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Key Info

Jolly Harbour

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Beaches, Free Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.2scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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 beach is a pleasant contrast to the buzz from the nearby casino and restaurants. And since locals use the spot for casual boating and fishing, you'll avoid too many tourists competing for the chairs and umbrellas available for rent. Despite the calmness, the water is not very clear; snorkelling is better saved for other beaches like those at Hawksbill or Galley Bay.

Local vendors stroll along the shore and personal watercraft are available for rent, but most visitors agree that this beach is best for lounging. According to one TripAdvisor reviewer, "This is an ideal beach for families with small children and everybody who uses the beach for relaxation more than for action."

The beach bar at Valley Church serves tropical drinks and cooks up local Antiguan fare. And with restrooms, changing rooms and showers available to the public, Valley Church makes for an easy day trip when venturing from other parts of the island. 

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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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