Best Caribbean Beaches — Antigua

635751620307165121-ant-207l-curtain-bluff-hotel.jpgLove the Caribbean? What about a beautiful beach? Below you will find an excerpt from a USA Today article chronicling the best beaches in the Caribbean. Here are some must see locations on the island of Antigua.

Dickenson Bay on the north coast is the island’s most popular beach, where a slew of hotels, water sports kiosks and watering holes keep the beach busy even on a cloudy day. To the south, Runaway Bay is a much quieter wide strip of powdery sand and just as nice 635751624207396124-ant-101l-view-from-shirley-heights-of-english-harbour.jpgfor an afternoon siesta or a day with the kids. Busy on the weekends and when a cruise ship is in port, Pigeon Point at Falmouth Harbour is the main attraction on the south coast.  Weekdays are peaceful with just a sprinkling of swimmers from the nearby hotels.  With calm shallow water, the beach is the go-to for local families who stop by on the weekends with picnic baskets and snorkel gear.

On the southwest corner, a trio of sandy stretches — Ffrye’s Bay, Darkwood Beach and 635751638315527429-ant-090l-view-from-bar-at-cocobay.jpgCrab Hill Bay— come with white sand, small hotels and groovy beach bars where liming with the locals is the real deal. Privacy-seekers will have the beach to themselves on weekday afternoons when the cruise shippers are back on the ship, while weekends are lively with locals. Often deserted, Half Moon Bay east of English Harbour is a palm-tree lined spit of smooth sand. Protected from the Atlantic winds by a reef, the 1-mile stretch is popular with windsurfers who head out beyond the reef.

On the sister island of Barbuda (a 15-minute flight to the north), beaches breathe privacy as only a handful of tourists make the trip and the population of locals is small. Long and wide with nary more than seagrape trees and 3 miles of sand, Princess Diana Beach at the southern tip was one of the few places on the planet where she vacationed with the two young princes and wasn’t followed. At the other end of the island near the Barbuda Belle Resort, the 15-mile strand between Cedar Tree Point and Billy Point has no official name and may be the best off-the-beaten-track beach in the Caribbean.


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