With 365 beaches, Antigua likes to boast it has a beach for every day of the year. The best beaches for swimming, snorkeling and other popular water activities are on the popular Caribbean side of the island, where the protected waters are warm and much calmer than on the Atlantic side. All of the beaches on Antigua and Barbuda are open to the public, though some of the more remote beaches are difficult to find and access.
Antigua is the largest of the English-speaking Leeward islands at about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide.
With so many beaches, there is one for every taste, but here are a few of the most popular:
- Dickenson Bay and Runaway Bay on developed northwestern coast. These are the most popular beaches and it’s where the action is. Restaurants, bars, beach activities are all nearby.
- Half Moon Bay on the southeast shore is a national park. You will often encounter rough surf here, which makes it popular with surfers.
- Carlisle Beach is on the south coast about 14 miles from St. John’s and home to the Carlisle Bay Resort. This clear-water beach features fine sand and great snorkeling.
- Jabberwock Beach is on the northeastern coast and features a mile-long white sand beach. This is one of the favorite beaches on the island.
- Crab Hill Beach – also known as Turner’s Beach – is on the southwest coast at the village of Crab Hill and is a great beach for relaxing in the sand and soaking up the sun.
- Dutchman’s Bay Beach, on the north shore, is a protected beach with a nice reef. It is also home to Windsurfing Antigua competition.
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