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 should consider dropping by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. Though planning a vacation means you'll make lots of choices, choosing a suitable beach may be one of the more important things you do. Runaway Beach is one of many fun beaches in Antigua to consider.

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.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. If available, you could also purchase food from one of the mobile vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Luckily, umbrellas are available for guests hoping for a relaxing spot in the shade. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites. 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 Runaway Beach's immediate surroundings are a bustling area, meaning you may find many people vying for the use of the same amenities.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Runaway Beach on the North West coast of Antigua. It is close to Grand Bay Casino, which is seen three quarters of a mile away, and it is one attraction in the area.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

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

Cities and Towns

Runaway Beach is very close to Dickenson Bay, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Dickenson Bay is the closest town to Runaway Beach. It is not overly developed, and it will be a nice day out for guests who want to see more of the area. From Runaway Beach, Dickenson Bay is just up the road, 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 typically expect to share the sand with more than a few other guests who are staying close by.

You'll find a good number of hotels within a car's reach. A list of the closest choices are seen in the following table.

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


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to visit a nearby restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, without going too far from the coast. One of the closest restaurants is La Bussola Restaurant. The restaurant has both eclectic and Italian menu items. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurants are shown 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
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

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

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

Runaway Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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