Perhaps you’ve heard the term “an embarrassment of riches.” Well, if you were to look it up in the Uncommon Caribbean Dictionary™, it would emphatically state “See Antigua beaches!”
Mo’ Antigua Beaches. Mo’ Problems.
A lot is often made of Antigua’s 365 beaches, but it’s only once you set out to wriggle your toes in as many as possible during a short visit (as Steve and I recently did back in May) that you quickly realize this is a fool’s errand. The problem is that not only are there an astounding abundance of Antigua beaches, but trying to see them all is complicated by the fact that each beach is so stunning that once you’re on one, it’s nearly impossible to leave to check out another.
Sure, it was a tall order to visit as many as possible, but we were determined to see how last year’s hurricane season had impacted these world-famous strips of sand. Would they be devastated? Eroded? Mere shadows of their former glory?
Well, you be the judge…
Let’s start at Long Bay Beach, in the northeast of Antigua:
Not bad, eh?
You’d probably just like to spread out a towel, crack open an ice-cold Wadadli, and plant yourself on these brilliantly white sands for the rest of the day, right? Well, you could do that, but then you might miss these stunning southern Antigua shores:
Think you can keep going to the southwest corner of the island?
This is getting unbearable, right? But we’re not even close to done!
Let’s keep going to Ffreyes Bay, Little Ffreyes, Valley Church Beach, and Jolly Harbour Beach!
No Antigua beaches adventure would be complete without stopping at one of my favorite beaches in the whole Caribbean:
And while we’re out in the Five Islands area, how about a quick detour to Antigua’s one and only clothing optional shore:
Ahh, blissfully empty. You might be surprised by how often this out-of-the-way beach is unpopulated.
Can’t stop now! Let’s head through St. John’s and out toward Fort James for a drink at BeachLimerZ steps from the sands of:
OK, let’s finish this loop strong!
All of these photos were taken in May 2018. So, how were the beaches affected by last year’s hurricane season? From the looks of it, not at all!
Of course, we skipped whole swaths of the island’s coast, but we were still pretty wiped out by the end of our Antigua beaches adventure.
How many of these beaches have you visited yourself? How many do you think you could manage after your first stop?
As I said, “an embarrassment of riches;” one I can’t wait to visit again!
And that’s even before we hopped a short ferry to explore this!!
Here we go again…