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Dickenson Bay

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.

On the North West edge of Antigua, this beach is located toward the eastern outskirts of Dickenson Bay, in the general vicinity of St. John's. You may notice that beaches throughout Antigua tend to be pretty quiet, but Dickenson Bay stands out as a pleasant exception to this rule.

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.

There is also a restaurant on-location, which many Dickenson Bay visitors find convenient and satisfying. Every destination has its own unique cuisine, and Antigua is no different. One truly memorable place to discover local delicacies is right on the water. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. You may also have the option to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Yes, public restrooms will be available here. You will also have access to chairs and umbrellas, so guests looking for a relaxing spot in the shade will get their wish. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab your equipment if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface. 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.

Though, please realize that even though you can find at least one or two amenities on location if you go to Dickenson Bay, it can be located within a major tourist area. With that fact in mind, if you're sure that the amenities can make or break a good time, it'll likely be an appropriate cause to make it there earlier in the morning before the crowds or perhaps go to a different beach away from the major areas. Or you could find all the amenities becoming unavailable.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the North West coast of Antigua. It is close to Grand Bay Casino, which is seen a quarter mile away, and it is one of a few favorite destinations in the area.

Historical attractions like Fort James offer the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Dickenson Bay, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Antigua's past, without venturing too far from the coast. As a matter of fact, this shore is just a walk or cab ride from this place of historical interest.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't get bored. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Dickenson Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Grand Bay Casino Casino 0.3 mi. SSW Antigua
Cedar Valley Golf Club Golf Course 1.7 mi. SE Antigua
Antigua Megaplex 8 Movie Theater 1.9 mi. SSE Antigua
Fort James Historical Site 2.3 mi. SSW Antigua
St. John's Cathedral Historical Site 2.6 mi. S Antigua
King's Casino Casino 2.6 mi. S Antigua
The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda Museum 2.6 mi. S Antigua
Asot's Arcade Slot Machine Arcade 2.6 mi. S Antigua
Deluxe Cinemas Movie Theater 2.7 mi. S Antigua
ZEMI Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.7 mi. S Antigua
Paradise Casino Casino 2.7 mi. S Antigua
Gismary Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.7 mi. S Antigua

Cities and Towns

This beach is close to Dickenson Bay, so walking the city is a definite option. Dickenson Bay is the closest town to Dickenson Bay. It is not heavily urbanized, though it will be a nice day out for those who want to see more of the area. From the beach, Dickenson Bay isn't far off, maybe a half mile (three quarters of a kilometer).

Hotels

The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many people have booked nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Since the beach is located in a fairly popular vacation destination, it shouldn't be all that tough to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you and your group are hoping to book a place that's near the beach, the table below lists the accommodation options closest to Dickenson Bay.

Accommodations near Dickenson Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Island Type
Rex Resorts Halcyon Cove 0.1 mi. NE Antigua Resort
Sandals Antigua Caribbean Village & Spa 0.1 mi. S Antigua Resort
Dickenson Bay Cottages 0.2 mi. SE Antigua Cottages
Villas at Sunset Lane 0.4 mi. SSE Antigua Resort
Siboney Beach Club 0.4 mi. SW Antigua Hotel
Buccaneer Beach Club 0.4 mi. SW Antigua Hotel
Blue Waters Hotel 1.1 mi. NE Antigua Hotel
Anchorage Inn 1.4 mi. S Antigua Hotel
Sandpiper Reef Resort 1.5 mi. NE Antigua Hotel
Serendipity Cottages 1.6 mi. SE Antigua Cottages

Food

If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. Bay House Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has a menu featuring International cuisine.

Nearby restaurant options are shown below.

Restaurants near Dickenson Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bay House Restaurant (268) 462-1223 International Fine Dining 0.0 mi. S
Warri Pier Restaurant on the Water (268) 462-0256 Caribbean, Continental Informal 0.1 mi. NE
Opus Restaurant and Bar (268) 462-1501 Caribbean Informal 0.2 mi. SE
Coconut Grove (268) 462-1538 International Very Casual 0.4 mi. SW
Clouds Restaurant (268) 462-0256 -- -- 0.4 mi. W
Pari's Bar and Restaurant (268) 462-1501 Caribbean, International -- 0.4 mi. W
Putters Bar & Grill (268) 463-4653 American -- 0.4 mi. W
Bartleys Restaurant (800) 557-6536 International Fine Dining 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
Veronica's Bar (268) 462-0290 -- -- 1.1 mi. NE
Conor's Sports Bar (268) 562-7874 Sports bar -- 1.1 mi. SW

Other Beaches

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Dickenson Bay.

You may also like Soldier Bay West, which is generally a pretty popular beach. It is located a half mile to the north-northeast. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Galley Bay Beach is a beach removed from some more heavily-traveled spots. You'll find it a short taxi ride away.

You may also enjoy Runaway Beach, located a mile to the south west. 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.

Maybe Dickenson Bay is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, Antigua offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.

 

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