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