Darkwood Beach
Darkwood Beach
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An excellent beach for snorkelling and beachcombing.
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  • Dan G
    286 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An aqua marine beach with additional facilities
    This beach has powder white sand and benefits from the picture postcard carabiner waters. The snorkelling is ok if you head to the left of the beach. There is a very good bar and the staff are incredibly helpful. Sun loungers and umbrellas are available $5 US per bed and $10 US for the brolley.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 August 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Beach with Beautiful Sunset Views
    Darkwood Beach is one of the finest beaches on Antigua. Soft powdery sand and a long gradual drop off into the clear, warm water making it feel more like being in a heated pool than the ocean. As a result, it is also one of the most popular beaches to visit. Beware if there are multiple cruise ships in port and I have read that it can get quite busy on the weekend with locals. However, we got there at noon when it was already quite busy, but we were able to get 2 loungers and an umbrella in the second row of loungers from the water. Cost was standard US$20. Nice beach bar available with food and drink. Snorkeling at the far northern portion of the beach was only fair and is not the main reason to visit this beach. The best part of our visit was later in the afternoon when the beach became essentially deserted after all the cruise passengers left. There was only about 8-10 people including us on the beach and we decided to stay until sunset which the beach is known for, and it was indeed beautiful. Having a beer in hand and watching the sun sinking into the ocean combined with the distant views of the island of Montserat which can easily be seen on a clear day was pretty magical.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • Han G
    Toronto, Canada502 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Darkwood beach, Antigua beautiful beach
    We've been to Antigua several times, from the cruise ship port we walked to the bus station and took a local bus to Darkwood Beach, it took about 20 minutes or you can take a taxi and this is one of the best sandy beaches in Antigua, not crowded and the snorkeling was fabulous. You can rent an umbrella and 2 loungers for USD 15-20 and there is a local restaurant. Recommended.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 January 2024
  • Tornado
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach, clear water, AMAZING
    The taxi to the beach was $20 round trip (per person), and it took around 25mins to get there. The beach is beyond AMAZING, the water is clear and amazing for swimming, there is a bar and a restaurant so food and drinks are at reasonable prices. There are jetskis and beach umbrellas and chairs. All in all great location, not crowded and amazing to get a tan or go swimming.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 January 2024
  • Maria S
    63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Caribbean beach
    A beautiful and natural beach along the lovely Fig Tree drive . Getting here is half the fun and a great opportunity to see some of the islands green landscape and wonderful local cafes and beach bars. The beach itself is spotless and the ocean crystal clear. It does line a road but don’t be out off as the road is a quiet coastal route and tree lined . There’s a couple a decent beach bars and sun beds/ shades you can hire . If you love a proper Caribbean beach, look no further .
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 February 2024
  • Eric C
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Beach and service.
    Took a cab/van from the port. 10 dollars per person (one way). Great beach with chairs, food and drinks. You can walk 5 min to another couple bars also. Prices were fair with. Edgar drink around 7 dollars. Food 12-18 for sandwiches.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 March 2024
  • Michael N
    Warwick, Rhode Island38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Beach In All Of Antigua
    First time in Antigua so we didn't know what to expect. Knowing there are 365 beaches on Antigua, we finally narrowed our choice down to 2 beaches, Darkwood and Fryes Beach. Ultimately, we chose Darkwood Beach because of it's high ratings and great reviews and we absolutely, positively chose, the best beach, in our opinion, in Antigua. The sand felt like you were walking on baby powder, the water, beautiful shades of blue and turquoise and not a spec of seaweed to be found. There were a few locals walking the beach, selling their goods, but they were very polite and never pressured you. Beach chairs, umbrellas, bathrooms, food and drink are all available on Darkwood Beach at reasonable prices. All in all,, we give this beach 5 stars as it has now become our #1 beach destination for the future!!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 April 2024
  • Love2travel21_8
    Dallas, Texas22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great choice for a beach day
    Great large, uncrowded beach. Bar with shower, toilets, OK food. From cruise port taxi $10/ person each way 30 minutes; rented 2 chair/umbrella $25; a couple other vendors, including a massage hut. Snorkeling was just ok. Might try Crabbe Hill beach (neighboring beach) next time (some water sports, etc.)
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 April 2024
  • Darlz
    42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most beautiful beach
    We went here for 2 days and Mario took care of us! He was awesome!! This beach is absolutely gorgeous. Food was good and drinks were good. I highly recommend coming to this beach. It was 15 minutes from our hotel. It was a dream!! Best water and best sand!!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 June 2024
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Han G
Toronto, Canada502 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We've been to Antigua several times, from the cruise ship port we walked to the bus station and took a local bus to Darkwood Beach, it took about 20 minutes or you can take a taxi and this is one of the best sandy beaches in Antigua, not crowded and the snorkeling was fabulous. You can rent an umbrella and 2 loungers for USD 15-20 and there is a local restaurant. Recommended.
Written 1 January 2024
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Ron M
Bearsted, UK323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We were staying on the Atlantic side but wanted to experience a real Caribbean beach and dark wood did not disappoint.
Apparently gets really busy at weekends but we visited on a Friday and it was deserted.
The water is absolutely amazing and we really didn’t want to get out .
We payed $20 for a fixed umbrella and two loungers from the restaurant there.
Menu there was pretty good and not badly priced.
Tevin was a nice lad and was friendly , cocktails $7 and small beers $4
Food was ok but nothing special but the wait time was quite long which was fine .
Definitely recommend the experience at dark wood and worth a visit
Written 1 October 2022
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Expat_Foodie_007
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Darkwood was the first beach I visited when I arrived on the island 5 months ago. If I had rated it then, I would probably have rated it 4 instead of 3, but since then I have travelled around the island and discovered so many beaches that are even better. Darkwood beach bar serves food and reasonably priced drinks. Only thing to watch out for with this beach is that if you rent a beach shade and sunbeds for the day and want to grab a bite across the road at Carvella's excellent roadside restaurant, then you may have to rent them again for the afternoon, as the owner of the sunbeds believes that unoccupied sunbeds can be rented again to someone else... even if you had left a towel hanging under the shade... you live and learn.
Written 26 February 2022
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Andrew C
Uckfield, UK3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We though we'd take the children to DarkwoodBay as was told there was an inflatable playground in the sea..They enjoyed this although i slashed open my foot on one of the climing ropes...We positioned ourselves under one of the permanent umbrellas but was surrounded by smokers...and it was really crowded..also jet skis go too fast close to the beach where u are trying to swim.If you want idyllic Antigua then go elsewhere..its not here and the restaurant was very average..Half Moon Bay is so much nicer
Written 22 March 2020
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worldtraveler
Coronado, CA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Besides the immediate company I experienced this beach with, the beach is beautiful and a perfect place to swim, lay out, snorkel and there is a little restaurant/bar if you get hungry or thirsty. Wind is blocked on that side of the island. Some days were a little crowded for spurts of time while cruise ship people had a few hours to burn. I will go back again but this time leave the bad seed dude behind.
Written 2 June 2020
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JSchill
Johns Creek, GA130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Recommended as a nice beach near the cruise port. Plenty of taxis to take you on a less than :20 drive over to the Caribbean side of the island with calmer seas. Sand was soft with very few rocks or coral. Some shells but not a lot. 2 beach chairs w/umbrella and a bucket of ice cold beers for $35. Mario, one of the beach attendants, was very attentive and had a menu of “beach bites”. Fries were great. Beach restaurant had a lot of customers who commented on a great fish sandwich. We were there @4 hours and the area was never crowded. Great beach, friendly folks. Enjoy
Written 18 February 2023
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Tornado
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The taxi to the beach was $20 round trip (per person), and it took around 25mins to get there. The beach is beyond AMAZING, the water is clear and amazing for swimming, there is a bar and a restaurant so food and drinks are at reasonable prices. There are jetskis and beach umbrellas and chairs. All in all great location, not crowded and amazing to get a tan or go swimming.
Written 18 January 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Darkwood Beach is one of the finest beaches on Antigua. Soft powdery sand and a long gradual drop off into the clear, warm water making it feel more like being in a heated pool than the ocean. As a result, it is also one of the most popular beaches to visit. Beware if there are multiple cruise ships in port and I have read that it can get quite busy on the weekend with locals. However, we got there at noon when it was already quite busy, but we were able to get 2 loungers and an umbrella in the second row of loungers from the water. Cost was standard US$20. Nice beach bar available with food and drink. Snorkeling at the far northern portion of the beach was only fair and is not the main reason to visit this beach. The best part of our visit was later in the afternoon when the beach became essentially deserted after all the cruise passengers left. There was only about 8-10 people including us on the beach and we decided to stay until sunset which the beach is known for, and it was indeed beautiful. Having a beer in hand and watching the sun sinking into the ocean combined with the distant views of the island of Montserat which can easily be seen on a clear day was pretty magical.
Written 29 September 2023
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Cory
Medina, OH272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The water is absolutely amazing! The views is amazing. We just swung by to visit the beach and didn’t it spend the entire day there, but loved it.

A few things to consider. Be VERY careful with leaving a tip or any transaction here. They charged me double on the tip. I was going to make a big deal about it but decided to leave it alone and let it serve as a lesson (I lost $5us).

The shade tents cost $10 to rent and the chairs are $5. They also have other things there to rent.
Written 26 June 2023
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Love2travel21_8
Dallas, TX22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Great large, uncrowded beach. Bar with shower, toilets, OK food. From cruise port taxi $10/ person each way 30 minutes; rented 2 chair/umbrella $25; a couple other vendors, including a massage hut. Snorkeling was just ok. Might try Crabbe Hill beach (neighboring beach) next time (some water sports, etc.)
Written 21 April 2024
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