Willoughby Bay

Despite its breathtaking views of the Caribbean, Willoughby Bay often remains uninhabited. This makes it a great stop for someone looking for a secluded spot of beachfront property to claim as their own for a few hours during their Barbados trip.

Located in Willoughby Bay, fairly close to Mamora Bay, this beach is on the South East coast of Antigua. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Willoughby Bay is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's one of the best spots for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Most other beaches in Antigua may have the same warm sand and calming breezes as Willoughby Bay, but tend to be busier because they border some of the area's most popular resorts.

How to Access The Beach
Willoughby Bay is situated on the east coast of Barbados, directly in front of Willoughby Bay Resort & Yacht Club.

Amenities and Ambiance

Willoughby Bay features golden sands backed by a string of thick trees, and has dark blue waters.

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


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Willoughby Bay is on the South East coast of Antigua. It is near some interesting sites like Shirley Heights Fort, which is one of a number of favorite destinations in the area.

If you want to mix some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Admiral House, one of the closest museums, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't get bored. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Willoughby Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Shirley Heights Fort Historical Site 2.0 mi. SSW Antigua
Admiral House Museum 2.1 mi. SW Antigua
Rhythm Of Blue Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.2 mi. SW Antigua
Fort Berkeley Historical Site 2.2 mi. SW Antigua
Dockyard Museum Museum 2.3 mi. SW Antigua
Things Local Gallery Art Gallery 2.3 mi. SW Antigua
Shell Shot Photographers and Photographic Portrait Studios 2.3 mi. SW Antigua
Monk's Hill Park Park 2.3 mi. W Antigua
Nelson's Ruins Northeast Historical Site 2.4 mi. SW Antigua
Nelson's Ruins Southeast Historical Site 2.4 mi. SW Antigua
Nelson's Ruins West Historical Site 2.4 mi. SW Antigua
Betty's Hope Museum 3.8 mi. N Antigua

Cities and Towns

Willoughby Bay is in the English Harbour area, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Not far away you'll find English Harbour, a city which is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From Willoughby Bay, English Harbour is a quick trip away, about a short distance away.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked rooms nearby. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Beach-goers trying to find a place to stay close to the beach won't find it very difficult, as there is no shortage of resorts and hotels to pick from nearby. You can find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by viewing those listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Willoughby Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
St. James's Club 1.0 mi. SSE Resort
The Ocean Inn 1.9 mi. SW Hotel
Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort 2.0 mi. SW Resort
Inn At English Harbour 2.0 mi. SW Hotel
Admiral's Inn -- -- Hotel
The Copper & Lumber Store Hotel -- -- Hotel
The Catamaran Hotel -- -- Hotel
Tree Tops Resort -- -- Cottages
Harmony Hall 3.9 mi. NE Resort
Oceanic View Cottages 4.8 mi. NW Cottages


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has you covered, so there's no need to go too far from the sea. One of the closest places to eat is Le Zest. This restaurant has both Caribbean and French dishes on the menu.

The following table provides a list of dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Willoughby Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Le Zest (268) 562-8179 Caribbean, French Fine Dining 0.1 mi. S
The Hideout (268) 460-3666 Caribbean, Contemporary Informal 0.5 mi. SW
Piccolo Mondo (866) 237-2071 Caribbean, Italian Fine Dining 0.9 mi. SSE
Coco Beach Restaurant (866) 237-2071 American, International Very Casual 1.0 mi. SSE
Docksider Grill (866) 237-2071 Caribbean Informal 1.0 mi. SSE
Rainbow Garden (866) 237-2071 International Very Casual 1.0 mi. SSE
Selwyn's Friday BBQ (268) 724-6764 Grill -- -- --
One Stone Ital Shack in Falmouth -- Italian -- -- --
Rumbaba (268) 562-8126 Caribbean, Mediterranean -- -- --
Terrace (268) 460-1014 Caribbean, French, International Fine Dining 2.0 mi. SW
The Reef (268) 460-1014 Caribbean, International Very Casual 2.0 mi. SW
Calabash Beach Bar (268) 562-4906 Caribbean, International Very Casual 2.0 mi. SW

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover in Antigua, of course, so if Willoughby Bay doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Galleon Beach, another area that provides ample quietude and peace. Others might prefer Windward Beach, which could provide a few more possibilities for excitement, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby.

Another location you may want to try is St. James Club Beach, one of the many great Antigua beach sites.

Antigua has a lot to offer its visitors, but a trip to Willoughby Bay could end up a family favorite.


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