Top 5 Beaches in Antigua for a Luxury Escape

The Caribbean island of Antigua offers laidback luxury for the discerning traveller. Its fantastic cuisine and 365 beaches make it a perennially popular choice for visitors to the West Indies, whether with day tripping superyacht visitors or for those looking to enjoy the peace and romance of a longer stay.

With so many beaches to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start, so here we pick five of the best to ensure that sun worshippers make the most of every moment they spend on the island’s sandy shores.

Valley Church Beach

For the ultimate pristine Caribbean beach, head to the stretch of sand by Valley Church. This is West Indies at its very best – pure white sand, the occasional palm tree for a smidgeon of shade and waves that lap so gently at the shore that they barely make a sound. A small wooden shack provides light refreshments, including cold local beers and some of the best coconut shrimp on the island.

Top Five Beaches in Antigua Valley Church Beach

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Long Bay

Long Bay provides a blissful combination of beautiful sand, rocky outcroppings to clamber on or snorkel around and shallow, crystal clear waters that provide safe swimming for all ages. Colourful fish and the occasional shy sting ray drift through the shallows as the water seems to caress the shore. Be sure to try the pina coladas from the small bar at the far right of the beach, which come with a tang of blended cherry for some fabulous extra flavour.

Top Five Beaches in Antigua Long Bay

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Half Moon Bay

If you’re looking for somewhere a little more natural with waves that provide a bigger splash, Half Moon Bay is the place. Body-boarding and other water sports are popular at this stunning spot, which is also one of the best sites on the island from which to enjoy the spectacular reds, oranges and purples as the sun sets over the ocean.

Top Five Beaches in Antigua Half Moon Bay

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Dickenson Bay

For family-friendly fun, Dickenson Bay provides powder-soft golden sands and plentiful palm trees for shade from the fierce heat of the Caribbean midday sun. A range of activities are available for those who fancy a banana boat ride or glass bottomed boat tour, while those who prefer a lazier day can spend their time reclining on loungers and enjoying a selection of treats from the beach bar.

Top Five Beaches in Antigua Dickenson Bay

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Jolly Beach

With a mile of sand on which to choose a spot, Jolly Beach provides plenty of room for everyone. The azure waters delight the senses, as do the soft white sands. Sailing and activities such as Hobie Cat rental provide a range of entertainment options, while several restaurants and bars in the local area make this the perfect beach on which to relax right up until dinner time.

Top Five Beaches in Antigua Jolly Beach

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Louise Taylor

Louise is a travel writer with a passion for exploring the unknown. She loves visiting new places and has a particular interest in exploring local cuisine wherever she travels. Louise has lived in the UK and Portugal and is currently considering where to base her next adventure. Follow her travels at http://www.movingtoportugal.org/