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.

Set in Willoughby Bay, near Mamora Bay, this beach is on the South East coast of Antigua. You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Willoughby Bay stands out because it's one of the best spots for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Many of the other beaches you'll come across in Antigua may provide just as many amenities as Willoughby Bay, but are usually more crowded 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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, 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; this area boasts other attractions such as Shirley Heights Fort, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you want to mix a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Admiral House. It's not far from the shores at Willoughby Bay, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

There are options for close-by activities so 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 close to English Harbour, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. English Harbour is nearby and is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From Willoughby Bay, English Harbour is a quick trip away, roughly a short distance away.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Guests hoping to find a place to stay not far from Willoughby Bay will find themselves in luck, as there are lots of accommodations to choose from close-by. Find the closest, most convenient lodging options by looking over what's listed below.

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


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to dine at an area restaurant, where you can dive into Antigua's specialty dishes, without having to go far. One of the nearest restaurants is Le Zest. This restaurant has both Caribbean and French menu items.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurant options.

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 other beaches in Antigua you might like besides Willoughby Bay.

You might also enjoy Galleon Beach, an additional spot which provides ample opportunities to relax. On the other hand, Windward Beach could provide more action, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is St. James Club Beach, another great beach choice in Antigua.

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


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