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 might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Travelers will find that, although Morris Bay is by no means secluded, it's not the busiest of Antigua's beaches either. This makes it an excellent choice for families who want to enjoy a beach with mild activity 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, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab some gear if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


Morris Bay is on the South West coast of Antigua. It is close to Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery, which is one of a number of favorite destinations in the area.

Historical attractions like Sweets Windmill Ruins offer a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Morris Bay, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Antigua, without having to go too far from the beach. In fact, this site can be found accessed quickly by taking a cab from this historical destination.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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
Casino at Jolly Beach Casino 4.2 NW Antigua

Cities and Towns

Jolly Harbour is the closest town and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the shore, Jolly Harbour is a quick trip away, maybe four and a half miles (seven kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Morris Bay will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's often visited by guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Visitors trying to find a room close to the beach won't find it very difficult, as there is no shortage of resorts and hotels to choose from in the area. You will find the closest hotel booking options by looking over those shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Morris Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Curtain Bluff 0.3 mi. SE Resort
Carlisle Bay 0.8 mi. E Resort
Keyonna Beach Hotel 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 start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you won't have to look too far from these sands. One of the closest places to eat is The Sea Grape. This restaurant serves delicious Italian food. Many guests rave about their pasta. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's not far off the beach at all.

Restaurants closest to this beach are included in the following table.

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 -- 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

Antigua has many nice beaches, so Morris Bay is just one of your options.

Vacationers may also want to visit Curtain Bluff Beach, located a quarter mile to the southeast.

Of course, Antigua has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but Morris Bay is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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