Antigua’s West Coast is famous for beautiful beaches, and 3 in particular stand out. Read on to get to know 3 amazing Antigua beaches.
We’ve all heard that Antigua and Barbuda are replete with the kind of Caribbean beaches you see featured in magazines– soft, white sand, gentle waves, and clear water that yields plenty of opportunities for snorkeling. The following Antigua beaches, all located on the island’s West Coast, are the kind that people talk about for days after visiting them. Visit for yourself, and they just might become your favorite beaches ever!
This beach has no shortage of white sand, but there is a shortage of big resorts and hotels (hurray!) We prefer the quiet tranquility of private villas, and there are a few beautiful ones overlooking Darkwood Beach.
This is a great beach for swimming and hanging out with friends or family. There’s even a floating water park for the kids! Local bars sell cocktails at reasonable prices, and umbrellas and beach chairs are available to rent.
Darkwood Beach stands out for its cleanliness and amenities. There are bathrooms on sight, as well as restaurants and even a massage parlor. (Who doesn’t love a good massage on the beach?)
But the real reason why people come back time and again to this beach is because of the spectacular views. In addition, some have even sighted whales swimming close to shore.
TripAdvisor ranks Ffreyes Beach as the number one place to visit in Antigua, for good reason. Once you set foot on the glistening white sand, and behold the endless turquoise sea before you, you won’t want to go anywhere else. The breathtaking views include a glimpse of the nearby island of Montserrat.
As for amenities, there are restaurants and places to rent beach chairs and umbrellas nearby. In addition, despite being world famous, Ffreyes beach is almost never crowded.
As you venture out from the sandy shores and into the sea, you’ll notice that the sandy bottom continues a good way out. You won’t need your water shoes for this one, because there’s no rocky bottom to poke your toes!
Located near Darkwood and Ffreyes, Coco Beach is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. It just might be the “perfect picnic beach” because it has plenty of shallow water that’s great for kids.
The sand there reportedly has a lovely texture and color, and the beach features the characteristic clear blue water of the Caribbean Sea as well. For the majority of the week, the beach is quiet, despite the fact that it’s near the CocoBay Resort. However, it can become a bit crowded on weekends.
Visiting Antigua beaches should be one of the first things to check off your bucket list. Why not start with these 3?
Find luxury accomodations near Darkwood, Ffryes and Coco beaches here.
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