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.

Situated on the northwestern part of Dutchman Bay, near St. John's, Shoal Bay is on the North coast of Antigua. You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. Antigua's beaches are hardly known for being secluded, but Shoal Bay is a little bit further from the crowds, which makes it an excellent attraction for those of you who want to stay away from big crowds, but still get the most out of their beach visit.

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.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the North coast of Antigua; the area hosts attractions such as Stanford Cricket Ground, which is one and a quarter miles to the south.

If you want more information on the history of Antigua, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. The nearest historical attraction is Old Sugar Mill Ruins, which is a short taxi trip or walk away from the coast.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the beach is located near the attractions 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 you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Cities near Shoal Bay include Dickenson Bay, which is not overly developed, and it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for visitors hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From the coast, Dickenson Bay isn't far off, about three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on time of day, season, and how full the nearby hotels are. The area is not home to many major hotels, but you may meet guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

Because the beach is located in a pretty popular vacation destination, it typically isn't much of a challenge to find just the right type of hotel nearby. If you and your party are hoping to book a place that's on or near the ocean, the table that follows lists the accommodations closest to Shoal Bay.

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


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to visit a nearby restaurant, where you can sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without having to stray too far. One of the closest places to eat is Cecilia's High Point Cafe. This restaurant serves both Caribbean and European menu items. They are also famous for their desserts and seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's only a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurants.

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

Needless to say, Shoal Bay isn't the only beach worth visitng in Antigua.

You might also enjoy Long Island Beach West, located two and a half miles to the east. Others might prefer Jabberwock, which offers a few more possibilities for excitement, and isn't far from nearby attractions. You'll find it a quarter mile to the northwest.

You may also enjoy Runaway Beach, located not too far away, so a short ride in a taxi can take you where you want to go. 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.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Antigua; then again, visiting Shoal Bay or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in Antigua even more memorable.


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