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Antigua claims 365 beaches or one for every day of the year, but anyone visiting the island by cruise or staying for a week at a resort just might not have enough time to visit all of them.
That may be why it’s a good idea to concentrate on the ones that matter.
Cruise visitors will dock at St. Johns on the northwest shore of the island and have a choice of the well-developed resort beaches or the more quiet beaches with fewer crowds.
Two quiet beaches lie just north of St. Johns Harbour.
Fort Bay Beach is one of the most convenient to visit via a 10-minute taxi ride from St. Johns. (Don’t forget to ask for the rate before getting into the cab.)
The beach is quiet and moderately developed. Facilities nearby include jet ski rentals.
Another convenient one that lies on the tip between Fort Bay and St. John’s Harbour is Fort James Beach, named after the 17th century British fort that protected the harbor from attack.