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Key Info

Five Islands Village

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Beaches, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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 snorkelling 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 whose cottages are built into the coves of lush green landscape. Three of the resort's open-air restaurants reach out to the white sand's edge, not far from the "iridescent turquoise blue water you want from Antigua," as one TripAdvisor reviewer described it. Be wary of the strong undertoe 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.

Galley Beach has the iridescent turquoise blue water you want from Antigua and soft clean beach. 

Visitors who are not guests at the resort are welcome to spend the day at the beaches, although there is no access to the onsite facilities. 

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#1 Nelson's Dockyard

If you only break from the beach for one day, head to the beautifully restored English Harbour, where you'll find Nelson's Dockyard. The naval dockyard was once the home of the British fleet during the Napoleonic Wars, and served as the headquarters of Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson from 1784 to 1787.

You probably can't hit all the dockyard's attractions in one visit, but you can enjoy a fair few if you plan ahead. The park's official website lists all there is to see and do, including special events, but here's a quick summary: There are plenty of restaurants, cafés and shops; the Dockyard Museum, where Nelson's telescope and tea caddy are on display; and Dow's Hill Interpretation Center, where visitors can watch a 15-minute presentation on the history and culture of the island. Other Dockyard activities include sightseeing along the marina, relaxing at the nearby beach, or taking a trip up to Shirley Heights.

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