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 island of Antigua, near John Hughes, You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying in the immediate vicinity. There aren't many beaches in Antigua like Morris Bay; it's well-equipped with nearby activity, but surprisingly, it's not usually over-crowded. If you want to avoid Antigua's highly secluded beaches, but don't want to fight for a spot on the sand, this beach has the best of bost worlds.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Happily, the off-shore waters are of good snorkeling quality, so grab some gear if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the South West coast of Antigua. It's located near Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery, which is one of a number of attractions in the vicinity.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Admiral House. This museum is located well within taxi range, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The closest attractions are found 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 close to Jolly Harbour, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Jolly Harbour is nearby and is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the beach, Jolly Harbour is a quick trip away, roughly four and a half miles (seven kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it can appeal to visitors staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Since the beach is situated in a fairly popular tourist area, it typically isn't very difficult to find just the right kind of hotel close-by. For guests hoping to get a place that's near the ocean, 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 you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the closest restaurants is The Sea Grape. This restaurant serves delicious Italian food. They also specialize in pasta. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's not far off the beach at all.

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

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

There are multiple beaches to discover in Antigua, of course, so Morris Bay is not your only option.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Curtain Bluff Beach, which is located a quarter mile away.

Antigua has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and paying a visit to Morris Bay is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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