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Jolly Beach, and the Jolly Beach resort, are very nice and didn't seem as crowded as some of the other resort beaches closer to St. John where the ship docks. A 25-30 minute cab ride will get you there, and it is a beautiful resort. Check out their website:


for a look at the place. Great views of Montserrat and its volcano 21 miles away. And you're only another 10-15 minutes from gorgeous English Harbor, if you want to tour the old British Naval facilities of Nelson's Dockyard or climb Shirley Heights for a beautiful island view and pristine Falmouth Bay below.


I have only just been there for the first time, a few weeks ago on the Radiance of the Seas - I wanted to go to English Harbor more than anything, and Jolly Beach is down on the south side of the island close by. I saw almost nobody from our ship at English Harbor and very few at Jolly beach - seemed most of the ship tours and local cabbies were funneling people to other resorts on the north or west side of the island whom they had agreements with.

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ZackieDawg do we have to buy a pass to be allowed to the resort and how much does it cost? Thanks


Most beaches in Antigua are public, despite the presence of many resorts along them. Jolly Beach is also a public access beach, but you have to follow the paths that take you around the resort gates to the south. Once on the beach, you've got about a mile of white sugar sands to walk along, including past the resorts. We went out to the beach, then actually walked into the Jolly beach resort from the rear, and had no trouble looking around...but didn't use any of the resort facilities.


If you wanted to actually use the resort for the day, including reserved chairs, towels, pool, watersports, restaurants, etc, plus nearby casino, I think I recall a $40 pp charge. That charge I think even included a 'courtesy room' to change after a day at the beach.


You might try the 'Antigua' board experts to confirm this - I was there for my first time, and I may have gotten away with something sneaky! Don't want to end up misguiding you.


There are also a few VERY small and uncrowded beaches near Nelson's Dockyards - 5 minutes or less. Pigeon beach had a small restaurant and a nice, uncluttered beach (no chairs...just sand).

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We have been to Antigua many times.We were just there last week.We love Dickerson Bay.Sandals resort is also there.


At the pier we shared a taxi with another couple looking to go to the beach.The cost was $12.00 for the entire taxi.On the way back we shared a van and the cost was $3.00 a person.You can rent chairs and umbrellas if you choose.We just used a towel on the beach.

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