Quiet and undeveloped, Pinching Bay is an island oasis. There is nothing here but sun, sand and sea.
Situated on the western outskirts of Five Islands, close to St. John's, Pinching Bay is on the West edge of Antigua. You might want regardless of whether you are staying particularly close by. This beach is not just another beach attraction, it's special in that it's one of the few quiet beaches in Antigua. While Pinching Bay may be a bit off the beaten path, it allows travelers to truly relax and claim their own space on the beach.
This beach is almost due west of St. John's and very isolated. A dirt road does lead to this quiet beach, but you'll need four wheel drive.
Bordered by mangrove and sea-grape on one side and a deep blue ocean on the other, Pinching Bay is a soft sand beach, one of the few left on the island not claimed by resorts, casinos or big name attractions. It's untouched beauty is utterly relaxing.
Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.
This beach is positioned on the West coast of Antigua; it's located near attractions like Royal Antiguan, which is not very far away, so some will want to take a cab, while others will find it a nice walk.
Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but some visitors find that museums like The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda (one of the closest to Pinching Bay) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a whole new way to view Antigua's traditions and culture.
There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.
|Royal Antiguan||Gambling Arcade||1.7 mi.||NE||Antigua|
|Fort Barrington||Historical Site||2.0 mi.||NE||Antigua|
|Art Gallery||2.8 mi.||SSE||Antigua|
|Jolly Harbour Golf Course||Golf Course||2.8 mi.||SSE||Antigua|
|Fort James||Historical Site||3.0 mi.||NE||Antigua|
|Casino at Jolly Beach||Casino||3.1 mi.||SSE||Antigua|
|King's Casino||Casino||3.8 mi.||E||Antigua|
|Art Gallery||3.9 mi.||E||Antigua|
|ZEMI Art Gallery||Art Gallery||3.9 mi.||E||Antigua|
|Paradise Casino||Casino||3.9 mi.||E||Antigua|
|Asot's Arcade||Slot Machine Arcade||4.0 mi.||E||Antigua|
|The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda||Museum||4.0 mi.||E||Antigua|
The nearby town of Jolly Harbour is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From Pinching Bay, Jolly Harbour isn't far off, about three miles (four and a half kilometers).
The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full nearby hotel rooms are. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.
Vacationers trying to find a place to stay close to Pinching Bay won't find it very difficult, as there is no shortage of hotels and resorts to choose from in the area. You will find the closest, most convenient lodging options by perusing those shown below.
|Hawksbill Beach Resort||0.7 mi.||NNE||Resort|
|Galley Bay||1.2 mi.||NNE||Hotel|
|Hermitage Bay||1.6 mi.||SSE||Resort|
|Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort||1.7 mi.||NE||Hotel|
|Coconut Beach Club||2.1 mi.||NE||Hotel|
|Tranquility Bay||2.8 mi.||SSE||Hotel|
|Jolly Beach Resort & Spa||3.1 mi.||SSE||Resort|
|Sugar Ridge Resort Limited||3.6 mi.||S||Hotel|
|Cocobay Resort||3.7 mi.||S||Resort|
If you visit the beach around lunchtime the area near this beach provides some viable options, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. One of the nearest restaurants is Barefooot Grille. The restaurant has International food. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's not far off the beach at all.
Nearby restaurants are shown in the table below.
|Barefooot Grille||(866) 237-1644||International||Very Casual||1.2 mi.||NNE|
|Gauguin||(866) 237-1644||Caribbean, European, International||Informal||1.2 mi.||NNE|
|Ismay's Restaurant||(866) 237-1644||Caribbean||Informal||1.2 mi.||NNE|
|Sea Grape||(866) 237-1644||Caribbean||Informal||1.2 mi.||NNE|
|Andes on Deep Bay Waterfront Restaurant||(268) 462-3733||American, Caribbean||Informal||1.7 mi.||NE|
|Barrington's Restaurant||(268) 462-3733||International||Fine Dining||1.7 mi.||NE|
|Jimmy's Beach Grill & Bar||(268) 462-3733||Caribbean||Very Casual||1.7 mi.||NE|
|Lagoon Café||(268) 462-3733||Eclectic||Very Casual||1.7 mi.||NE|
|(268) 562-4446||Asian, Creole, International||--||2.7 mi.||SSE|
|(268) 462-6026||Steak house||--||--||--|
|(268) 562-4781||Asian, Eclectic, Indian||Fine Dining||--||--|
|Al Porto||(268) 562-7848||Italian||--||2.9 mi.||SSE|
Antigua has many beaches, and Pinching Bay is just one option.
Another location you might enjoy is Galley Bay Beach, situated just a short distance away. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Little Pearns Bay Beach could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby. You'll find it a mile and a half to the south.
You may also want to consider Hawksbill Bay, which is located three quarters of a mile to the north-northeast.
Antigua has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, so visiting Pinching Bay is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.
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