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The Beaches

The Beaches of Antigua and Barbuda

There are 365 beaches on Antigua, one for each day of the year. The great majority rest inside the calm, protected waters of the island's Caribbean side. All are open to the public, and so the challenge posed to a visitor is not how to gain access to the best of them but simply how to locate the beach that suits one's taste. Exploring on your own is the best way to do this, although it is wise to bring a companion along to particularly isolated locations. Antiguans are understandably reluctant to divulge their own favorites, so here are a number of good starters. Be sure to acquire specific directions before you go.


Northwest Coast:
Dickenson Bay and Runaway Bay, located along the island's developed northwestern coast, are the place to go for those who want the fully-loaded resort beach experience. The beaches most convenient to St. John's are Fort James, a locally-popular public beach, and Deep Bay. Galley Bay attracts surfers during the winter months and a joggers during the evening. The series of four crescent beaches at Hawksbill are also highly regarded, one of which is nudist.

Southwest and South Coast:
The beaches of the hilly southwest corner of Antigua are generally less developed than those around St. John's further north. On the road that winds along this coast are Fryes Bay, Darkwood Beach, and the beaches around Johnsons Point. Rendezvous Bay and especially Doigs Beach, both located on the central southern coast at Rendezvous Bay, are especially quiet beaches worth the rough travel necessary to reach them. Pigeon Point, near English Harbour Town, is a convenient balm after a day at Nelson's Dockyard.

East Coast:
On the southeast corner of the island is Half Moon Bay, now a National Park and a good choice for a family outing. Long Bay, on the easternmost point of the island, is another good choice for families, as it is completely protected by its reef.



Land Activities, Water Activities, Excursions Cricket,

Jolly Dive Center Day Cruises

Hiking and Birdwatching

West Coast Tours, Antigua Ltd, Antigua Adventures, Eli's Eco Tours

Tennis, Boating, Tropical Adventures, Golfing, Diving and Snorkeling

Antigua Seafaris, Hunting

Antigua Scuba Center, South Coast Horizon
Eco-Fantasies, Riding, Fishing, Sailing Cruises

Bike, Kayaking, Caribbean Helicopters

Cheke's Scooter & Car Rental

Swim with the Stingrays

Prickly Pear Island Excursion

Big O Rent A Car, Island Speedboats, Estate Safari Tour or Classic Jeep Tour

Seasports Ltd. Exotic Destination Day Charters 

Capt. Nash Sailing Cruises, Zip Line Canopy Tour, Wind surfing, Scenic Tours

Antigua  Jabberwocky Yacht Charter 

"Overdraft" Deep Sea Fishing Charter 

Deep Sea Fishing, Horizon Yacht Charters 

Miramar Sailing, Ondeck Group 

Sailing Antigua -Classic yacht sailing tours 

Sunsail Club Colonna
Sunsail Yacht Charters 

Nicholson Yacht


It is a ten-day festival of colorful costumes, beauty pageants, talent shows, and especially good music. The festivities, which celebrates emancipation, are exciting and extensive, ranging from the Party Monarch and Calypso Monarch competitions of Calypsonians, the Panorama steel band competition, and the spectacular Parade of Bands to the Miss Antigua Pageant and the Caribbean Queen's Competition. In addition to these major events, the nonstop revelry of this eleven-day carnival includes innumerable smaller festivities, including local concerts, food fairs, parades, and cultural shows.

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