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Top Beaches in Antigua and Barbuda

Top Beaches in Antigua and Barbuda

In Antigua and Barbuda, life revolves around the beach. That’s hardly surprising given how many there are: Antigua is said to have 365 beaches—one for each day of the year. Here are our picks of the best beaches in Antigua and Barbuda.

Valley Church Bay

Pretty and palm-lined with sugar-white sands, this Antiguan beach is the stuff of Caribbean postcards. Warm, shallow waters make it perfect for swimming. 

Ffryes Beach

Ffryes Beach’s relatively remote location on the southwest of Antigua means it is rarely crowded. A relaxing, laid-back atmosphere pervades. 

Darkwood Beach

Just a 5-minute drive from Jolly Harbor, Darkwood Beach offers some of the brightest sand and bluest seas on Antigua. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Montserrat from here. 

Galleon Beach

Though it’s just a 5-minute drive from bustling Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbor, Galleon Beach is blissfully quiet. With calm shallow waters, it’s particularly good for snorkeling. Schools of tropical fish, as well as sea anemone, coral, and even turtles, can be seen here. 

Half Moon Bay

This crescent-shaped curve of sand on Antigua’s east coast is ideal for water sports. Waves at this beach can be five to six feet on a good day, so you’ll likely see some bodyboarders, surfers, and windsurfers taking advantage of the swell.

Dick­en­son Bay

About a 10-minute drive from Fort James at St. John’s, this mile-long stretch of golden sand is backed by hotels and beach bars. Its soft sand and calm blue waters attract a crowd, making it prime people-watching territory. 

Pigeon Point Beach

Located just five minutes from English Harbor, Pigeon Point is a favorite spot for both locals and tourists, with crowds flocking here to take advantage of its pristine sands, gentle waves, and snorkeling opportunities. 

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Antigua Round Island Tour

Antigua Round Island Tour

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Tour the island of Antigua from one end to the other on this 3.5-hour exploration of all the area’s major landmarks. Join your guide as you check out major Antigua historical sites including English Harbor, Blockhouse Ruins, Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, Shirley Heights and the location for most the island’s yachting and sailing competitions. This overview of Antigua’s top attractions also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel or cruise ship, plus all entrance fees.
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Cades Reef Snorkel Cruise from St. John's Antigua

Cades Reef Snorkel Cruise from St. John's Antigua

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Explore the amazing marine life and crystal-clear waters of Antigua at Cades Reef, considered one of the island’s top snorkel sites, on this 6-hour cruise. This 2-mile (3.2km) long reef is home to a wealth of sea creatures, including barracudas, moray eels and colorful coral. Explore the warm 80-degree Fahrenheit (26 C) waters before climbing back on your boat for a tasty lunch and an exploration of a nearby beach. Your snorkel excursion also includes all necessary equipment and round-trip transportation from select hotels.
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