Galley Bay Beach#7 in Best Things To Do in Antigua
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Galley Bay Beach on the northwest coast of the island has some of the best surfing waves in Antigua. Plus, it's a must-see for animal lovers. Sea turtles often leave their eggs here to nest (several times a year, but most frequently in summer). Bring your camera and plan a nighttime visit: You just might see the baby turtles hatch. If daytime is more your thing, get your snorkeling gear ready and grab a glimpse of Galley's underwater wildlife.
The thin beach stretches for nearly one mile adjacent to the Galley Bay Resort & Spa whose cottages are built into the coves of lush green landscape. Galley Bay Beach boasts the iridescent turquoise water you'd expect from Antigua and a soft, clean stretch of sand that recent visitors raved about.
Three of the resort's open-air restaurants reach out to the white sand's edge, not far from the water. Be wary of the strong undertow and rough breaks that can make this beach tough for swimming – for the calmest waters, steer clear of the rock formations off to the sides of the beach. If you're bringing the family, be sure to keep an extra eye on swimming kids.
Visitors who are not guests at the resort are welcome to spend the day at the beach for free, although there is no access to the on-site facilities.
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#1 Shirley Heights
Wear some comfortable shoes and make the hike from Galleon Beach in English Harbour to the summit of Shirley Heights. On a clear day, the panorama (located approximately 492 feet above sea level) affords views of the southern island of Guadeloupe and the active volcano Montserrat, which recent visitors called simply breathtaking.
It's a challenging hike up to the lookout and the Antiguan heat makes early morning the best time to make the trek. If you're not up for the task, you can also hop in a taxi – a recommendation from many past visitors. The popular Shirley Heights Lookout Restaurant & Bar rests at the summit. Come prepared to party on Sundays from 4 to 10 p.m., when local bands perform Caribbean music live, the barbecue is fired up and drinks are flowing. Be prepared for crowds, though. Recent travelers warned that, while worth it for the awe-inspiring sunset views, this party gets packed.
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