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The four secluded Hawksbill beaches – Royal Palm Beach, Sea Grape Beach, Honeymoon Cove and Eden Beach – are technically on the property of the Hawksbill by Rex Resorts, an adults-only resort, but they're open for all tourists to enjoy. You'll want to visit Hawksbill if you're looking for more peace and quiet than Dickenson Bay can offer or calmer waves than you'll find at Half Moon Bay.

There's ample free parking at the hotel and it's just a short walk down to the four Hawksbill beaches; you'll know you're in the right spot when you see the peculiar shaped rock jutting from the water. It's this formation that gives the bay its name. 

Its natural beauty lures most visitors, but take note that this is a prime location for honeymooners and more mature vacationers, and families with young children might want to stay away. Eden Beach, the most secluded from the resort, is clothing optional. Recent visitors all praise the gorgeous beaches and chill vibe, noting that the area is more low-key than other beaches on the island. The area is located about a 20-minute drive west of the cruise port.

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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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