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“Run away from Runaway Beach!!!!!!”
Review of Runaway Beach

Runaway Beach
Ranked #52 of 118 things to do in Antigua
Certificate of Excellence
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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 did see a few comments like that but the majority were this place was incredible and the pictures even looked incredible. Wow, talk about run down! The sand and water are incredible but the facilities were absolutely deserted and scary looking. There wasn't another soul on this beach. One man was sleeping on top of the bar who we woke up to see if we could use the bathroom. We then offered to buy a couple beers from him - he had to go to his own house (we think) to get us 2??? Just unreal sad. This place I'm sure at one time long ago was someplace great, but not anymore. I am just so sorry I did not get a picture of the facilities to share with you how it looks today.

9  Thank connie m
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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 legs. Felt creepy- first time I've ever been uncomfortable in the Caribbean..

5  Thank relaxedinNS
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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 the cruise terminal.

4  Thank jrwets
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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. John with rundown cottages in the background or someplace charming a bit further afield?

2  Thank dvandjay
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Recently visited this beach while cruising on the Adventure of the Seas (RCCL). We have visited this beach on many occassions in the past, and it is still our favorite beach in Antigua. If you want peace and quiet, and are a true sun worshiper, this is the beach for you. A short taxi ride from the Pier (about 10 minutes at a cost of $3.00 per person), you can't beat this beach. Chairs are available for rental ($5.00) and umbrellas will cost you $10.00. Old chairs and umbrellas, but they get the job done! A good beach for walking and the Caribbean is calm and clear, excellent for swimming! We stayed around 5 hours and didn't want to leave. We'll be back next year on our yearly cruise!

3  Thank Joyce O
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