Located in the Leeward Islands in the West Indies, is Antigua - an island known for its white sandy beaches, and crystal clear ocean. Tourist flock to the island throughout the year as an escape from city life, and indulge in the laid-back island lifestyle.
Whether you’re wanting to spend your days catching a tan, building sandcastles with your children or splashing around in the waves, the beaches of Antigua will make it hard for anyone to return home after visiting them. Here are our five favourite beaches on the island:
Pigeon Point Beach
Located on the south coast of Antigua, at the mouth of Falmouth Harbour, Pigeon Beach is popular amongst both locals and tourists. It's perfect for families traveling with young children as the water is calm and shallow. The beach is uncrowded and peaceful during the week, and there is also plenty of shaded area under the sea grape trees which is ideal for a picnic lunch. This beach is accessible by public taxi, and has one or two restaurants and bars close by.
Half Moon Bay
On the east coast of the island is the reef protected beach called Half Moon Bay. The secluded beach is often deserted because of its location - a 45 minute drive from St John’s - but is totally worth the drive.
If you looking for a quiet, uncrowded beach, with amazing crystal clear water dotted with coral reef, then Half Moon Bay is for you. Pack your own snorkel gear and snacks as there is only one bar close by to the beach which is usually closed.
The most popular beaches amongst tourist is Dickenson Bay. This mile long, west-facing beach is lined with resorts and hotels, and bars and restaurants including Coconut Grove, and Ana’s on the Beach. Accessible via public transport (bus and taxi), the beach is very popular and a hub of activity with jet skis to rent, glass-bottom boat tours, and banana boat rides. With so much to do, this beach is perfect for the entire family, honeymooners, or even a solo traveler.
On the south-west corner of the island is a cluster of beaches that are undeveloped with little to none hotels and activities. One of these beaches are Darkwood Beach which is the perfect place to escape the crowds, except for a few cruise ship passengers. Head to the beach in the late afternoon and stay to catch the beautiful sunset at one of the three bars on the beach.
Located in a huge bay lined with palm trees is Jolly Beach. With a mile-long stretch of white sand and cool, blue waters, this beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Not as crowded as Dickenson Bay with both hotels, bars and restaurants, and people due to the lack of public transport to it, you can find a quiet spot in the shade to spend the day easily. The beach also has plenty of activities including kayaking, and scuba diving.