How do you choose which beach to visit on an island that has one for every day of the year? Well, this post is going to make it all a lot easier for you to find the best beaches in Antigua.
Hawksbill bay and the five best beaches in antigua
During our week on this beautiful Caribbean island - through visits with friends, chats with locals in the know, and our own two day road trip - we found some absolute gems; the type of beach postcard Antigua beaches nude we all dream about when planning our holiday. If you want to get out of your hotel or resort and find your own slice of paradise, then any beach on this list should be on your Antigua itinerary.
The four intimate crescent beaches - Hawksbill Bay, Landing Bay, Pinching Bay and Eden Beach - which can be found just down the road from Five Islands Village in the north west of Antigua, definitely fall under this category. The beautiful Landing Bay, just off a public road, poses no problems with access and has parking right by the beach.
However the other three in this pretty chain of beaches are Antigua only accessible by walking through the private resort grounds Hawksbill Resortif you feel like basing yourself hereso you do feel slightly awkward. However, you can feel reassured that passing through the resort is completely legal, and once you have informed security of your plans, you will not be denied entry of course though, do respect the paying residents' privacy and space.
Note that Eden Beach is the only nudist beach in Antigua.
It's a little nicer here than its English namesake; in fact, this spot in the south of the island was one of our absolute favourite Antigua beaches and we wish we could have stayed here a little longer. With the occasional wild goat on the sand, a palm tree lined border and exceptionally clear water, the half moon-shaped Carlisle Bay weds the sense of a rustic undiscovered beach with all the facilities you'd hope for right next to it.
Although the very fancy Carlisle Bay Resort shares this beach, it is very easy for members of the public to access it and enjoy their time on the sand. We asked our rental car lady which was her favourite beach on the island, and she unhesitatingly told us Darkwood. For us, Darkwood's long stretch of perfect white sand and clean clear water, is the most accessible and best set-up beach for visitors looking for a beautiful beach to chill out on for the whole the day, without an attachment to a resort crowd.
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The restaurant owner did tell us that cruise ship groups can turn up on occasion, but we think the beach would still be big enough for everyone! A short walk, and even shorter drive, from Darkwood Beach, you will find the very pretty Turners Beach and Love Beach. We put this little cluster of relatively undeveloped beaches in the island's south-west top of the list for independent travellers in Antigua.
Although the wonderful Coco Bay is attached to the exclusive Coco Bay Resort where one of Andrew's siblings got married many moons agoit is actually easy to access and park. The first section of beach has the majority of resort guests and facilities, so we recommend that you continue up the beach to a quieter section where you can happily lay your towel down out of the way and without feeling awkward.
We had high hopes for Half Moon which is a national parkbut were massively disappointed.
After going out to beat the crowds in the early morning, we found a beach that was covered in seaweed and smelled a little rank. Over a rum punch at the bar in Verandah Resort later that evening however, Kerry-Anne swore to us that we had simply visited in the wrong season May and that Half Moon was without doubt one of the best beaches in Antigua. Given her ability to make the best rum punches ever, we do not doubt Kerry-Anne.
There's a small car park right by the beach.
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Tip Want to taste some of the best food in Antigua? Then take the excellent 'From the Sea' cooking class. An alternative to Coco Bay is the nearby Ffryes, which is a lovely long stretch without as far as we could tell any resorts attached to it. With beach restaurants offering up barbecue meals, pop-up bars keeping the mood going on, and lots of people learning to sail on the water, this was a really nice spot with a chilled-out vibe.
Its tree lined backdrop reminded us both of a few beaches we visited in Costa Rica. There is a large free parking lot right next to the beach.
Tip Given its home to yacht week, Antigua is a fantastic place for anybody to test out their sea legs and charter a sailing boat for the day, with several options leaving English Harbour. They're not cheap, but become ificantly better value if you can get together a group of six - eight people together.
Check out this half-day touror this full-day one. Naturally, they both come with rum included! On our little road trip around the island, this stunning beach was the first we saw - and it takes some beating as the most photogenic viewpoint on the island. The snorkelling is good, the water is divine, and there is plenty space for everyone on this white sand beach.
Parking is available if you drive past the Verandah entrance on your right hand side, and the Pineapple entrance on your left, until you reach the end of the road. During our time in Antigua, we stayed at Verandah Resortwhich is an excellent, peaceful and expansive 'all-inclusive plus'. It has two private beaches on site, which are both very nice, and absolutely deserves its position as one of the best resorts in Antigua.
As it has a of hotels attached to it, we imagine it becomes quite crowded at peak season. It certainly didn't feel as special as the other beaches we visited, but that's because Antigua puts one's standards quite high.
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However, if you like your beaches to have more action, be more commercially developed, fancy a jet-ski, or want to hang out at a bar or two when taking a break from the sun, then this will be a great choice for you. If you like a quieter time on the beach, head to the southern section. We found free parking and access easiest on the small road that le off of Anchorage Road, which takes you towards the beach and Halcyon Resort.
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By using these you are directly supporting Along Dusty Ro to remain an independent travel blog, and to provide you with free content to help you travel more, and travel better. Carlisle Bay It's a little nicer here than its English namesake; in fact, this spot in the south of the island was one of our absolute favourite Antigua beaches and we wish we could have stayed here a little longer.
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Darkwood Beach We asked our rental car lady which was her favourite beach on the island, and she unhesitatingly told us Darkwood. Smart woman. Coco Bay Although the wonderful Coco Bay is attached to the exclusive Coco Bay Resort where one of Andrew's siblings got married many moons agoit is actually easy to access and park.
Half Moon Bay We had high hopes for Half Moon which is a national parkbut were massively disappointed. Ffryes Bay An alternative to Coco Bay is the nearby Ffryes, which is a lovely long stretch without as far as we could tell any resorts attached to it.
Curtain Bluff Beach On our little road trip around the island, this stunning beach was the first we saw - and it takes some beating as the most photogenic viewpoint on the island. Like it?
Antigua nude beach flapping in the breeze at eden beach
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