It's often said that Antigua has one beach for every day of the year, with 365 stretches of sand located along its coastline. But with so much choice, how can you decide which beaches to visit on your holiday in Antigua?
Although all the bays and coves here are beautiful, there are a few that really stand out, so check out my selection of Antigua's top beaches to help you plan your Caribbean holiday.
Dickenson Bay on the north-west coast is a perennial favourite, with its white sand and calm sea certainly being a tempting sight. This is a popular spot for families, as it's safe for children to swim here and there are several places where you can pick up refreshments close to the sand. You can also rent water sports equipment at Dickenson Bay, making it a great all-round beach to visit.
Half Moon Bay
Heading to the south-eastern coast next, we'll take a look at Half Moon Bay. This is the quintessential tropical beach - it's a crescent of white sand fringed by palm trees and lapped by turquoise waters. What's great about this spot is that it's part of a national park, which means it's completely undeveloped, allowing you to experience a truly unspoilt Caribbean paradise.
Back in the north of Antigua, we're heading to the Five Islands peninsula and Deep Bay, a wonderfully sheltered stretch of sand that's great for sunbathing and swimming. You'll often see yachts moored up here and although it's popular with the locals, it rarely gets crowded.
My final suggestion is Darkwood Bay on the west coast of the island. The nearest resort to this beach is Jolly Harbour and it's one of several beautiful bays located on this coastal region. This is a great place to come if you want to do some snorkelling and discover the colourful Caribbean marine life, with vibrant reefs located just offshore. If you do come here for the day, don't leave before the sun goes down because the sunsets on this side of the island are spectacular.
Antigua is a place naturally blessed by the Caribbean Sea, therefore it doesn't really matter what beach you pick, you certainly won't be disappointed. In this magnificent island the words of eminent explorer Jacques Cousteau seem truer than in any other place I have visited:
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
So if you dare to go to Antigua be careful, its spell can last forever.