Dickenson Bay

Photo credit: © James Gale

Several big name resorts make their home on Dickenson Bay. That means there's plenty to do, including tours and water sports, but you're not likely to be all alone on this beach.

Positioned just outside the heart of Dickenson Bay, this beach is on the North West edge of Antigua. You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you are staying in the immediate vicinity. Active and social travelers might like this beach because of its urban location. In fact, Dickenson Bay would be most convenient for those who are staying in the hotels nearby, and people who prefer "city life" to the suburbs.

How to Access The Beach
Dickenson Bay is surrounded by activity. It's off of Anchorage Road, adjacent to the Sandals Grande Antigua Resort.

Amenities and Ambiance

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. Off the coast of Dickenson Bay visitors will find several small uninhabited islands and a one-mile-long coral reef.

Also, you have the option of trying the restaurant located right on Dickenson Bay. Antigua has a wide assortment of dining options, but not all your meals have to be in a sit-down restaurant. Many visitors, in fact, simply sit on their towels——not in a restaurant——to enjoy lunch. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

There is also a concession stand available. On some days, it may be possible to order lunch from one of the mobile vendors who are typically found at this location.

Yes, there are public restrooms at Dickenson Bay. You'll also find chairs and umbrellas here, so guests hoping for relief from the sultry island sun will not be disappointed. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you are looking to do some underwater exploration. Dickenson Bay is a very popular beach, so there's bound to be some crowds. It is also a favorite destination for families with children and there's generally a good mix of both tourists and locals.

Keep in mind that Dickenson Bay's immediate surroundings are an urban area, which means you may find quite a few people vying for the use of the same facilities.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North West coast of Antigua; it will be near other attractions like Grand Bay Casino, which is pretty close, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Dickenson Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Grand Bay Casino Casino 0.3 mi. SSW Antigua

Cities and Towns

Dickenson Bay is the closest city to this beach. It is a fairly rural area, but it will be a pleasant day trip for visitors wanting to get a taste of local life. From the coast, Dickenson Bay is a quick trip away, about a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how packed the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Visitors will find a fairly good variety of accommodations to choose from in the area around the beach. The most convenient of which can be seen in the table below.

Accommodations near Dickenson Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Rex Resorts Halcyon Cove 0.1 mi. NE Resort
Sandals Antigua Caribbean Village & Spa 0.1 mi. S Resort
Dickenson Bay Cottages 0.2 mi. SE Cottages
Villas at Sunset Lane 0.4 mi. SSE Hotel
Trade Winds Hotel 0.4 mi. SE Hotel
Siboney Beach Club 0.4 mi. SW Hotel
Buccaneer Beach Club 0.4 mi. SW Hotel


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to visit a nearby restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, without having to go far. One of the nearest restaurants is The Beach. It shouldn't take long at all to get to it either considering it is only a short walk away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown below.

Restaurants near Dickenson Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
The Beach (268) 480-6940 Bar and grill Informal 0.0 mi. N
Warri Pier Restaurant on the Water (268) 462-0256 Caribbean, Continental Informal 0.1 mi. NE
Chippy Antigua (268) 724-1166 Caribbean, English Very Casual 0.3 mi. SSW
Putters Bar & Grill (268) 463-4653 American -- 0.3 mi. S
Bay House Restaurant (268) 462-1223 Caribbean, Eclectic Fine Dining 0.4 mi. SE
Coconut Grove (268) 462-1538 International Very Casual 0.4 mi. SW
La Bussola Restaurant (268) 562-1545 Eclectic, Italian Fine Dining 0.9 mi. SW
Bartleys Restaurant (800) 557-6536 International Informal 1.1 mi. NE
The Cove Restaurant (800) 557-6536 Caribbean, French Fine Dining 1.1 mi. NE
The Palm Restaurant (800) 557-6536 Caribbean Fine Dining 1.1 mi. NE
Conor's Sports Bar (268) 562-7874 Sports bar -- -- --
Blue Waters (268) 462-0290 Buffet Fine Dining 1.1 mi. NE

Other Beaches

There are other beaches in Antigua you might like besides Dickenson Bay.

If the active mood at Dickenson Bay is one of the features you love, you'll want to consider heading to Soldier Bay West, another destination with a good amount of excitement. It is located a half mile to the north-northeast. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Galley Bay Beach is a beach which doesn't host as many visitors. It is located a short taxi ride away.

You may also enjoy Runaway Beach, which is located within a short distance. Sugary white sand and tranquil waters distinguish Antigua's Runaway Beach. A popular spot for vacationers, the beach is located next door to another popular beach area, Dickinson's Bay. Visitors to Runaway Beach will enjoy its sparkling blue water and fantastic sunsets.

Perhaps Dickenson Bay is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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