Antigua and Barbuda have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, so that choosing which ones to go to first can prove to be quite a challenge. This is especially true if you are only in the country for a short holiday.
But whether you are a tourist or already acquired your Antigua and Barbuda citizenship, here are the five beaches you should check out first:
1. Dickenson Bay
Antigua’s most popular beach is, without a doubt, Dickenson Bay.
This beach has a wide strip of white sand and calm, clear azure waters which makes it one of the best beaches for families with young kids.
Located in the more developed northwestern coast of Antigua, Dickenson Bay is teeming with hotels, restaurants, beach bars, and water sports rental shops. It is a tourist’s paradise and a great place for locals who want to enjoy a staycation.
Views from the beach are spectacular as well. When you’re here, you will be treated to amazing panoramas of the nearby rolling lush green hills and magnificent sunsets.
Whether you want to relax and enjoy the views, swim or do something more exciting such as jet skiing or parasailing, you can do all these at Dickenson Bay.
2. Half Moon Bay Beach
Half Moon Bay Beach is considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Antigua. Located along the southeast coast of the island, Half Moon Bay Beach is about a five-minute drive from Freetown village.
The beach boasts pink sand and enjoys calm blue waters most of the time. However, the Atlantic surf can sometimes be unpredictable, and even a little rough. Because of this, Half Moon Bay is a favorite destination among windsurfers.
There are already several hotels lining this gorgeous beach. This means you have a number of options to choose from if you want to spend a day or two exploring the beach or simply lazing in your chosen spot.
If you want to visit more than one beach in just one go, head to Hawksbill.
Hawksbill is a five-minute drive from St. John’s. It got its name from its distinctive looking craggy red rocks protruding from the water off the shore.
The first beach in Hawksbill is open to the public so anyone can go here. It has ample parking, and the soft sand and calm waters make it a great destination for all beach lovers.
The next three, however, can only be accessed by entering through or being guests of the Hawksbill Resort.
The most popular of these three beaches is Eden Beach. It is the only clothing optional beach on the island and boasts fine white sand, tall palm trees, and clear azure waters.
4. Low Bay Beach
Barbuda has its fair share of amazing beaches, too.
First on the list is Low Bay Beach.
Low Bay Beach is located on the west edge of the island. It has a picturesque coastline which isn’t jam-packed with tourists. Its soft, pink sand which extends for miles and the calm blue Caribbean waters make it one of the most stunning beaches in both Antigua and Barbuda.
The beach is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. You can also simply lie down on the sand and soak up the sun, and everything else this incredible beach has to offer.
Low Bay Beach also features a number of nearby hotels and cottages available for guests who want to stay there for a night or two. There are also several restaurants offering the best in Caribbean cuisine. Their dishes are not only Instagram-worthy but truly tasty and satisfying as well.
5. Princess Diana Beach
Formerly known as Coco Point Beach, the Princess Diana Beach was the favorite haunt of and renamed after the late Princess of Wales in 2011 to commemorate what should have been her 50th birthday.
The beach has fine, soft pink sand. The water’s sparkling blue hue is truly one-of-a-kind, and the clear, calm waters make it ideal for swimming and snorkeling as well.
Although the island where the Princess Diana Beach is located was damaged severely by Hurricane Irma and has not yet been completely rehabilitated, the beach is still worth visiting at least once. There are a couple of tour operators shuttling interested tourists and locals to and from the island every day.
Once you arrive in Antigua and Barbuda for your holiday, retirement, or business venture, make sure you take time out to explore and get some much needed R&R in these beautiful beaches first.
Kaline Kennard is the co-founder of Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean. Based in the Caribbean for the past 15 years, she is an experienced professional who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.