Shoal Bay

The waters of Shoal Bay lap upon two separate beaches. The bigger and more popular Jabberwock beach and the smaller Shoal Bay Beach on the south end of the bay. You can walk from one to the other, but only on an inland footpath.

Located in Dutchman Bay, in the vicinity of St. John's, Shoal Bay is on the North coast of Antigua. You should consider stopping by whether or not you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Though not very urbanized, tourists frequently choose this beach as a way to find some peace and quiet.

How to Access The Beach
Bordered inland by a college campus and other buildings, Shoal Bay is best accessed by a footpath from neighboring Jabberwock Beach or from Jabberwock Road.

Amenities and Ambiance

Shoal Bay is a little strip of sandy beach on Antigua's east coast. It's inland edge rests almost directly on the campus of American University of Antigua. It usually far less populated than neighboring Jabberwock Beach.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North coast of Antigua. It is close to Stanford Cricket Ground, which is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is one of a few local attractions.

If you're interested in combining a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting National Hero's Park. This museum is located well within taxi range, so it would be an easy side trip to take after some time in the sun.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Shoal Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Stanford Cricket Ground Attraction 1.3 mi. S Antigua
Cedar Valley Golf Club Golf Course 2.2 mi. WSW Antigua
Gobinet Gilly Art Gallery 2.4 mi. S Antigua
Old Sugar Mill Ruins Historical Site 2.5 mi. SW Antigua
National Hero's Park Museum 3.4 mi. SSW Antigua
Old Sugar Factory Historical Site 3.5 mi. S Antigua
Grand Bay Casino Casino 3.6 mi. W Antigua
Victoria Park Botanical Garden 3.9 mi. SW Antigua
St. John's Cathedral Historical Site 4.0 mi. SW Antigua
The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda Museum 4.1 mi. SW Antigua
Asot's Arcade Slot Machine Arcade 4.1 mi. SW Antigua
Paradise Casino Casino 4.2 mi. SW Antigua

Cities and Towns

Shoal Bay is near Dickenson Bay, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Cities near Shoal Bay include Dickenson Bay, which is not heavily urbanized, though it will be a nice day out for visitors wanting to get a taste of local life. From the beach, Dickenson Bay is a fairly short distance away, roughly three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how packed the nearby hotels are. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but it's often visited by visitors from smaller lodgings in the area.

Beach-goers looking for a place to stay not far from the beach won't have a difficult time, as there is no shortage of hotels to pick from nearby. Find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by perusing those shown in the table below.

Accommodations near Shoal Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Dutchman's Bay Cottages 0.4 mi. SE Cottages
Antigua Beachcomber Hotel 0.8 mi. SSE Hotel
Hodges Bay Club 0.9 mi. NW Resort
Sandpiper Reef Resort 2.3 mi. WNW Hotel
Blue Waters Hotel 2.7 mi. W Hotel
Jumby Bay 2.7 mi. E Hotel
Serendipity Cottages 3.0 mi. WSW Cottages
Trade Winds Hotel 3.1 mi. W Hotel
Dickenson Bay Cottages 3.3 mi. W Cottages
Villas at Sunset Lane 3.3 mi. W Hotel


When you're starving for a midday meal, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so you won't have to wander too far from these sands. Cecilia's High Point Cafe is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has both Caribbean and European cuisines. They also specialize in desserts and seafood. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a short distance away.

The table below lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Shoal Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cecilia's High Point Cafe (268) 562-7070 Caribbean, European Informal 0.7 mi. SE
Le Bistro (268) 462-3881 Caribbean, French -- 0.7 mi. NW
Le Bistro Restaurant (264) 497-6111 Bistro Very Casual 0.7 mi. NW
Kohili (268) 462-2300 Eclectic Informal 0.9 mi. NW
Taboo (268) 462-2300 Fusion, International Informal 0.9 mi. NW
Big Banana 17° 61° (268) 480-6979 International Informal 1.4 mi. S
The Estate House (268) 462-6000 Mediterranean Fine Dining 2.4 mi. E
The Verandah (268) 462-6000 International, Mediterranean Informal 2.4 mi. E
Bartleys Restaurant (800) 557-6536 International Informal 2.7 mi. W
The Cove Restaurant (800) 557-6536 Caribbean, French Fine Dining 2.7 mi. W
The Palm Restaurant (800) 557-6536 Caribbean Fine Dining 2.7 mi. W
Blue Waters (268) 462-0290 Buffet Fine Dining 2.7 mi. W

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Shoal Bay in Antigua.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Long Island Beach West, located two and a half miles to the east. More active guests, though, may be interested in Jabberwock, which could provide more action, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby. You'll find it a quarter mile to the northwest.

Travelers may also want to consider Runaway Beach, which is located four miles to the west. Sugary white sand and tranquil waters distinguish Antigua's Runaway Beach. A popular spot for vacationers, the beach is located next door to another popular beach area, Dickinson's Bay. Visitors to Runaway Beach will enjoy its sparkling blue water and fantastic sunsets.

Antigua offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and Shoal Bay is just one of the many options.


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