Pinching Bay

Quiet and undeveloped, Pinching Bay is an island oasis. There is nothing here but sun, sand and sea.

Located in Five Islands, near St. John's, Pinching Bay is on the West edge of Antigua. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. There are advantages to visiting a beach that isn't crowded into a major metropolitan area; secluded parts of the coast like Pinching Bay make great places to spread out and relax.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the West coast of Antigua; the area hosts attractions such as Royal Antiguan, which is not very far away, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

History-focused attractions such as Fort Barrington are a nice compliment to a soothing day at Pinching Bay, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about Antigua's past, without having to venture too far from the coast. In fact, this coast is just a walk or cab ride from this place of historical significance.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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
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
Greencastle Hill Park Historical Site 4.1 mi. SE 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 beach, Jolly Harbour isn't far off, about three miles (four and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how full nearby hotel rooms are. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Since the beach is situated in a relatively popular vacation spot, it typically isn't all that difficult to find exactly the kind of hotel you're looking for nearby. For those looking to get a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table shows the closest accommodations to Pinching Bay.

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


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you walk to a local restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, without having to go far. One of the nearest restaurants is Barefooot Grille. The restaurant has International food. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's only a short distance away.

A few nearby dining options 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
Al Porto (268) 562-7848 Italian -- 2.7 mi. SSE
Peter's BBQ Steak House (268) 462-6026 Steak house -- -- --
Saffron Restaurant (268) 562-4781 Asian, Eclectic, Indian Fine Dining -- --

Other Beaches

Visitors who are looking for the ideal beach will have plenty of other choices in Antigua besides Pinching Bay.

You might also enjoy Galley Bay Beach, located just a short distance away. More active guests, though, may be interested in Little Pearns Bay Beach, which offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. It's located a mile and a half to the south.

Another option worth considering is Hawksbill Bay, located within a couple of miles.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Antigua, but Pinching Bay is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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