Fort James Beach

Fort James Beach has wonderfully white sand and transparent waters. It has a few great nearby restaurants, but it's not overly developed. There's some great views of the water if you walk towards the rockier tip of the cape.

Located on the outskirts of St. John's, a mile northwest of "downtown," Fort James Beach is on the North West edge of Antigua. You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying in the vicinity. Fort James Beach stands out because it's the ideal location for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Many of the other beaches you'll come across in Antigua may be just as refreshing as Fort James Beach, but are usually more cramped because they're lined with some of the most famous hotels and restaurants.

How to Access The Beach

Head West on Fort Road until you get to the coast and then head South towards the cape just a little and you'll be at the best spot to to enjoy Fort Beach. Parking and amenities available.

Amenities and Ambiance

Situated on the West side of a small cape, Fort James Beach has a great expanse of snow white sand for sunbathing, a great nearby restaurant and a rocky cape for stunning ocean views.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Luckily, chairs and umbrellas will be offered here for guests looking for a place to relax in the shade.

Keep in mind that the region in which Fort James Beach is located is a bustling area, which means the availability of certain facilities is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Fort James Beach on the North West coast of Antigua. It is near some interesting sites like Fort James, which is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is one of a number of local attractions.

If you want to combine some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. It's not far from the shores at Fort James Beach, so it would be an easy side trip to take after some time in the sun.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Fort James Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fort James Historical Site 0.2 mi. SSW Antigua
King's Casino Casino 1.3 mi. SE Antigua
ZEMI Art Gallery Art Gallery 1.5 mi. SE Antigua
Gismary Art Gallery Art Gallery 1.5 mi. SE Antigua
The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda Museum 1.5 mi. SE Antigua
Paradise Casino Casino 1.5 mi. SE Antigua
Asot's Arcade Slot Machine Arcade 1.5 mi. SE Antigua
St. John's Cathedral Historical Site 1.5 mi. ESE Antigua
Victoria Park Botanical Garden 1.9 mi. ESE Antigua

Cities and Towns

Guests visiting Fort James Beach who are hoping to find a little additional excitement will want to think about heading over to St. John's, because it's not far away and is a particularly busy area of Antigua.


How many other people you encounter at Fort James Beach will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but you may encounter visitors staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Although travelers will not find very many places to stay withing driving distance, those options closest to Fort James Beach are shown in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Fort James Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Anchorage Inn -- -- Hotel
Heritage Hotel 1.4 mi. SE Hotel
City View Hotel 1.5 mi. ESE Hotel
Serendipity Cottages 1.9 mi. E Cottages


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you won't have to look too far away. One of the closest restaurants is Russell's. The restaurant features Caribbean food. Many guests rave about their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's not far off the beach at all.

The table below lists dining options located near this beach.

Restaurants near Fort James Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Russell's (268) 462-5479 Caribbean -- 0.1 mi. SW
Millers by the Sea (268) 462-9414 Caribbean -- 0.3 mi. NE
Sandhaven (268) 771-6803 Caribbean Very Casual 0.7 mi. NNE
Lobster Shack -- Cajun, Caribbean, Creole, Vegan, Vegetarian Very Casual 1.0 mi. NNE
Conor's Sports Bar (268) 562-7874 Sports bar -- -- --
KFC Fort Road (268) 481-1531 American Very Casual -- --
La Bussola Restaurant (268) 562-1545 Eclectic, Italian Fine Dining 1.2 mi. NNE
Island B-Hive Sports Bar (268) 481-1322 Caribbean Very Casual 1.4 mi. SE
El Taco Loco (268) 562-8226 -- -- 1.4 mi. SE
Table D'Hote (268) 560-3534 -- -- 1.4 mi. SE
Fred's Belgian Waffles & Ice Cream (268) 462-1941 -- -- 1.4 mi. SE
Pizzas in Paradise (268) 480-6979 Italian Informal 1.4 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Antigua has many beaches, and Fort James Beach is just one option.

Another location you might enjoy is Dickenson Bay, situated within a mile or so. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, Soldier Bay West may be just what you're looking for. It's located two and a half miles to the north-northeast.

Vacationers may also want to visit St. Johns Harbor South, located within a short distance.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Antigua, but Fort James Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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