Whether you prefer your beaches with pink sands or white, rustic or refined, the Twin Islands of Antigua and Barbuda have you covered. With coastlines ranging from remote and wildly undiscovered to world-famous and easily accessible, there's no shortage of diversity in the beaches of this Caribbean nation. Plus, the mixture of island settings, ranging from secluded and remote to exclusive and private, has everything even the most discerning sun-worshipper could ask for in a tropical vacation.
There's a reason Antigua is known as the Land of 365 Beaches, after all. And though there may be one beach for every day of the year, unfortunately, our vacation time isn't as plentiful in comparison. Indeed, with so many options, choosing which beaches to frequent, or even visit, during your trip can be daunting. To that end, we've simplified the matter by compiling a list of the most spectacular beaches to visit during your next Antigua vacation. So, read on for our guide to the 10 best beaches to visit in Antigua and Barbuda, and get ready to start planning your next trip.
Half Moon Bay Beach
Half Moon Bay is world-famous for being one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with a 3,200-foot white-sand crescent of shoreline. Located a 30-minute drive from English Harbour, the scenery will be well worth the drive, however, as you arrive at the gorgeous crescent coast, its white-sand beach surrounded by cliffs. For an all-natural spa treatment, visitors should head to the lower cliffs and use the all-natural ingredients of your surroundings to indulge in an Antiguan mud-bath. Exfoliating and (ultimately) refreshing, once you rinse off in the Caribbean Sea.
Carlisle Bay Beach
While Half Moon Bay may have all the worldwide recognition, Carlisle Bay is decidedly lesser-known—and its discreet yet devout patrons would prefer to keep it that way. Carlisle Bay Beach is a haven of sophistication and seclusion on the southern coast of Antigua, tucked amidst a tropical rainforest and overlooking the Caribbean Sea. We suggest booking a room at Carlisle Bay Resort to fully appreciate the elegant amenities (and inviting chaise lounges) offered beachside. But even if you're not a guest of the hotel, you can schedule a dinner reservation at Indigo on the Beach and enjoy an evening spent watching the sunset in perfect seaside luxury.
Low Bay Beach
Low Bay Beach is equally relaxing, though decidedly more rustic. Located on the Twin Island of Barbuda (which is far less populated than Antigua), Low Bay and its surrounding natural beauty have remained wilder and more pristine. Spend a day sunbathing upon the pink sand coastline, and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Hermitage Bay Beach
Hermitage Bay Beach is hard to find (located at the most western end of the island) and even harder to access (a four-wheel-drive is highly recommended). But the journey is well worth it to witness one of the most pristine shorelines in all of the Twin Islands--yes, we're including the gloriously untouched coasts of Barbuda in this assessment as well. Stretching over 1,250 feet, Hermitage Bay Beach is located right at the end of Jennings Village, roughly 1.5 miles before you arrive at Jolly Harbour (a haven for jetskiing.) Hermitage Bay, on the other hand, is ideal for swimming. One visit to this tropical paradise will make you never want to leave those turquoise waters.
Though you may not have visited Barbuda's pink-sand beaches, the vivid colors will surely be recognizable to you, as the two-toned ocean landscape, consisting of pastel pink and turquoise, has been shared seemingly everywhere. Notably, however, most of Barbuda's beaches are white-sand, which makes the candy-colored shades of Palm Beach all the more alluring for the beach-worshipping traveler. It is, in short, nirvana.
Jumby Bay Beach
From one island to another: Jumby Bay is equally secluded as Low Bay, though the ambiance varies quite a bit. Hop on a catamaran to Jumby Bay Island, a 300-acre private island surrounded by white sand beaches. The west-facing Jumby Bay Beach will be your gorgeous port of arrival upon the island, though travelers should also visit Pasture Bay Beach, a wilder, more secluded stretch of shoreline that is the nesting place for Hawksbill turtles. Enjoy the slower pace of life on this laid-back island, which is devoid of cars and other anxiety-inducing markers of modern life, yet still boasts an exclusive resort offering five-star service. The ultimate in luxury is a place where you can enjoy the island vibes of the destination without sacrificing quality and (world-class) comfort.
This white sand beach on Antigua's northeast coast is famous amongst locals and visitors alike, with picturesque palm trees providing some much-needed shade and a smattering of picnic tables just waiting to be used for a weekend barbeque. But it's not just leisure-seeking sunbathers that call Jabberwock their coastline of choice. The beach is also a favorite amongst kite-boarders, kite-surfers, and wind-surfers—pretty much, any activity that requires pretty steady wind conditions. The top kite-boarders in the world call Antigua home, and we recommend you find out why with a lesson from Kitesurf Antigua while visiting this mile-long stretch of paradise.
Pigeon Point Beach
Located on the southeast coast of the island, Pigeon Point Beach is perfect for visitors staying near the marina, as it is walking distance from the town of English Harbour. Aside from the gorgeous coastline, there's also an ideal selection of dining options flanking either end of the beach. Head to Bumpkins Bar for a Pina Colada, or check out Catherine's Cafe for a sunset meal overlooking the water. The beach is popular with locals and visitors alike and is a reliably popular destination for snorkeling as well.
Dickenson Bay Beach
Situated on the northeast coast of the island of Antigua, Dickenson Bay Beach is a very happening spot. Whether you're interested in frequenting bars, restaurants, hotels, or water-sports facilities, Dickenson Bay has you covered. Plus, it comes ready-made with an Instagram shot next to the red telephone booth. What more could a socially active and social media-aware traveler want at the beach? Well, aside from the gorgeously clear water and luxuriously soft sand that is readily available at Dickenson Bay Beach, as well as nearly every other on the Twin Islands, of course.
Located on the southern end of the island is Ffreyes Beach, which is immediately distinguishable from other beaches in Antigua by the expansiveness of its shores. The soft white-sand coastline is undisturbed by the presence of hotels or resorts, making for a peaceful environment. This secluded environment only enhances the charms of Dennis Beach Bar & Restaurant, a local beachside institution. Plus, when the skies are blue, and the clouds are clear (which is a typical day in the Caribbean), sunbathers can see across to Montserrat, a neighboring island to the southeast of Antigua.