Valley Church Beach

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Valley Church Beach is a beautiful, often overlooked beach on Antigua's eastern shore. The waters are clean and calm. It's a good swimming beach, but there's not much to see snorkeling.

Set near the heart of Valley Church, this beach is on the West coast of Antigua. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Beachgoers should keep in mind that, while Valley Church Beach is certainly not secluded, it's not the rowdiest beach in Antigua either. This makes it a good option for families who want to make the most of their trip to the beach without having to fight other beachgoers for a spot in the sand.

How to Access The Beach

Between Coco Beach and Jolly Harbour, Valley Church Beach can be seen from Valley Road and is accessible to the public.

Amenities and Ambiance

Dotted with palm trees, this long white sand beach is eight miles from St. Johns. It's a quiet beach nestled between more popular shoreline spots.

You'll also discover that there is a restaurant on the shore worth trying. Every location around the world has its own cuisine, and Antigua is no different. One of the most enjoyable places to experience delicious local dishes is right next to the coast. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, you could easily grab some of Antigua's famous street food along the way.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Bear in mind that Valley Church Beach's location is is a much-visited area, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the West coast of Antigua; it will be near other attractions like Casino at Jolly Beach, which is pretty close, so some guests will want to walk to this attraction, while others will choose to take a cab.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available in Antigua. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Valley Church Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Casino at Jolly Beach Casino 0.6 mi. NNE Antigua
Taino's & Millennium Galleries Art Gallery 0.9 mi. NNE Antigua
Jolly Harbour Golf Course Golf Course 1.1 mi. NNE Antigua

Cities and Towns

The closest town is St. John's, which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the shore, Jolly Harbour is just up the road, maybe three quarters of a mile (one and a quarter kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to encounter a fair number of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Though vacationers will not find very many places to stay in the vicinity, those options closest to Valley Church Beach can be viewed in the list that follows.

Accommodations near Valley Church Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cocobay Resort 0.3 mi. SW Resort
Sugar Ridge Resort Limited 0.3 mi. E Hotel
Cocos 0.5 mi. SW Hotel
Jolly Beach Resort & Spa 0.6 mi. NNE Resort
Tranquility Bay 0.8 mi. N Hotel


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. Rafters is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean cuisine. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's only a short distance away.

A few nearby dining options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Valley Church Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Rafters (508) 506-1006 Caribbean -- 0.3 mi. SW
Sheer Rocks (268) 562-4510 Caribbean, Mediterranean -- 0.3 mi. SW
Carmichael's (268) 562-7700 ext. 329 Caribbean -- 0.3 mi. E
Bocciolo Italian Restaurant (268) 462-0061 Italian -- 0.6 mi. NNE
Hemispheres International Restaurant (268) 462-0061 International -- 0.6 mi. NNE
Lydia's Caribbean Seafood Restaurant (268) 462-0061 Caribbean -- 0.6 mi. NNE
Ustav Indian Cuisine (268) 462-0061 Indian -- 0.6 mi. NNE
Dennis Cocktail Beach Bar & Restaurant (268) 728-5086 -- -- 0.6 mi. SW
Sugar Club Restaurant (268) 484-3702 International Informal 0.6 mi. ENE
Melini's Ristorante (268) 562-4173 Italian -- 0.7 mi. NE
The Crow's Nest (268) 562-2637 International Very Casual 0.8 mi. NE
Al Porto (268) 562-7848 Italian -- 0.8 mi. NNE

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them in Antigua will have lots of options besides Valley Church Beach.

Another option worth considering is Coco Beach, located only a short distance away.

Perhaps Valley Church Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, Antigua offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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