Attractions in Dickenson Bay

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Dickenson's Bay is most commonly associated with its long stretch of white sandy beachfront adjoining various sizes and types of accommodations. Guests staying in this area have immediate access to the Caribbean sea and a beautiful salt water pond, tempting them to spend most of their time close by.  However, there are plenty of other things to see and do.  Casinos are popular in the area, and there are a few parks to explore, but if go just a bit farther, into the nearby city of St. John's and beyond, you'll find a much wider variety of attractions to check out.


Runaway Beach

There are an abundance of beaches to enjoy in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at some locations, for people who are so inclined. Click on the name of the beach for detailed information about that beach.

If you want to go snorkeling, a beach with that option is Runaway Beach. Next door to popular Dickinson's Bay, Runaway Beach is easy to get to and open to the public.

Attractions Map

Another good choice for visitors who enjoy snorkeling is Dickenson Bay. On the northwest coast of Antigua lies Dickenson Bay, with sugary white sand beaches and calm waters for sport and swim. Hotels, restaurants, vendor booths and shops abound.

Soldier Bay West: Soldier Bay West is a very quiet beach without development. The sand is soft and white, the ocean clear blue.

Needless to say, you will find many other beaches to choose from in and around the area. Readers can get more details by clicking here.

Landmark Attractions

Fort James

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Fort James. It is situated on St. John's, 2.1 mi. South-Southwest of central Dickenson Bay. Once of the earlier British forts on the island, Fort James was constructed in 1706 in fear of an eventual French invasion. Till this day it stands guard in front of St. John's Harbor, though now mainly as a tourist attraction.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is St. John's Cathedral. It is located in downtown St. John's, 2.4 mi. South of central Dickenson Bay. St. John's Cathedral is a historic Anglican church that watches over the island from a hilltop on St. John's. Though it was originally built in the 17th century, it remains in use to this day and serves as the seat of the Diocese of the North East Caribbean and Aruba.

The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda: Puruse this museum and discover the fascinating history of Antigua, from before European settlements to cultural experiences today. It may provide you with a new lens with which to view this tropical paradise.

But that's not all -- there are some other choices as well. If you're interested, find out more about other interesting places to visit close to Dickenson Bay by clicking on this link.

Natural Attractions

Nelson's Dockyard National Park

Victoria Park is one of the better known natural attractions. Originally established in 1888, the gardens offer visitors a quiet escape from the crowds of St. Johns and Dickenson Bay. Among the flowers and trees, you will be able to relax and take a break from more active adventures.

Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour is another option to consider visiting. Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour is a unique way to view the rainforest of Antigua. On one of nine zip-lines or two canopy bridges you can experience a fully guided and exhilarating tour of some of the most beautiful land on the island.

Luckily, you will find quite a few other natural attractions. For a better look at this topic, visit this guide.


Ready for some action? Visitors wanting to try their luck on the slots will have a handful of places to go nearby.

King's Casino, which is on the premises of Heritage Quay Shopping Center, is located in downtown St. John's, 2.5 mi. South of central Dickenson Bay. King Casino is open everyday of the week. On Monday through Saturday, it is open from 10:00am until 4:00am.

Paradise Casino is found within downtown St. John's, 2.6 mi. South of central Dickenson Bay. Located on Lower Market Street on St. John's, Paradise Casino is your typical Caribbean casino, located in a well-lit space with slot machines set up in neat little rows, and courteous dealers manning the table games.

The chart below lists more details regarding the gaming venues close to Dickenson Bay.

Gambling Near Dickenson Bay
Name Located At Phone Location
King's Casino Heritage Quay Shopping Center (268) 462-1727 Downtown St. John's, 2.5 mi. South of Central Dickenson Bay
Paradise Casino -- (264) 562-1728 Downtown St. John's, 2.6 mi. South of Central Dickenson Bay

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