Antigua and Barbuda is one of the most popular groups of islands in the Caribbean, mainly due to the wonderful beaches. All Antigua beaches are open to the public. The locals like to brag that Antigua has 365 beaches, so you can enjoy one beach everyday of the year! One special quality the beaches of Antigua and Barbuda share is a pink salmon color. The contrast of the turquoise blue waters washing over this pink sand is breathtaking. One of the fun things to do in the Caribbean is diving and snorkeling, so make sure you bring a mask and fins!
Antigua beaches are more accessible, better developed and have several Antigua beach resorts nearby for a more active, overall experience. For the truly adventurous, the completely undeveloped and deserted beaches of Barbuda are the way to go.
For the Antigua beach resort experience, try the beaches
on the northwest coast.
Dickenson Bay is a haven for boaters and water sports
enthusiasts, it's also the location of the Sandals
Antigua Beach Resort and the Rex Halcyon Cove Resort.
Runaway Bay is another hotspot with the tourists, where you can find some Caribbean nightlife. At night you can find the nearby bar and a few patrons might go for a swim in the nearby ocean before the night is through! This beach has other Antigua beach resorts like the Barrymore Beach Club and the Sunset Cove Resort.
Another resort beach is Jolly Beach. There are
many restaurants; water sports rentals and some shopping.
There is even a golf course at the resort, which is another
one of the fun things to do in Antigua. For the
complete vacation experience in Antigua, Jolly Beach is
a great way to go.
There are four crescent beaches in Hawks bill.
Home of another fantastic Antigua beach resort, it also
has one of the few nudist beaches of Antigua and Barbuda.
Jabberwock beach is famous for its mile long white sand beach. It"s a fun place to swim in the surf and like many other Antigua and Barbuda beaches; it's a great place for snorkeling,
Fort Bay Beach is a popular destination with the cruise
ship customers, as it's only a 5 minute drive from
the cruise dock in St. Johns.
You can find people playing volleyball and cricket here
on the weekends!
Darkwood Beach is another one of the more popular and crowded Antigua beaches due to the nice breeze and excellent snorkeling
Galley Bay on the northwest coast is another beautiful Antigua beach where, if lucky, you might see a sea turtle hatching from its egg, as the turtles sometimes like to use this beach to nest.
For the more adventurous traveler, try the southwest
and southern coastal areas.
Many of the beaches will require a trip over rocky road
to reach, but are less populated than the resort beaches
on the northern coast.
Crab Hill Beach is a good place to lie in the sun because
it is cooled by summer trade winds on the southeast shore
of Antigua. Turner"s Beach is another beach perfect
for browning in the sun as the trade winds here off a
Another on of the secluded and unspoiled Antigua beaches is Carlisle Beach, in the South. It has some good snorkeling where you can find clusters of colorful fish.
For a family style beach, try the southeastern area of Half Moon Bay, now a National Park. It's on of the more photographed Antigua beaches due to its picturesque views.
On the west coast is Fryes Beach, which boasts powder
white sand and great views of Montserrat on clear days.
Like most of the beaches of Antigua, it"s ideal for snorkeling.
For the true adventurer, Barbuda is worth a trip. It's accessible by air or boat, from Antigua. It's undeveloped, so most of the beaches are deserted. A nature island, it's also home to a bird sanctuary. Most of the beaches have no facilities so make sure you bring towels and bottled water. A great place for diving Barbuda has many sunken ships off its beautiful beaches.
Whatever your need for paradise you are sure to find it on the beaches of Antigua and Barbuda.