Lorded over by the ruins of Fort Barrington, this curvy little – and often deserted – bay is backed by a large salt pond and has a beach with gray-yellow sand and calm, protected turquoise waters. The coral-encrusted Andes wreck, a cargo boat from Trinidad that sank in the middle of the bay some 100 years ago, is just a short swim away and great for snorkeling.

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1. Fort Barrington

0.22 MILES

Fort Barrington was built by the British in 1779 atop Goat Hill to protect the entrance to St John's Harbour from French attack. Those who tackle the…

2. Galley Bay

0.68 MILES

Just past Five Islands Village, this sugary beach is backed by palm trees and gets both surfing waves and serene waters perfect for swimming, all wrapped…

3. Fort James

1.47 MILES

Fort James, a small stronghold at the north side of St John’s Harbour, dates back to 1706, but most of what you see today was built in 1739. Still…

4. Hawksbill Bay

1.53 MILES

Named for a landmark rock formation, this bay has a string of four blissful beaches that are rarely crowded. The turnoff for the first one is before you…

5. Runaway Bay

2.37 MILES

If you're keen on escaping the all-inclusive crowds at busy Dickenson Bay, head south beyond a small bluff to Runaway Bay, where the beach is just as…

6. 39ers Public Square

2.63 MILES

Created in 2016, this car-free square is dominated by a boat-shaped red-granite monument that honors Sir Vere Cornwall Bird and the other men and women…

7. Museum of Antigua & Barbuda

2.74 MILES

In a stately 1750 courthouse, this modest museum traces the history of Antigua from its geological origins to its political independence in 1981. The…

8. Monument to Sir Vere Cornwall Bird

2.79 MILES

This colorful monument on a little triangular plaza near the public market honors the man who became independent Antigua and Barbuda's first prime…