Sailing the Finest Beaches in Antigua

24th Apr 2018

If you’re thinking of a Caribbean getaway this year, make sure you’ve considered Antigua for some beautiful coastal sailing. Dotted with 365 idyllic beaches, you’ll never be far from an alluring stop off with soft sands, clear waters and coves to explore. We’ve selected our favorite beaches in Antigua to help you plan an itinerary…

Pinching Bay
Close to Five Islands Harbour, this beach is only accessible by boat. It’s a rare undeveloped beach where you can snorkel in peace and quiet. Just remember to pack a picnic as there aren’t any restaurants or cafes.

Half Moon Bay
Antigua is known for its pink sand and this beach has it in abundance. It’s quieter here and known for good swimming, although also popular with the windsurfing crowd. Don’t forget to try the lobster at the Beach Bum Bar.

Ffrye’s Bay
Get a good spot early, before the the cruise crowd gets dropped off. Enjoy a tasty BBQ lunch, spot hummingbirds in the trees and, if you are feeling energetic, kayak down the coast to Darkwood beach and enjoy the sunset. Darkwood is also a great place to visit on its own with fantastic snorkeling and a small restaurant serving lobster and burgers.

Deep Bay
Don’t miss the famous 100-year old shipwreck in the bay, which is a popular snorkeling spot. Nearby is Fort Barrington, built in 1780, if you fancy stretching your legs on land. It’s well worth the hike with great views. Keep a look out for turtles.

Carlisle Bay
This is a sun trap for those who love to sunbathe and it’s truly beautiful with a backdrop of rainforest and mountains. Don’t forget your kayak so you can gently paddle and explore the mangroves.

Green Island
If you want to snorkel then head to this uninhabited private isle for undeveloped bliss. You’ll see turtles, a rainbow of tropical fish and you may even be able to buy lobster and coconuts from locals so you can prepare your own BBQ feast.

Learn more
Take a look at our Antigua bareboat fleet, or get in touch with our team. Email us at or give us a call at 855.650.8902.