore of Morris Bay, as does a long stretch of white velvety sand. Situated nearby plenty of restaurants and attractions, Morris Bay is a great beach to spend a day, or just an hour before dinner to watch the amazing views of the sunset.

Located on the southwestern side of the island of Antigua, near John Hughes, You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Visitors should keep in mind that, while Morris Bay is by no means quiet and secluded, you also wouldn't call it particularly popular. It's the perfect choice for those of you who want to make the most of their trip to the beach but also want to skip out on the crowds.

Amenities and Ambiance

On the south side of Antigua, this beach has a boat dock, clean ocean floor near the shore for a great, easygoing swim and soft sand for sunbathing.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the South West coast of Antigua; this area boasts other attractions such as Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery, which is one of the closest attractions.

If you want to learn more about the history of Antigua, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. For instance, nearby is Sweets Windmill Ruins, which is just a quick taxi trip away.

If a visit to the Morris Bay isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Morris Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.2 NE Antigua
Sweets Windmill Ruins Historical Site 3.3 NE Antigua
Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour Zip Line Site 3.8 NE Antigua
Greencastle Hill Park Historical Site 3.9 N Antigua
Jolly Harbour Golf Course Golf Course 4.4 NW Antigua

Cities and Towns

Morris Bay is very close to Jolly Harbour, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Not far away you'll find Jolly Harbour, a city which is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the beach, Jolly Harbour is just up the road, maybe four and a half miles (seven kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it can appeal to guests from some of the area's smaller options.

Because this beach is in a pretty popular vacation destination, it is not usually much of a challenge to find a hotel nearby that suits your needs. If you and your group are wanting to get a place that's on or near the water, the following table lists the options closest to Morris Bay.

Accommodations near Morris Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Curtain Bluff 0.3 mi. SE Resort
Carlisle Bay 0.8 mi. E Resort
Keyonna Beach Resort 3.3 mi. WNW Hotel
Sugar Ridge Resort Limited 3.8 mi. NW Hotel
Cocobay Resort 4.0 mi. NW Resort
Cocos 4.1 mi. NW Hotel
Jolly Beach Resort & Spa 4.2 mi. NW Resort
Tranquility Bay 4.4 mi. NW Hotel
The Catamaran Hotel 4.5 mi. E Hotel
Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort 5.2 mi. E Resort


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the nearest restaurants is The Sea Grape. The restaurant serves Italian food. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their pasta. 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 following table provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Morris Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
The Sea Grape -- Italian Informal 0.3 mi. SE
The Tamarind Tree -- Eclectic Informal 0.3 mi. SE
East (268) 484-0000 Fusion, Japanese, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim, Thai Informal 0.8 mi. E
Indigo on the Beach (268) 484-0000 Caribbean Informal 0.8 mi. E
Ottimo! (268) 484-0000 Italian Very Casual 0.8 mi. E
OJ's Bar and Restaurant (268) 460-1084 Bar and grill -- 2.6 mi. W
Turner's Beach Grill (268) 462-9133 Caribbean, International -- 3.0 mi. W
Gibsons (268) 562-2218 English, International -- 3.3 mi. WNW
Keyonna Beach Restaurant (268) 764-2133 Caribbean, International Very Casual 3.3 mi. WNW
Jacqui O's BeachHouse (268) 562-2218 French Informal 3.3 mi. WNW
Darkwood Beach Bar (268) 462-8240 Caribbean -- 3.7 mi. WNW
Carmichael's (268) 562-7700 ext. 329 Caribbean -- 3.8 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Morris Bay is just one of many beaches you can visit in Antigua.

You may also want to consider Curtain Bluff Beach, located within a short distance.

Morris Bay 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 find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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