Pinching Bay

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.

How to Access 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.

Amenities and Ambiance

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.

What's Nearby


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.

Activities and Attractions Near Pinching Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Royal Antiguan Gambling Arcade 1.7 mi. NE Antigua
Fort Barrington Historical Site 2.0 mi. NE Antigua
Taino's & Millennium Galleries 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
Gismary Art Gallery 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

Cities and Towns

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.

Accommodations near Pinching Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
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
Cocos 3.8 mi. S Hotel


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.

Restaurants near Pinching Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
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
Castaways (268) 562-4446 Asian, Creole, International -- 2.7 mi. SSE
Peter's BBQ Steak House (268) 462-6026 Steak house -- -- --
Saffron Restaurant (268) 562-4781 Asian, Eclectic, Indian Fine Dining -- --
Al Porto (268) 562-7848 Italian -- 2.9 mi. SSE

Other Beaches

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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