The fine white sandy public beach at Dickenson Bay has a strong vivid Caribbean vibe. The mile or so long beach has several resorts along it's length and the public beach is sandwiched in between several resorts with the larger Sandals Resort to the left and Halcyon Cove Rex Resort to the right. The blue-green tourquoise aqua marine waters are just gorgeous and seem to have gentle calmer seas than a lot of beaches at this time at the end of March. All beaches are public on Antigua but this truly public area on Dickenson Bay where taxis let you off is patrolled by vendors who will set you up with chairs , umbrellas or palapa shade. After taking a 10 or 15 minute taxi ride from the cruise port with 19 of us around 9:00 a.m., for $4 each for one way, we paid $20 for 2 chairs and umbrella shade. The sandy stretch of public beach was absolutely gorgeous with soft, clean, fine white sand and a shallow approach into the awesome colored clean, clear and quite warm waters. The awesome , scenic Caribbean charm with bright, flamboyant colors, from bright yellow catamarans, to rainbow colored sail boards, bright multi-colored umbrellas with colorful lawnchairs on the white sandy beaches that are lapped by aqua-marine tourquoise waves was stunning. There were beautiful pink flowered trees alongside wavering green palms against azure blue skies with grey storm clouds on the horizon that added to the palette of colors on this beach. The yellow and black bananaquits flitted through the lush vegetation over sleeping brown speckalled doves and below soaring magnificant frigatebirds and brown pelicans. This beach has a few vendors selling wares but are not pesky if told no thanks. The beach is quite built up with restaurants, bars and resorts with shade trees further back in the public beach area where you can just sit on a towel if you prefer. Be sure to pull your chair and umbrella closer to the water as they will put umbrellas in front of you if you don't, and again it is important to get there early to set up as it gets busier later in the day from cruise ships. The 2 or 3 kilometer stretch of beach makes for nice walking, especially to the right as there is a large stretch of undeveloped beach up to the cliffs. One can view the layers of shellfish in the layers along the cliffs of the shoreline and see large rocks embedded with shells in the limestone like rocks. A must walk along the palm lined sandy beach with water sports rentals and resorts. The waters out front of the public beach area is busy with water sports action and lively with jet skiis, catamarans, speed boats and tubers being towed in figure eights. The beach bars and restaurants have good food and drinks at regular prices but the village store is near to buy food and drinks at lower prices. All in all the group of 19 of us had a magnificant time on this gorgeous stretch of Caribbean beach on a beautiful island with mind boggling blue tourquoise aqua marine waters. If you can't enjoy a shore day here from a cruise ship you are spoiled with high expectations whereas coming from a cold climate like us from Canada you are mesmerized with the beauty and charm of these Caribbean beaches and take away stunningly vivid colorful memories and photos. I would definately reccomend this gorgeous beach not too far from the cruise port so you can get there fast and enjoy a longer time on the beach. Trust me you will love it.
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