THE BEACHES OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
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are 365 beaches on Antigua, one for each day of the year. The great
majority rest inside the calm, protected waters of the island's
Caribbean side. All are open to the public, and so the challenge
posed to a visitor is not how to gain access to the best of them
but simply how to locate the beach that suits one's taste. Exploring
on your own is the best way to do this, although it is wise to
bring a companion along to particularly isolated locations. Antiguans
are understandably reluctant to divulge their own favorites, so
here are a number of good starters. Be sure to acquire specific
directions before you go.
Dickenson Bay and Runaway Bay, located along the island's developed
northwestern coast, are the place to go for those who want the
fully-loaded resort beach experience. The beaches most convenient
to St. John's are Fort James, a locally-popular
public beach, and Deep Bay. Galley Bay attracts surfers during
the winter months and a joggers during the evening. The series
of four crescent beaches at Hawksbill are
also highly regarded, one of which is nudist.
and South Coast:
The beaches of the hilly southwest corner of Antigua are generally
less developed than those around St. John's further north. On the
road that winds along this coast are Fryes Bay, Darkwood Beach,
and the beaches around Johnsons Point. Rendezvous Bay and especially
Doigs Beach, both located on the central southern coast at Rendezvous
Bay, are especially quiet beaches worth the rough travel necessary
to reach them. Pigeon Point, near English
Harbour Town, is a convenient balm after a day at Nelson's
On the southeast corner of the island is Half Moon Bay, now
a National Park and a good choice for a family outing. Long Bay,
on the easternmost point of the island, is another good choice
for families, as it is completely protected by its reef.
Barbuda's smooth coastline is edged with long
pink and white sand beaches protected by barrier reefs. In fact,
the pristine pink beaches of the southwestern shore stretch as
far as ten miles without interruption. The beaches of the island's
eastern shore, facing the Atlantic, are somewhat rougher, although
they are outstanding for beachcombing.
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