Runaway Beach

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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.

Located in Runaway Bay, 2.0 miles north-northwest of downtown St. John's, Runaway Beach is on the North West coast of Antigua. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Many of the beaches in Antigua are quiet and secluded, but the ambiance at Runaway Beach is one of both seclusion and activity; this means you can relax without sacrificing a fun and social atmosphere.

How to Access The Beach
Next door to popular Dickinson's Bay, Runaway Beach is easy to get to and open to the public.

Amenities and Ambiance

Runaway Beach is on Antigua's western coast and features rocky Corbinson Point on it's north end and a salt water pond on it's inland edge. It's the perfect beach for a sunset stroll.

There is also a snack bar here. On some days, it may be possible to purchase food from one of the mobile vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Luckily, beach umbrellas will be available for use to guests seeking some respite from the sun. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface. Runaway Beach is a peaceful area usually populated by honeymooners and famillies, so there's a good mix of people. For bigger crowds, visitors can walk to neighboring Dickinson's Bay.

Remember to take into account that the region in which Runaway Beach is located is is a much-visited area, meaning you may find many people vying for the use of the same amenities.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Runaway Beach on the North West coast of Antigua; it's located near attractions like Grand Bay Casino, which is pretty close, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Runaway Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Grand Bay Casino Casino 0.8 mi. NE Antigua

Cities and Towns

The closest city to Runaway Beach is Dickenson Bay, which is certainly not a bustling region, but it can be an interesting destination for visitors hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From Runaway Beach, Dickenson Bay is a quick trip away, maybe less than a mile (a kilometer and a half).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of visitors from lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent amount of hotels a car ride away. Some of the closest choices have been displayed in the following list.

Accommodations near Runaway Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Buccaneer Beach Club 0.7 mi. NNE Hotel
Siboney Beach Club 0.7 mi. NNE Hotel
Villas at Sunset Lane 0.9 mi. NE Hotel
Sandals Antigua Caribbean Village & Spa 1.0 mi. NE Resort
Dickenson Bay Cottages 1.1 mi. NE Cottages
Trade Winds Hotel 1.2 mi. NE Hotel
Rex Resorts Halcyon Cove 1.2 mi. NE Resort


When you start craving an afternoon snack, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so there's no need to go too far from these sands. One of the closest places to eat is La Bussola Restaurant. This restaurant serves both eclectic and Italian cuisines. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a little ways away.

The table below lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Runaway Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
La Bussola Restaurant (268) 562-1545 Eclectic, Italian Fine Dining 0.2 mi. NE
Conor's Sports Bar (268) 562-7874 Sports bar -- -- --
Coconut Grove (268) 462-1538 International Very Casual 0.7 mi. NNE
Chippy Antigua (268) 724-1166 Caribbean, English Very Casual 0.8 mi. NE
Millers by the Sea (268) 462-9414 Caribbean -- 0.8 mi. S
Putters Bar & Grill (268) 463-4653 American -- 0.8 mi. NE
The Beach (268) 480-6940 Bar and grill Informal 1.1 mi. NE
Russell's (268) 462-5479 Caribbean -- 1.2 mi. SSW
Bay House Restaurant (268) 462-1223 Caribbean, Eclectic Fine Dining 1.2 mi. NE
Warri Pier Restaurant on the Water (268) 462-0256 Caribbean, Continental Informal 1.2 mi. NE
KFC Fort Road (268) 481-1531 American Very Casual -- --
The Larder (268) 562-7880 International -- 1.5 mi. ESE

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from in Antigua, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

Another location you may want to try is St. Johns Harbor South, which is located only a short distance away.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Antigua, and Runaway Beach is just one of the many options.


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