The Caribbean coast is very different from the Atlantic coast, marked by long beaches of fine and clear sand with palm trees and crystal-clear water, sheltered bays, beautiful sunsets. This is the coast overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the one with the best beaches in Antigua and Barbuda according to me.
What to see on the West coast: the capital St John's, Jolly Harbour, and Dickenson Bay.
Who's suitable for: those who want to explore several beaches, those who prefer calm seas, families and those who wish to stay near the airport.
Best beaches nearby: Dickenson Bay beach, Deep Bay beach, Galley Bay beach, Hermitage Bay beach, Jolly beach, Valley Church, Coco beach, Ffryes beach, Darkwood beach
Suggested accommodations on the Caribbean side of Antigua and Barbuda:
Blue Waters resort - is a family friendly resort with swimming pools, restaurants and bars. All rooms and suites have a balcony or patio with sea view, the beach is quite small and narrow but with fine and clear sand and the classic blue Caribbean Sea. It's only a 15-minute drive from the airport, so perfect for those who land late and don't want to drive in the dark.
Average score: 9.1
Sandals Grande - is a couples-only, all-inclusive resort located in Dickenson Bay. Sandals has a wide choice of rooms, suites and cottages, some with private pools, others with direct access to the beach, all surrounded by greenery. With restaurant and bar for evening entertainment, gym, tennis court and table tennis, swimming pool, wellness centre and a reserved area on the beach.
Average score: 7.9
Antigua village - is a family friendly resort on Dickenson Bay, composed of mini apartments with kitchens and private balconies or patios. Antigua Village, along with Siboney and Buccaneer Beach Club, are the most affordable residences in the area.
Average score: 8.4
Buccaneer Beach Club - is a family friendly residence located on the beautiful Dickenson Bay, approximately 20 minutes' drive from the airport. Each apartment has its own kitchen and private balcony or patio, with a shared pool and direct exit to the beach. Sunbeds and umbrellas are included in the price, there are several restaurants and beach bars nearby (I've been here!).
Average score: 9.1
Siboney Beach Club - is a family-friendly residence on Dickenson Bay. The apartments are modern and have a kitchen and a private balcony or patio. There is a swimming pool available for residence guests and a beach bar / restaurant, the Salt Plage. Sunbeds and umbrellas are included in the price.
Average score: 8.1