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Valley Church Beach

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Parking, chairs, umbrellas, cabanas, local vendors, food, drinks—everything for a great day on a fantastic beach. A must see!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 2wego
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It's worth 20 mins of your time to walk around to this beach, as it's quieter than Jolly, but the water is just as cloudy. The southern end is quietest but watch out for idiot jet-skiers.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Paul A
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wow what a stunning beach! The water is calm and a beautiful turquoise colour. Plenty of sunbeds & umbrellas available to rent, the people are friendly, polite and helpful. The beach didn’t get overly busy compared to other beaches we’ve visited. It’s got a peaceful,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Hannah28x
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this beach while visiting the island on the cruise. We had a cab driver bring us on a tour of the island and then to the beach. He waited for us while we spent a few hours at the beach. The sand was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RAKfromMD
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were really lucky to have this beach close to our resort. It was practically deserted when we visited and must be one of the most beautiful beaches in Antigua. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Londoner016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beach is nice but bring water shoes sand and shells very hard on feet. It is not great for kids because the sand drops quickly to about 5 feet reasonable priced chairs ($5) and $10 for umbrellas, They say free Wi-fi but it is mostly...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kantbyluv
Reviewed December 16, 2018 via mobile

This beach is connected to the Cocos hotel where we stayed, amazing blue waters and white sand beaches!! Vendors can be a bit pushy but just say no thank you and they will move on

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kikicarrell
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

Valley church bay was the surprise of the day. Hapiness is the only word to describe our feelings when we saw this fabtastic beach. Sand full of corals..turquoise waters was like being in a painting. The water is getting quickly very deep and inside the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JulsKAthens
Reviewed December 6, 2018

A great beach to visit if in Antigua for just the one day Getting there Taxi from cruiseport will cost you $8 per person EACH WAY, this is in a shared taxi. on leaving cruise terminal you will be met be people wanting to offer...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank RayW421
Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

There is a quick drop off so beware. The water is not too rough and it’s easy to manage considering the drop off.

Date of experience: December 2018
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October 12, 2018|
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Response from Kerryman11 | Reviewed this property |
US $11.00 each way tip included. Find more couples and split it. Tell them to return at a certain time and don't pay until they return. Stray off the beaten path(outside man gate) for cabs. Tell them a price and STICK to... More
October 21, 2017|
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Response from X9006KBsandraf | Reviewed this property |
The recent hurricanes spared Antigua, so I'm sure it's still as beautiful as ever!
September 24, 2017|
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Response from Chriski M | Reviewed this property |
Just ask the driver for Valley Church Beach. Chairs, shades all available. Try the coconut shrimp
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Jonestown, PA
Cab ? - from dockyard to Shirley Heights to Valley Ch beach? (3 Replies)
Arriving on a cruise (only ship in port in June that day). Plan on doing bus17 to Nelson's Dockyard. I already know I have to take a taxi to go to Valley Church Beach. We are a family of 4. My question is: would a cab drive us to Shirley Heights so we can take a few photo ops and then take us to VCB? Approximately how much would it cost for the cab to do this? Is going to Shirley Heights after Nelson's Dockyard out of the way? Thanks for any input!
March 23, 2015|
Response frommizgeorge|
Forget Valley Church! It's hugely overrated, and there are two lovely beaches (Galleon and Pigeon) very close to Dockyard, which would make your day much easier to manage. Entrance to Dockyard includes entrance to Shirley Heights, and you can either take a taxi up, or hike if you're reasonably fit If you really want to go to Valley Church (along with half the rest of your ship who have read the over hyped reviews from other cruisers) you can get a bus there from St Johns - a #22 - but...More
Felton, Delaware
Jolly Beach Resort bars (0 Replies)
Hi, can anyone tell me about what time the bar closes at JBR? My fiance and I are night owls, I know there are bars close by but just wondering about the resort. Also, does anyone know how far of a walk it is to get to Valley Church Beach? Any suggestions on the best rooms? Near the pool and close to the beach? Thanks!
March 31, 2011|
Toronto, Canada
One Day In Antigua (3 Replies)
We will be taking a cruise in January and want to spend a day at one of Antigua's beautiful beaches. We can't make up our minds between Valley Church Beach or Darkwood. We want to get a little further away from the crowded beaches around the cruise port, but want to make sure we can get back to the ship on time. Can anyone tell me how long a taxi ride would be to either of these beaches and the approximate fare. Does anyone have any preference between these 2 beaches. Would appreciate any...More
August 22, 2014|
Response fromRosita|
Hello Again I have another question regarding Darkwood Beach. Is there much shade there? A couple of the reviews I read mentioned there were only very few umbrellas. Are there any trees for shade? I love the sun but can't sit in it all day.