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Looking for a safe beach vacation away from the big crowds? Take advantage of the low-cost airfare and adventure to Jolly Harbour, Antigua. Incredibly enough, Antigua has zero reported active Covid-19 cases, employs social distancing practices, and is one of the safest places to enjoy a beach vacation. Here are some of the best spots to explore on a beach getaway to Antigua:
A Safe Beach Getaway
With 365 beaches in Antigua, all of which are open to the public, there are more places for beachgoers to spread out. While every beach in Antigua has a unique personality, it is difficult to beat Jolly Beach. If you are looking for crystal clear waters and smooth white sand, Jolly Beach is the quintessential Caribbean beach dream. Jolly Beach is a mile long, so there is plenty of space to spread out safely and enjoy the sunset.
Other beaches you have to visit on a trip to Antigua are Half Moon Bay, Dickenson Bay and Galley Bay Beach, where you can often see sea turtles.
Jolly Harbor Private Condo Rental
After a day of sunbathing and relaxing, you will want to enjoy a private and peaceful condo to unwind in (as opposed to a crowded resort). You can find private condos along Jolly Harbor. This luxury waterfront condo overlooks the harbor itself so you can watch the stunning sailboats yachts as they pull into port.
Local Beach Restaurants in Antigua
From Italy to South Africa, Jolly Harbor is home to hundreds of world travelers, each bringing a piece of their culture. One of the best cultural contributions is their food! In Jolly Harbor, you can find restaurants that serve native Antiguan cuisine as well as Italian, Greek, Indian, and American dishes. Some of our favorites are:
- Al Porto | Italian | Two-for-One Pizza Night Tuesdays
- Castaways | World Flavors | Beachside bar service
- The Crow’s Nest | Hamburgers | Harborside Upscale Burgers
- Petal’s Café | Breakfast/Brunch | Relaxed Harborside Breakfast Favorites
Historical Attractions in Antigua
While visiting a new country, it is fascinating to explore the culture and history. There is no better place to do so than Shirley Heights, a restored military lookout and gun battery. Not only does this destination provide a cultural experience, but the ruins of Fort Shirley, perched on the hilltop, also hosts breathtaking scenic views over both English and Falmouth Harbours. Shirley Heights provides a feast for your eyes as well as your stomach at the Barbecue Party that happens every Sunday.
Nearby is the perfectly restored English Harbour, which is also worth a visit. That’s where you find Nelson’s Dockyard, a naval dockyard that was Lord Nelson’s headquarters from 1784 to 1787 and was used by the British fleet during the Napoleonic Wars.
If you are interested in historic homes, don’t miss Clarence House, which was built for King William IV in the 18th century and is a beautiful example of Colonial architecture. On a tour of the house, you can see well-preserved period furniture including a unique wooden bathtub. Note: Clarence House now serves as the residence of the governor-general of Antigua and Barbuda and can only be toured when the governor-general is not around.