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.

Situated in Mamora Bay, St. James Club Beach is on the South coast of Antigua. You might want to drop by regardless of whether you are staying in the immediate vicinity. St. James Club Beach is one of those beautiful but fun beaches that doesn't usually get packed with beachgoers, but it's not totally void of people 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.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Luckily, umbrellas and chairs will be available for use to guests seeking a relaxing spot in the shade.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the South coast of Antigua; the area hosts attractions such as Shirley Heights Fort, which is only a short distance away, so some guests will want to walk to this attraction, while others will choose to take a cab.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but many travelers find that museums like Admiral House (positioned just a quick cab ride or walk away) offer an entertaining diversion and help visitors understand Antigua's interesting past.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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

English Harbour is the closest town and is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how full the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of lodgings within driving distance. A few of the more convenient choices are seen in the table 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


When you start craving an afternoon snack, this beach has you covered, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the closest restaurants is Coco Beach Restaurant. The restaurant offers both American and International menu items. They're also renowned for their hamburgers. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of nearby restaurants.

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 plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from in Antigua, so if St. James Club Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

Another location you may want to try is Pigeon's Beach, which is located three miles to the west.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, St. James Club Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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