Dickenson Bay Attractions

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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

You'll find a large selection of beaches to consider in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at several locations, for vacationers who enjoy this relaxing pastime. Just click on the name of each beach for a detailed guide to that particular stretch of sand.

If you enjoy snorkeling, a place where that is an option is Runaway Beach. Runaway Beach has calm waters for swimming and a beach bar where you can grab a beer. Its spotted with hotels, but usually not too crowded.

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Another good option for snorkelers is Dickenson Bay. Dickenson Bay is surrounded by activity. It's off of Anchorage Road, adjacent to the Sandals Grande Antigua Resort.

Soldier Bay West: Soldier Bay West is an isolated beach, hiding itself between big name beach resorts and waiting to be discovered by the island's more curious visitors.

These examples are just a few of the options that are available. To visit our complete page about beaches, go to this page.

Landmark Attractions

Fort James

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Fort James. It is located 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 worth visiting is St. John's Cathedral. It is found within 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 -- you'll find some other landmark attractions. To read a more detailed discussion of other sites worth visiting this topic, visit this guide to other interesting landmarks nearby.

Natural Attractions

Nelson's Dockyard National Park

Victoria Park is one of the natural attractions you might consider visiting. 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 a second outdoor attraction to consider. 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.

These examples are just a few of the options worth consideration Navigate to this extended discussion regarding natural attractions nearby if you'd like to discover some more details.


Feeling Lucky? Vacationers hoping to try their luck on the slots can find quite a few venues where they can do so in and near the area.

Grand Bay Casino is located within the heart of Dickenson Bay. Come play at one of the largest Casinos on Antigua. Grand Bay Casino has all of the popular games like poker and blackjack, and then some of the more rare ones.

If you enjoy playing the slots, consider heading to King's Casino. King's Casino has been keeping vacationers in Antigua entertained since 1988, and is considered to be the most popular casino on the island. The casino is located in downtown St. John's, Antigua at Heritage Quay, and features hundreds of slot machines as well as a few live table games.

Asot's Arcade: For many people, their favorite part of spending an evening at a casino is playing the slots. If this is true of you, you'll love Ascot's Arcade Jackpot Casino Slots on St. John, Antigua.

These examples are just a sample of the available options. Click this link to read our page about gaming in and near Dickenson Bay.


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