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 edge of Antigua. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Antigua's beaches are known for being soothing, less-traveled spots along the coast. This atmosphere is blissful to some, but those who like to keep active will find there's much more variety at Runaway Beach.

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. Sometimes, visitors will be able to get lunch from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Luckily, beach umbrellas can be used by visitors looking for a place to relax in the shade. The water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life. 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.

Even so, be sure to see that even if there are definitely some forms of comforts present while at Runaway Beach, it happens to be found in a commonly visited area. If you want to stay away from crowded shores and busy-beaches, it is a decent idea to think ahead for times when there are less people, such as heading to the beach for a breakfast picnic and cool swim. Otherwise, you might find all those comforts being overwhelmed.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North West coast of Antigua; this area boasts other attractions such as Grand Bay Casino, which is three quarters of a mile to the northeast.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Antigua. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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 not heavily urbanized, though it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for those wanting to scope out the local scene. From the coast, Dickenson Bay is a fairly short distance 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. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Visitors will find a pretty good range of hotels and resorts to choose from close to Runaway Beach. The most accessible of which have been listed in the table that follows.

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


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you walk to a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest places to eat is La Bussola Restaurant. This restaurant serves both eclectic and Italian menu items. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's only a short distance away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are included in the following table.

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
Blu Pineapple (268) 462-1501 American Informal 1.1 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 -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Runaway Beach in Antigua.

You might also want to visit St. Johns Harbor South, which is located two miles to the south-southwest.

Antigua has plenty to offer its visitors, and Runaway Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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