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 edge of Antigua. You might want whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. A surprisingly wide range of visitors end up loving Valley Church Beach; it's not too far off the beaten path, plus it's rarely crowded. If you prefer to avoid Antigua's quiet, secluded beaches, dut don't want to be overwhelmed by crowds of hotel guests, this beach has the best of bost worlds.

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.

Of course, there is also a restaurant located right on-site. Each destination around the Caribbean has its own style of cuisine, and Antigua is no different. One of the most memorable places to discover local delicacies is right on the water. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Otherwise, street vendors and casual walk-up eateries will have take-out dishes you can bring to the beach.

The concession stand at this spot is also an option.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

Since Valley Church Beach is found inside an area popular among tourist, you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the West coast of Antigua; it's located near attractions like Taino's & Millennium Galleries, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Valley Church Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
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

Valley Church Beach is very close to Jolly Harbour, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. The city of Jolly Harbour is close-by and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the beach, Jolly Harbour isn't far off, maybe three quarters of a mile (one and a quarter kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Valley Church Beach 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 see a fair amount of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Though you will not find very many accommodations nearby, those accommodation options closest to Valley Church Beach can be seen in the table below.

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


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, this beach has you covered, so you won't have to wander too far from the sea. Rafters is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant serves Caribbean food. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's only a short distance away.

Nearby restaurants are shown in the following table.

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
Peter's BBQ Steak House (268) 462-6026 Steak house -- -- --

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches in Antigua besides Valley Church Beach worth visiting.

Travelers may also want to consider Coco Beach, which is located only a short distance away.

Antigua has so much to offer, and Valley Church Beach offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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