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Located in northwest Antigua in St. John's parish, Dickenson Bay is considered the premier beach of the island's 365 stretches of shoreline. That's because Dickenson offers a little for every type of beachgoer. Do you like lying in the warm sand? Check. Have you always wanted to go on a glass-bottom boat tour? Check. Maybe you like watersports to get the adrenalin pumping? Check Dickenson has it. On some days, you'll even find a few dolphins swimming alongside you in the crystal clear water.

Dickenson Bay is one of the more accessible Antiguan beaches. The beach is only a 15 minute drive from the cruise port and there's a nearby taxi stand if you're not staying in one of the area hotels. Plenty of umbrellas and beach chairs are available to rent. The beach's convenient location attracts a lot of families; trek one mile south to Runaway Bay if you want more peace and quiet or consider a beachside stroll. "The 2 or 3 kilometer stretch of beach makes for nice walking, especially to the right as there is a large stretch of undeveloped beach up to the cliffs," one TripAdvisor reviewer said. 

Local vendors set up kiosks for a little light souvenir shopping, and there are also a handful of moderately priced shops and eateries in the area.

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#1 Nelson's Dockyard National Park If you only break from the beach for one day, head to the beautifully restored English Harbour where you'll find Nelson's Dockyard National Park. The naval dockyard was ... Read more » Caitlinator / Flickr

#2 Shirley Heights Wear some comfortable shoes and make the hike from English Harbour in Nelson's Dockyard National Park to the summit of Shirley Heights. On a clear day, the panorama (located ... Read more » Z dead / Flickr

#3 Devil's Bridge Millions of years of reef formation amount to this: The Devil's Bridge. The natural limestone arch located in eastern Antigua, near Indian Town, has sustained the crash of ocean ... Read more » Z dead / Flickr

#4 Hawksbill Beaches The four secluded Hawksbill beaches Royal Palm Beach, Sea Grape Beach, Honeymoon Cove and Eden Beachare technically on the property of the Hawksbill by Rex Resorts, but they're ... Read more » V.J. Matthew / Shutterstock

#5 Dickenson Bay Located in northwest Antigua in St. John's parish, Dickenson Bay is considered the premier beach of the island's 365 stretches of shoreline. That's because Dickenson offers a ... Read more » Squish_E / Flickr

#6 Valley Church Beach Just south of Jolly Harbour on the island's west coast, you'll find the serene waters and soft sand of Valley Church. The natural beauty of the palm tree-lined ... Read more » Lindasj22 / Shutterstock.com

#7 St. John's Saturday Morning Market Many head straight from the cruise ship dock to Antigua's Heritage Quay or Redcliffe Quay duty-free shopping centers, but insiders know where the real deals are: The Saturday Morning ... Read more » Geoff Howes / Antigua & Barbuda Tourist Office

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Devil's Bridge picture in Antigua
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Galley Bay Beach picture in Antigua
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One of the most accessible and active beaches on Antigua, Dickenson Bay has something for everyone. Its location only 15 minutes from the cruise port makes Dickenson Bay a popular beach with chairs and umbrellas available to rent. Squish_E / Flickr

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Arrive early at this busy market where Antiguan vendors sell a wide variety of items. Come prepared to barter for souvenirs, fruits and vegetables, and tropical flowers. Geoff Howes / Antigua & Barbuda Tourist Office

This beach's turquoise blue water boasts some of the island's best surfing waves, which can make it a rough spot for swimmers. When nighttime rolls around, plan an outing to Galley Bay to watch turtles nest on the beach.  Geoff Howes / Antigua & Barbuda Tourist Office

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