St. James Club Beach

This is the most popular of the two beaches at the St. James's Club resort, because of its close proximity to most of the rooms and restaurants. This beach is especially popular with guests of the resort during the summer, when the steady breeze off the ocean is especially welcome.

Positioned in Mamora Bay, St. James Club Beach is on the South edge of Antigua. You might want even if you are not staying nearby. Travelers looking for a spot that's a little out of the way, but still active, may want to give St. James Club Beach a try. It's just slightly removed from the center of it all, but it's not totally secluded either.

How to Access The Beach
A gate limits vehicular access to the beach. While access to the beach is largely limited to guests staying at St. James Club, if you visit for lunch, the staff might not object to your spending a little time walking the beach before or after. If you are staying at the resort, the limited access helps with crowd control, keeping the environment as quiet and picturesque for guests as possible.

Amenities and Ambiance

St. James Beach with its powder white sand and palm lined shores features waters that are just slightly rougher than its sister beach of Mamora Bay Beach because it opens to the sea and often experiences stronger winds. Gazing out over the water from the shore, beach-goers will notice that the color of the water changes the deeper the water gets, starting with bright turquoise and moving to more deeper blues.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Luckily, umbrellas and chairs are available for visitors hoping for a shaded area to relax.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the South coast of Antigua; it will be near other attractions like Shirley Heights Fort, which is a mile and a half away.

If you're interested in combining a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to Admiral House, a lovely museum found two miles to the west, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

If a visit to the St. James Club Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near St. James Club Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Shirley Heights Fort Historical Site 1.8 mi. SW Antigua
Fort Berkeley Historical Site 2.2 mi. WSW Antigua
Admiral House Museum 2.2 mi. W Antigua
Rhythm Of Blue Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.3 mi. W Antigua
Dockyard Museum Museum 2.3 mi. WSW Antigua
Things Local Gallery Art Gallery 2.3 mi. WSW Antigua
Nelson's Ruins Southeast Historical Site 2.4 mi. WSW Antigua
Nelson's Ruins Northeast Historical Site 2.4 mi. W Antigua
Nelson's Ruins West Historical Site 2.5 mi. W Antigua
Shell Shot Photographers and Photographic Portrait Studios 2.5 mi. W Antigua
Monk's Hill Park Park 3.0 mi. WNW Antigua
Harmony Hall Gallery Art Gallery 4.3 mi. NE Antigua

Cities and Towns

The closest town is St. John's, which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

You'll find a fairly wide range of hotels to choose from close to the beach. The closest of which have been listed below.

Accommodations near St. James Club Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
St. James's Club 0.1 mi. W Resort
Inn At English Harbour 1.9 mi. WSW Hotel
The Ocean Inn 2.2 mi. W Hotel
The Copper & Lumber Store Hotel 2.3 mi. W Hotel
Admiral's Inn 2.3 mi. W Hotel
Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort 2.3 mi. W Resort
The Catamaran Hotel 3.0 mi. W Hotel
Tree Tops Resort 3.1 mi. ENE Cottages
Harmony Hall 4.3 mi. NE Resort
Oceanic View Cottages 5.8 mi. NW Cottages


If you visit the beach around lunchtime you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so you won't have to wander too far away. One of the closest places to eat is Coco Beach Restaurant. This restaurant offers both American and International menu items. Visitors often rave about their hamburgers. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of nearby dining options.

Restaurants near St. James Club Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Coco Beach Restaurant (866) 237-2071 American, International Very Casual 0.1 mi. W
Docksider Grill (866) 237-2071 Caribbean Informal 0.1 mi. W
Rainbow Garden (866) 237-2071 International Very Casual 0.1 mi. W
Piccolo Mondo (866) 237-2071 Caribbean, Italian Fine Dining 0.2 mi. WNW
Le Zest (268) 562-8179 Caribbean, French Fine Dining 1.0 mi. NW
The Hideout (268) 460-3666 Caribbean, Contemporary Informal 1.0 mi. NW
Shirley Heights Lookout (268) 460-1785 American Informal 1.8 mi. SW
Catherine's Café (268) 460-5050 French Informal 1.9 mi. WSW
Terrace (268) 460-1014 Caribbean, French, International Fine Dining 1.9 mi. WSW
The Reef (268) 460-1014 Caribbean, International Very Casual 1.9 mi. WSW
Calabash Beach Bar (268) 562-4906 Caribbean, International Very Casual 1.9 mi. WSW
Ristorante Paparazzi (268) 562-8136 Italian Informal 2.1 mi. W

Other Beaches

There are other beaches in Antigua you might like besides St. James Club Beach.

Travelers may also want to consider Pigeon's Beach, located within a couple of miles.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Antigua, but St. James Club Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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