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A guide to the best beaches of Antigua

A twin-island country, idyllic Antigua and Barbuda have 365 pristine beaches between them, one for every day of the year. With powdery, white sand and clear, warm water, you'll find most of Antigua's on the protected Caribbean coast, lined with tropical vegetation. Whether you're seeking untouched, secluded bays or lively stretches of sand dotted with beach bars, Antigua holidays offer a piece of paradise waiting just for you.

Dickenson Bay

Sitting on the north-western coast of the island is Dickenson Bay, a one and a half kilometre long stretch of white sand and tranquil, sapphire sea. With hotels standing shoulder to shoulder, this popular beach offers plenty of activities from banana boat rides to glass-bottom boat trips and some excellent snorkelling opportunities.

Restaurants, shops and beach bars abound the coastline and sunloungers and umbrellas are readily available on the sugar fine sand. With its great amenities, shallow water and pristine sand, Dickenson Bay is a top spot for families, especially those with younger children.

Half Moon Bay

Completely protected from the Atlantic by its reef, Half Moon Bay, on the south-eastern corner of the island, boasts a lovely curve of light pink and white sand. Relax under the shade of a palm tree with views of rich, green rolling hills and the sound of the waves lapping the shore.

Although not undiscovered, there are certainly fewer crowds here and, if you walk the length of the beach, you'll find some nice secluded spots. While there are no facilities directly on the beach, there is delicious beach food and mobile vendors will do their best to keep you hydrated, all within walking distance of the sand.

Jolly Beach

Over on the west coast sits this favoured stretch of white sand. Backed by palm trees, Jolly Beach is one of the most beautiful on the island and you'll find some of the largest All Inclusive resorts here. Having been extensively developed there are a wealth of watersports on offer, plenty of restaurants and a handful of independent beach bars.

Rent a kayak or pedalo and relax on the open water, or head to the dive centre and get stuck into the magical underwater world on your cheap holidays to Antigua. Sunloungers are a given and you'll find plenty to hire under the shade of an umbrella or perfectly placed palm.