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beaches in antigua- private/public and other questions

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beaches in antigua- private/public and other questions

Hi all we are looking at booking a package to halcyon cove at rex all inclusive- but as a family we like to get out and explore a bit of where we go, is car hire a good way to get about, or are there areas we should avoid. Would be better exploring bus. We also like to find other beaches, is that allowed or are most owned by private resorts. Can we walk along the beach at halycon past the sandals resort or do we have to stop and stay in the halycon rex part. If the beaches are owned are there public ones to go and visit on day trips.

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1. Re: beaches in antigua- private/public and other questions

We stayed at the Rex 8 years ago and are returning in August. You can walk along the whole stretch of beach at Dickinson Bay. When we were there we hired a car and drove around the island, stopping at lots of different beaches to have a stroll and a swim.

On our 2 visits to the island we have always found it very safe and easy to drive although we did stumble across a couple of areas around St Johns that we were quite keen to get away from!

We will probably explore the island by hire car but also by taxi as we love spending the day with one of the friendly locals listening to their wealth of knowledge about their home.

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2. Re: beaches in antigua- private/public and other questions

Hi fragileuk

All the beaches in Antigua are public property, so anyone can use all of them. Some hotels will try and fence their beach off, but you can still approach by boat, or just turn up and say you are going to use their beach!

Have never used the bus in Antigua, but it seems that there is not much of a timetable, so it could take a while to get around. Car hire is easy, although not particularly cheap, and well worth doing.

Try Darkwood Beach, Half Moon Bay, Turners Beach, and lots more. Also, do go to Shirley Heights on Sunday afternoon/evening!

Have a great trip.

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3. Re: beaches in antigua- private/public and other questions

I just got back. Rent a car. Go drive some of the island. Check out the beautiful beaches and meet the people. I couldn't imagine just staying in a resort here.

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4. Re: beaches in antigua- private/public and other questions

We were just at Dickenson last week on a cruise. You can walk the entire beach, in fact we pretty much did!! We walked all the way down past Coconuts, so there is plenty of space to move around.

Having spent an entire week in Antigua a couple of years ago, I would never, ever, do it again w/o renting a car. Hated having to rely on cabs to get everywhere. We spent a fortune on cabs and did not see nearly as much as we would have if we would have had a car. Now that hubby learned how to drive on the other side of the road - in STT and St John, but of which are very hilly and curvy, we will always rent a car when visiting the islands for an extended stay.

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5. Re: beaches in antigua- private/public and other questions

I think doing an AI in Antigua is a mistake. AI's are generally cheaper as are flights in Cancun, DR, Jamaica. Antigua is a great country for roaming...stopping...checking out local jaunts...and finding a beach with noone on it....

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6. Re: beaches in antigua- private/public and other questions

Depending on the size and ages of your family and if cost would not be a big issue, one way to see all the beaches and stop at four of them for a nice swim and more, including swimming with the sting rays, would be to go on the Circumnavigation tour with Eli. It took a whole day to go around the island on an off-shore boat with a lunch included. We did it on our visit over two years ago never regret doing it. What a great experience and opportunity to see and learn about this wonderful island.

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