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Antigua and Barbuda / Beach bars

By Deana Bellamy

Antigua is not lacking in places to chill out and enjoy its beach life, and some of the more popular and better known spots include the following:

Pepperz 'n' Lime, formerly The Beach, Dickenson Bay - A stylish and popular beach bar/bistro/lounge at the heart of the action on Dickenson Bay, open for lunch and dinner. Menu features is a fusion of Mexican and Caribbean cuisine. Also popular night spot with DJ and live music several nights a week.

Bumpkins, Pigeon Point Beach - A covered terrace set back from a fine white beach with good swimming and snorkelling. Simple Caribbean lunch menu includes grilled fish, ribs, lobster, burgers and chicken. Great spot for cocktails. Lunch only. Normally closes after sunset.

Catherine’s Café Plage, Pigeon Beach - French cuisine and fresh seafood in a delightful beachfront setting. The popular cafe moved from Nelson’s Dockyard to the new location on Pigeon Beach in 2013. A purpose built, open sided beach house features a lofty dining area, lounge and bar, and extends out to a wooden deck to one side. Sun loungers on the beach are for patrons use only. Open daily for lunch and tapas until 6pm, and on Wednesday and Friday nights for dinner. Live jazz Wednesday nights. Closed Tuesdays. 

Darkwood Beach Bar, Darkwood Beach - Very easy-going bar overlooking the sand from a simple wooden shed. Excellent stopover for watching the sunset.

Miller’s by the Sea, Fort James Beach - A well established beach bar and restaurant with beach chairs and parasols giving onto a lovely stretch of sand. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a popular happy hour. Live calypso or jazz music most evenings. Gets very busy during the winter season, especially on days when it attracts a cruise ship crowd.

OJ’s Beach Bar & Restaurant, Turner's/Crab Hill Beach - Classic sunset-facing West Indian waterfront setting with simple tables set on sand under a tin roof and decorated with fishing bric-a-brac. OJ’s is run by Oliver and Angie Joseph who serve a simple menu of grilled lobster, fish, shrimp, chicken, steaks and burgers – the grilled red snapper and lobster salads is a favourite with regulars. Mellow music. Great chill out spot far from the madding crown. An upstairs covered deck called The Tittle Lounge opens daily from 10am-10pm.

Turner's Beach Bar, Johnson’s Point -  A very popular bar with covered dining area behind a white picket fence looking out onto a glorious deep stretch of powder-white sand. Full facilities, beach chairs, sun shades, watersports and souvenir stalls. Can get very busy with cruise ship passengers who are dropped off for the day. Open for breakfast lunch and sometimes into the evening.

Pink Sand Beach Bar, Barbuda – Set on a beautiful pink sand beach with fabulous views out to sea. A perfect place to chill on one of the beach chairs or sun-loungers. It also serves fresh seafood, but if you want to eat, it’s best to ring ahead.

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  1. Visit Nelson's Dockyard, the oldest functioning naval facility in the world
  2. Party at Shirley Heights Lookout on Sunday at sunset followed by barbecue and live music
  3. Stay at the spectacular Jumby Bay
  4. Hop over to Barbuda for stunning beaches and excellent birdwatching
  5. Race a yacht to nearby Montserrat for the day

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