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 in the outer region of St. John's, a mile northwest of downtown, Fort James Beach is on the North West coast of Antigua. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. The beaches in Antigua aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, however, Fort James Beach is tamer than most, which makes it an excellent attraction for those of you who'd prefer to stay out of the busiest areas.

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 concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Fortunately, umbrellas and chairs will be available for visitors hoping for a break from the hot sun.

Fort James Beach with its available comforts are found inside a popular area that can get crowded. Unless you do not mind crowds, it's a decent idea to make plans against other visitors, such as having your beach visit earlier when it is a little cooler. If you arrive later, you possibly run the risk of all those comforts being too crowded for you to use.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Fort James Beach is on the North West coast of Antigua. It is close to 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 the attractions in the vicinity.

Museums and beaches may seem an odd combination to some, but at least a few travelers find that museums like The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda (one of the closest to Fort James Beach) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new way to view Antigua's traditions and culture.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, you'll find the closest ones 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 very close to St. John's, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Guests visiting Fort James Beach who are seeking some additional excitement might want to think about checking out St. John's, which is close-by and is an active, busy area.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how packed the nearby hotels are. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it can appeal to guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Though there aren't many places to stay within driving distance, the ones found nearest to the water have been listed in the following table.

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


A trip to the beach isn't complete until you enjoy a meal at a local restaurant, where you can dive into Antigua's specialty dishes, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the closest places to eat is Russell's. This restaurant features Caribbean cuisine. They also specialize in seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's only a short distance away.

The following table lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

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 several beautiful beaches, and Fort James Beach is just one option.

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

Another location you may want to try is St. Johns Harbor South, located a mile away.

There's plenty to see and do in Antigua, and Fort James Beach offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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