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 the downtown area, Fort James Beach is on the North West edge of Antigua. You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity. Many of the beaches in Antigua are quiet and secluded, but the ambiance at Fort James Beach is one of both seclusion and activity; this means you can relax without sacrificing a fun and social atmosphere.

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.

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

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Luckily, umbrellas and chairs are offered at this beach for guests looking for a break from the hot sun.

Fort James Beach and its choice of amenities and services can be found within a hot tourist destination. If you seek to avoid the crowds, it will be a good cause to think ahead and beat the crowds, perhaps heading to the beach first thing in the morning. Otherwise, it's possible you may not be able to take advantage of the amenities that Fort James Beach has to offer.

What's Nearby


Fort James Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North West coast of Antigua. It's located near Fort James, which is seen a few hundred yards away, and it is among the attractions close-by.

If you want to mix a little culture with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, one of the closest museums, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

If you can't wait to see as many of Antigua's attractions as possible, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

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

Fort James Beach is close to St. John's, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Fort James Beach tourists hoping to find other opportunities for exploration might want to consider checking out St. John's, because it's in the vicinity and is a particularly bustling part of Antigua.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how packed the nearby hotels are. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but you may meet guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

Though beach-goers will not find very many hotels in the region, those accommodation options closest to the beach are shown in the list 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 you start craving an afternoon snack, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so you won't have to wander too far from the sea. One of the closest restaurants is Russell's. This restaurant serves Caribbean food. They are also known for their seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to 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

Of course, Fort James Beach is just one of many beaches you might like in Antigua.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Dickenson Bay, found just a short distance away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might like Soldier Bay West. You'll find it two and a half miles to the north-northeast.

Vacationers may also want to visit St. Johns Harbor South, which is located within a couple of miles.

Antigua has a lot to offer its visitors, but Fort James Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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