Windward Beach

Secluded, open, and rarely crowded, Windward Beach makes up for it rocky waters with beautiful views and plenty of sand to sun bathe on. With the shimmering ocean on one side and a wall of trees on the other, eco-tourist and all lovers of natural beaches should be pleased with this one.

Positioned on the island of Antigua, near Falmouth Harbour, You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the vicinity. Vacationers who want a somewhat serene and secluded beach, that's also not too far from the town's amenities should pay a visit to Windward Beach. It's not the type of beach that gets packed every day, but it's not quiet or boring either.

How to Access The Beach
At the southern end of Dockyard Drive, you can turn westward along dirt roads. Taking these dirt roads to the southwest will lead you right to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Windward Beach curves in a cove that protects the beach from some of the rougher waters that can be found in the area. However, with the rocky shore, it is not always the best place to go for a swim, lest you hurt yourself. Additionally, if you do plan on a long day of laying in the sun, be sure to bring you own food and drinks; you will not find and on the beach.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Be mindful that Windward Beach's immediate surroundings are highly urbanized, so show up early.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This beach is positioned on the South coast of Antigua; this area boasts other attractions such as Nelson's Ruins West, which is a half mile away.

If you want to mix culture with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Dockyard Museum. It's located relatively close to Windward Beach, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Windward Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Nelson's Ruins West Historical Site 0.4 mi. E Antigua
Nelson's Ruins Northeast Historical Site 0.5 mi. E Antigua
Nelson's Ruins Southeast Historical Site 0.5 mi. E Antigua
Shell Shot Photographers and Photographic Portrait Studios 0.5 mi. NE Antigua
Dockyard Museum Museum 0.6 mi. E Antigua
Things Local Gallery Art Gallery 0.6 mi. E Antigua
Admiral House Museum 0.7 mi. E Antigua
Monk's Hill Park Park 1.7 mi. N Antigua
Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour Zip Line Site 3.4 mi. NNW Antigua

Cities and Towns

English Harbour is nearby and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested.

Hotels

The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how full the nearby hotels are. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may see guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Though you'll find very few hotels that are within a short car ride, the nearest ones are shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Windward Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Admiral's Inn 0.6 mi. E Hotel
The Copper & Lumber Store Hotel 0.6 mi. E Hotel
Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort 0.8 mi. NE Resort
The Ocean Inn 0.8 mi. NE Hotel
The Catamaran Hotel 1.3 mi. N Hotel

Food

When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you don't have to go far from the sea. One of the closest restaurants is Bumpkins. This restaurant serves delicious Caribbean cuisine. They're also renowned for their seafood. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's just a little ways away.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Windward Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bumpkins (268) 562-2522 Caribbean -- 0.3 mi. N
Skullduggery Cafe (268) 463-0625 -- -- 0.5 mi. NNE
Cafe Club -- -- -- 0.5 mi. NE
Seabreezes -- Italian Very Casual 0.5 mi. NE
Abracadabra Restaurant (268) 460-2701 Italian -- 0.5 mi. NE
Cloggy's at the Antigua Yacht Club (268) 460-6910 Mediterranean -- 0.5 mi. NE
Grace Before Meal (268) 460-1298 -- -- 0.6 mi. NE
Admiral's Inn Restaurant (268) 460-1027 Caribbean Fine Dining 0.6 mi. ENE
Trappas Restaurant and Bar (268) 562-3534 International Informal 0.6 mi. NE
SUN RA (268) 562-6581 Mediterranean Very Casual 0.6 mi. ENE
Mainbrace Pub (268) 460-1160 British, Caribbean Informal 0.6 mi. E
Wardroom Restaurant (268) 460-1160 International Informal 0.6 mi. E

Other Beaches

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

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Galleon Beach, located just a little ways away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, Rendezvous Bay may be just what you're looking for. It's found two and a half miles to the west.

Travelers may also want to consider Pigeon's Beach, which is located a quarter mile away.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Antigua; then again, Windward Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.

 

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