The beautiful twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda are famous for their 365 beaches – one for each day of the year. Dotted across these beaches is a host of unique and authentic beach bars where holiday-makers can sample authentic Caribbean food and drink while enjoying the beach life and stunning views by day, and cocktails and music as the sun sets.
The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority has launched the ‘Beach Bar Trail’ to help show visitors some of the best spots on the islands. From foodie gems to romantic hotspots, party bars to hidden hangouts that only the locals know about, the map is designed to encourage visitors to Antigua and Barbuda to explore the island – hopping from bar to bar and soaking up the best of Antiguan hospitality along the way. The map highlights the island’s main hotels so that visitors can seek out the most easily accessible beach bars for them.
These bars are some of the best places to sample authentic local cuisine – from West Indian specialities such as conch fritters at Turners and curry goat at Dennis’, to seasonal produce from local farmers at the stylish Jacqui O’s.
But it’s not just about food and drink. These beach bars also give visitors the chance to soak up the local culture and see a different side of Antigua. Ana’s on Dickenson Bay exhibits works from local artists; guests at Miller’s could be invited to join a game of beach volleyball with the locals; and on Fridays Castaways on South Beach comes alive with live bands and local DJs for its weekly BBQ Bonfire Beach Party. For a more relaxed experience, over on the pink sands of Barbuda Uncle Roddy gives a warm welcome (and serves delicious lobster) at his eponymous beach bar which is wholly run by solar power.
Families are also well-catered for at Antigua’s beach bars, with everything from water sports at Sneaky Pete’s, crazy golf and jungle gym at Putter’s, to special kids’ menus at Bumpkin’s.
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