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“Lovely beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Dickenson Bay

Dickenson Bay
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US$23.63*
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Runaway Beach Day in Antigua
Ranked #14 of 117 things to do in Antigua
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Lovely beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

Visited this beach as part of an organised trip whilst on a cruise holiday . The beach has glorious soft white sand and fantastic turquoise blue water . Sunbeds and parasols are available for hire as are jet skis . The beach was life guard protected and also had toilets present . Snacks and drinks available from the beach bar at a reasonable cost , coconuts also being sold by a vendor at a cost of 5 US dollars .

Visited March 2014
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“Vibrant, Techni-color Beach Environment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

The soft, powdery sand beach at Dickensen Bay is flanked by unbelievable greenish-blue seas that merge with an unobstructed horizon of azure blue skies.When you first walk onto the beach and see the ocean you are just awestruck by the colors.The bay is protected by protruding land masses on either end. This beach, on the northwest side of Antigua, is very long, about a mile, with a white sandy beachfront lined with palms and leafty trees. The beach is quite wide,100 ft. or so, and has a few resorts such as the Sandals and Halcyon, in the middle area. This beach is supposedly the most popular beach in Antigua, as it is conveniently close to St. John and the cruiseboat terminal. It is a short 15 minute cab ride for $4 each, and they will set a time to pick you up.We arrived here on a cruiseship, on Monday, March 17, 2014 and the beach didn't get too uncomfortably crowded.The laid back atmosphere here,with only a few hawkers on the beach, where the locals are very friendly, has a safe feel to it. The public beach area that the cabs bring you to, is patrolled by enterprising vendors, and is between two larger resort areas. You can get an umbrella and two reclining chairs for $20 and if you pull a few extra dollars out you will get a larger umbrella.The cold bucket of beers seemed reasonable but I think the drinks were expensive. Be sure to get the vendor to set your umbrella in the sand closer to the beach, as they will put more in front of your view if you don't. Here you can just put a towel down in the soft sand to sit on and they may ask you to move but the beaches in Antigua are public and you can set down wherever you want. The trick is to get to Dickensen as quick as you can in the morning off the ship to get set up in your own ideal spot on this beautiful beach. The beach tapers off slowly into the water and you can wade quite far out before submerging totally in the warm, fairly calm waters of Dickensen Bay where there seems to be a nice constant breeze, The vivid,brilliant, technicolor vibe on this beach, 1 of 365 beaches or 1 beach for every day of the year on Antigua, with the sounds, sights and smells of a typical Caribbean flavor, is truly enjoyable. Colorful umbrellas, bright clad tourists,multi-colored sails,speed boats, jet skiis and yellow catamarans, all add to the palette of colors on the beach. There are water sport rentals, several restaurants, souvenier shops, resorts and beach bars in the middle area of Dickensen Bay where most of the tourists congregate. This is a great beach for a long walk in both directions. The walk to the right, as you face the water, takes you to a deserted beach area near the limestone coral cliffs where you can sit and watch the rollers washing ashore , pelicans dive for fish or sailboats on the horizon. The green, forested slopes above make you feel the natural beauty where you are alone with nature as few people seem to go to this end. The walk to the other end of the beach is also deserted for the last quarter mile where you may see a few horses and riders on the beach. This end is also so peaceful and tranquil with unending views of the tourquoise seas, sailboats,pelicans and seabirds. I admire Dickensen Bay beach, as you can have the best of both worlds, the lively action of a crowded beach or the peace and beauty of the natural world environment. Some times we target a beach day for action and other times we target one for seclusion.This was a geat beach to spend 4 or 5 hours relaxing and watching the beach scene unfolding in a colorful surrounding in paradise where we swam in the gentle blue-green surf. The Caribbean flavor of music, vibrant colors,soft white sand, blue-green seas and local culture, made this beach a special place to just relax and enjoy life,and I hightly recommend coming here to spend a few fantastic, memorable hours with vivid photo ops.to cherish the experience.

Visited March 2014
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22 Thank Grizeagle
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“Best beach in Antigua”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

The best beach in Antigua if you have active children in our opinion. We would recommend you stay in a hotel near it, and maybe try one of the catamaran day trips around the island - very worthwhile!

There are beach vendors but they're not too problematic.

Visited June 2013
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4 Thank 1974A
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The Villages, Florida
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265 reviews
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“Beautiful Beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

Each time we go to Antigua we head to a different beach. Dickinson is a short taxi ride from the center of town and the drivers will come back to get you.( We've been there twice already.) Share a taxi with someone to cut costs. The water is the beautiful azure blue and there are water sports if you are so inclined. People are selling wares on the beach but are not so annoying. It's a nice wide beach so it you want more privacy you can have it to a degree.The sand is soft and beautiful and you can walk a ways along the beach past the Sandals resort. There is a restaurant the juts out into the water offering lunch but I don't know if it's just for the resort guests There are, however, other places to get drinks and food. There are small huts selling beach sarongs, island crafts and swim coverups. You can rent chairs and umbrellas but on our windy- day visit the umbrella kept turning inside out and the vendor never switched it for us.

Visited March 2014
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5 Thank Katherine G
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Joplin, Missouri
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31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excursion to Dickenson Bay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014

My wife and I took an excursion to Dickenson Bay because we heard the beach there was super. It was! We had a peaceful and relaxed day of just sunning and swimming in the gentle surf. The sand was clean and white, and the water was clear and unmarred by pollutants. The gentle breezes ruffled our rental umbrella ocassionally; but that was the only irritant during the whole outing. There were a few vendors, but they were courteous and not at all annoying. The overall experience was quite pleasant!

Visited March 2014
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3 Thank Anthony R
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