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 near the heart of Dickenson Bay, this beach is on the North West coast of Antigua. You should consider dropping by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. Many of the other beaches in Antigua are known for being hidden gems with potential for deep relaxation. These spots may be perfect for those who need a break from crowds, but other visitors prefer lounging in the livelier environment at Dickenson Bay.

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.

You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. There are so many unique restaurants in Antigua, but you don't have to eat every meal in a formal setting. Many vacationers simply sit on their towels——not in a restaurant——to enjoy lunch. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

The concession stand at this spot is also an option. Sometimes, visitors will be able to order some food from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Dickenson Bay. It's also good to know that you will have access to chairs and umbrellas here, so guests looking for a relaxing spot in the shade will not go leave unhappy. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life. 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.

Dickenson Bay as well as its available amenities happens to be located inside a major tourist area. If you want to stay away from crowded shores and busy-beaches, it is a smart reason to make plans to visit and beat the crowds, such as having your beach visit first thing in the morning. If you arrive later, you could lose the chance to use all the services that this beach has on site.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North West coast of Antigua. Grand Bay Casino is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one attraction close-by.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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

Cities and Towns

Cities near this beach include Dickenson Bay, which is a fairly rural area, but it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for visitors who want to see more of the area. From the coast, Dickenson Bay is a quick trip away, roughly a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

You'll find a reasonable selection of places to stay which can be reached in the car. A few of the more convenient choices are seen in the following list.

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


When you start craving an afternoon snack, this beach has you covered, so there's no need to go too far from the sea. One of the closest restaurants is The Beach. There should be no problems getting there either since it is just a quick walk away.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

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

Of course, Dickenson Bay is just one of many beaches you might like in Antigua.

If the active mood at Dickenson Bay is what you're looking for, consider heading to Soldier Bay West, a beach with a similar ambiance. You'll find it a half mile to the north-northeast. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Galley Bay Beach is a beach which doesn't host as many visitors. It is located a short taxi ride away.

You may also want to consider Runaway Beach, located only a short distance away. 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.

Antigua has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and paying a visit to Dickenson Bay is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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