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Runaway Beach

northwest coast, Antigua
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Ranked #28 of 68 Attractions in Antigua
Type: Beaches
Traveler Description: Runaway Beach is one of the less busy beaches within a very short distance of St Johns and is easily accessed by taxi. It's a good length for walking... more »
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Elmwood Park, New Jersey
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77 reviews 77 reviews
28 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We arrived here from the our cruise ship.It was about a 10 to 15 minute drive and we were surprised how busy the beach was.It is located along the coastline where Sandal's is situated.The water is crystal clear and the beach is clean.There are water activities but the chairs were hard to come by.We used our towels to sit on.There... More

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Snellville, Georgia
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

If you enjoy a relaxing day at the beach away from the noise and crowds of the more popular beaches this is your spot. I rented a condo "Barrymore Beach Apartments" on the beach with my kids and girlfriend for 4 days. During my time i don't think i seen more than 3 or 4 other people on the beach.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

While exploring the island by hire car we happened upon Runaway Beach and Mystic Bar and Grill. Inside is clean, cheerful and freshly decorated by new owners (since November 2013). Restaurant opens onto one of the most beautiful beaches on Antigua. Food is very good, reasonably priced and service friendly and timely. Good beach facilities with changing rooms, showers modestly... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We have been visiting this beach for many years while cruising. Major improvements have been made since November, 2013. New owner. New beach bar, called Mystic Beach Bar. New lounge chairs and umbrellas. No cover charge. $5.00 for chairs. $8.00 for umbrella, and you get a free rum punch! Nice bar, good service. Changing rooms and restrooms. Outdoor showers. Ten... More

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Bellvue, Colorado
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Runaway beach at Runaway Beach Resort is a very quiet and nice beach to visit in Antigua. A $10.00 cab fare for 4 from cruise dock. We did not use the uniformed (same colored T shirts) agents at entry of town but used an independent driver for less $. We have always done this and never had a problem in... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Landing in St. John's from Oriana my wife and I wanted to spend the day relaxing on a quiet beach. We shared a cab with 2 other couples who had discovered the beach on a previous visit. It was just what we were looking for; a beautiful beach full of rustic charm. A quiet bar with friendly staff serving drinks... More

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new bern, nc
2 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We just returned from a cruise with a stop over in Antigua. After reading SEVERAL wonderful great reviews about this place, this was definitely on my list as a MUST. There were 8 adults in total in our group so off we went. When I mentioned it to the taxi driver, he said it's run down. I said well I... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Runaway Beach was just a short walk from our hotel on Dickensen Bay, so one afternoon we decided to stroll over and take a look. Didn't like what we saw. A lot of litter (even a junk car) in the bushes at the top of the beach. Hotel at the end of the beach looks to be on its last... More

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Seymour, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

If on a cruise ship don't go to the popular beaches, go to Runaway Bay Beach. Beautiful sand and mild waves, lots of beach to walk, trees for shade, lounge chairs (newer plastic ones) and unbrellas for rent ($5 each), funky little restaurant, showers and changing rooms. You won't want to leave. Only a short taxi ride from town or... More

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Unless you are staying nearby, there are much nicer beaches to visit. Long Bay, Half Moon or even Dickinson Bay just up the road. This one feels unkempt and sad. It is the closest spot for cruise ship passengers, and most of the positive recommendations seem to be coming from them. Do you want a 10-minute cab ride from St.... More

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