Carlisle Bay Beach

Where is Carlisle Bay Beach

WHERE IS CARLISLE BAY LOCATED?

Located on Antigua’s southern coast, Carlisle Bay is about 40 minutes from the Antigua airport. It is situated in the Old Road area-a quiet countryside known for its beautiful scenery and lush landscapes.

HOW CAN THE BEACH BE ACCESSED?

Old Road leads onto Valley Road, getting you out and about to Ffryes Beach, the capital of Saint John’s and lively Jolly Harbour in a straightforward, hassle-free route. Dotted with creeks and rocky promontories, this unspoilt bay nevertheless has port facilities for easy anchorage. 

For any further information on getting around and what to see and do whilst you’re in the area, as well as any assistance or advice you might need in making bookings, Relocate Antigua’s team of experts in the know are on hand to help – simply drop us a line, and we’ll help curate your perfect stay. 

In the meantime, here’s a map of Carlisle Bay Antigua to get you dreaming:

LETS GET STARTED

If it’s peace, quiet and a desert island oasis within striking distance of all the facilities and amenities for turning your stay into an unforgettable experience, Carlisle Beach is where you need to be. Pull up a beach chair and settle back under the shade cast by the palm trees. Carlisle Bay Antigua is nestled on the island’s southern shore, in what might just be Antigua’s most untouched region. 

Carlisle Bay Beach is the number-one choice in Antigua for visitors on the lookout for a raw, unadulterated desert island experience. 

Zero crowds, unbelievable views, nothing but the sound of the gently lapping waves and turquoise waters stretching as far as the eye can see. Come to Carlisle Bay Beach for a taste of authentic Caribbean tranquillity you won’t find anywhere else. 

Relocate Antigua talks you through everything you need to know about this little slice of Caribbean paradise on Earth.

About the beach

Food and drink

Despite its understated, low-key atmosphere and off-the-beaten-track vibe, Carlisle Bay Beach isn’t lacking for places to wine, dine and make merry. From upmarket restaurants to casual bars, Relocate Antigua has put together a rough guide to restaurants near Carlisle Bay Antigua – with a bar or two thrown in for good measure!

Most of the food and drink options here are concentrated around the Carlisle Bay resort, imbued with the house’s signature pared-back elegance. 

Indigo on the Beach

Sweeping full-length bay windows gazing out over the white sand and turquoise waves, pristine white tablecloths and service with a smile. Indigo on the Beach at the Carlisle Bay resort offers a juice bar, a mouth-watering selection of breakfast dishes and
Californian-style dinner menus that give pride of place to fresh vegetables and beautifully prepared meat.

Bookings required for dinner, which is easy enough to do via the website or by calling Relocate Antigua for any assistance you might require.

The Jetty Grill

The resort’s Jetty Grill is an adults-only open-air restaurant that puts you right on the surf’s edge. Expect fresh-caught seafood and grill classics for an al fresco dining experience to soak up as you watch the sun set.

Jacqui O’s Beach House

Introducing the unparalleled queen of beach shacks! Jacqui O’s is where locals and visitors alike come to kick back and hang loose. Located a little further up the coast near Ffryes Beach, a ten-minute taxi ride will you get you to this shot of uncut Caribbean flavour. Settle back for lunch on the beach or sip at one of the house’s signature cocktails.

As well as cool Caribbean beats to get you in the mood, this chilled beach joint also spares a thought for parents, with a ready supply of yummy goodies and toys to keep kids amused.

Pavilion

Wooden shutters to keep out the midday sun, as the fragrant smells of the rainforest carry on the breeze…

The Pavilion Bar at the Carlisle Bay resort is designed in neutral, natural shades evocative of the beautiful wilderness that lies just within reach.

Perfect for pre-dinner drinks or a lunchtime cool-down, this is a place where time seems to slow down, with lighting and plush armchairs that get you feeling right at home.

 

Gina’s Cook Shop

Last but far from least, wander
further up Old Road to Gina’s Cook Shop, a sweet little hut selling authentic, home-cooked Antiguan dishes, barbecued goodness and fresh produce. Stop off at Morris Cove Beach on your way there or back for a lovely day out.

 

Activities

Carlilse-Bay-beach-activities

Carlisle Bay Beach is unquestionably the place to go for recharging your batteries and unwinding in an authentic atmosphere. Far from the hustle and bustle of some of Antigua’s busier beaches, bays and resorts, you’ll find plenty here to do to keep you occupied – provided your priority is indulging in a little me-time and reconnecting with what feels good.

A yoga pavilion with private and group classes available, an organic beauty salon and spa, regular well-being retreats and a state-of-the-art fitness centre are all on offer at the resort.

If you’re feeling the need to work off excess and energy and get exploring the island’s gems, the Carlisle Bay also offers a comprehensive selection of water sports options including kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling and paddle-boarding. Horse-riding, scuba-diving, boat tours and zip-line tours can all be organised from the hotel, too. Our  recommendation for the ultimate unmissable activity here? Firepit Fridays set to music. You can thank us later.

Just along Fig Tree Drive, this nature reserve’s rangers are on hand to take visitors on a spectacular hike

through untouched wilderness. Combining a trip to the reserve with a visit of the Fig Tree art gallery is an excellent way of stepping back from the standard beach-led experience and venturing further inland, where a taste of authentic Antigua really comes to life.

Culture vultures won’t want to miss an opportunity to flock to this boutique gallery tucked away in the heart of the rainforest. Splashes of colour in a beautiful, light and airy space where artwork and craft pieces are available to buy – the perfect Antiguan souvenir to take home.

Walk north to the Curtain Bluff resort for an even broader range of things to try, including island excursions and basketball.

Accommodation

CARLISLE BAY HOTEL

The Carlisle Bay luxury resort basks in glorious sunshine right on the beachfront, with dense, tropical forestland beckoning just behind. The 87 suites here feature open-plan sitting rooms and are decorated in the best possible taste, with the emphasis placed on clean, luminous spaces and balcony and bay suites ensuring stunning views around the clock.

The resort boasts a yoga studio and its very own in-house cinema for cosy nights in after a busy day on the beaches and has a handful of themed restaurants specialising in their own brand of world cuisine.

CURTAIN BLUFF

Over at boutique resort Curtain Bluff, the name of the game is a polished Caribbean experience with immaculate
attention to detail. The resort gives out onto two beaches, one labelled ideal for surfing, and the other ideal for lazing, lounging and sun-bathing, complete with concierges on hand to deliver coconut cocktails straight to your lounger. A tennis court and training facility and a high-end spa wrap this immersive experience up with style.

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What To Bring

Contact Relocate Antigua for assistance in getting to and enjoying this beautiful beach. Let us help make your Carlisle Bay experience one to remember!

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