Jolly Beach

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A long beach jutting out into the ocean, Jolly Beach is adjacent to Jolly Harbor and is surrounded by lots of activity. There are restaurants, accommodations, bars and a casino around this beach. This beach could keep you occupied for your entire island stay.

Located in the heart of Jolly Harbour, Jolly Beach is on the West edge of Antigua. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. If hustle and bustle isn't your style, you'll appreciate that the majority of beaches in Antigua are known for their privacy and seclusion. Of course, some vacationers come to Antigua looking for activity, and are better off visiting Jolly Beach, one of the few beaches that draws a significant crowd.

How to Access The Beach

You will have no trouble finding this beach on the western side of the island, right off of valley road. It's past Jolly Harbor and the Jolly Beach Resort.

Amenities and Ambiance

A mile long and curved out towards the ocean, Jolly Beach has velvet white sand and calm waters. There are dozens of nearby attractions.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Jolly Beach is the ultimate convenience.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Luckily, umbrellas and chairs are available for guests hoping for a place to relax in the shade.

Jolly Beach and its choice of amenities are located inside an area that sees many visitors. What this means is that if you think the amenities make or break a trip, it is a good idea to come early in the day well before the other people show up or try a beach away from the major areas. If you arrive later, you may be unable to use all the services which this beach has on site.

What's Nearby


Jolly Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the West coast of Antigua. It is near Taino's & Millennium Galleries, which is one of the popular spots in the area.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Jolly Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Taino's & Millennium Galleries Art Gallery 0.1 mi. E Antigua
Casino at Jolly Beach Casino 0.3 mi. S Antigua
Jolly Harbour Golf Course Golf Course 0.3 mi. ENE Antigua

Cities and Towns

Not far away you'll find Jolly Harbour, a town which is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From Jolly Beach, Jolly Harbour is just up the road, about less than a hundred yards (about a hundred meters).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many people have booked rooms nearby. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Though you'll find very few hotels within a several miles, the nearest ones are shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Jolly Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Tranquility Bay 0.1 mi. S Hotel
Jolly Beach Resort & Spa 0.3 mi. S Resort
Sugar Ridge Resort Limited 0.8 mi. S Hotel
Cocobay Resort 1.1 mi. SSW Resort
Cocos 1.2 mi. SSW Hotel


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest places to eat is Peter's BBQ Steak House. Visitors often rave about Peter's BBQ Steak House's barbecue and steak.

Nearby restaurants are shown in the following table.

Restaurants near Jolly Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Peter's BBQ Steak House (268) 462-6026 Steak house -- -- --
Saffron Restaurant (268) 562-4781 Asian, Eclectic, Indian Fine Dining -- --
Castaways (268) 562-4446 Asian, Creole, International -- 0.1 mi. NNW
Al Porto (268) 562-7848 Italian -- 0.2 mi. ESE
Bocciolo Italian Restaurant (268) 462-0061 Italian -- 0.3 mi. S
Hemispheres International Restaurant (268) 462-0061 International -- 0.3 mi. S
Lydia's Caribbean Seafood Restaurant (268) 462-0061 Caribbean -- 0.3 mi. S
Ustav Indian Cuisine (268) 462-0061 Indian -- 0.3 mi. S
Melini's Ristorante (268) 562-4173 Italian -- 0.3 mi. SE
The Crow's Nest (268) 562-2637 International Very Casual 0.3 mi. SE
Sugar Club Restaurant (268) 484-3702 International Informal 0.7 mi. SE
Carmichael's (268) 562-7700 ext. 329 Caribbean -- 0.8 mi. S

Other Beaches

Jolly Beach is just one of many beaches you can visit in Antigua.

You may also want to try Cove Bay Beach, which is generally a pretty popular beach. It is located a mile to the northwest. If you're looking for a more secluded beach experience, Turner's Beach may be a good choice. It is located not far off the beach at all.

You might also want to visit Valley Church Beach, located three quarters of a mile away.

Antigua has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and paying a visit to Jolly Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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