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We've been to Antigua before and stayed in the Hotel next to Sandals - Dickenson Bay??? - this was for 3 nights and then to Jolly Beach and stayed in a self catering villa in the harbour area.

Unfortunately my husband was ill (vertigo we think) and so it has totally put him off that area. We did like Dickenson Bay but as we were AI for the 3 nights we never ventured out. Would this be a good place to go self catering? Are there restaurants around there - can we hire sunbeds and umbrellas on the beach?

As I have finally persuaded him to even go back to Antigua - I need to get this right!!

Any other places that you think would suit us would be great too!

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for St. John's, Antigua
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1. Re: Self-Catering

I still think the best places for self catering are Jolly Harbour, and during high season, English Harbour/Falmouth.

However, around Dickenson Bay there are number of options. Right on the beach you have Antigua Village (between Sandals and Siboney), or just a little further on, past Siboney, Buccaneer Beach Club. If you're happy not to be right on the beach, there are also various options up on the hill above, including Dickenson Bay Cottages and Halcyon Heights, as well as various places dotted up on Paradise View.

There are a couple of restaurant options - Coconut Grove and Ana's at the higher end of the budgetary scale, or Putters (just behind Antigua Village) and of course the Chippy fish and chip van a couple of times a week. The watersports places also have lunchtime food on the beach, and Coconut Grove is less expensive for lunch than it is for dinner. These also have sunbeds and parasols for rent. It can get very busy on cruise ship days and I don't think the water quality is as good as it is on some other parts of the island.

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13 reviews
2. Re: Self-Catering

We were underwhelmed with the Dickenson Beach area for self catering. We felt surrounded by resorts. (Which are great, but only if you’re staying at one) Having the airport and a supermarket close by was convenient, but other than Dickenson Beach itself, there wasn’t much to do. We drove into St John’s, but once was enough. Way to much traffic and cruise activity for us. Our best day was driving to Nelson’s Dockyard and Shirley Heights. We’d probably stay down that way next time.

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3. Re: Self-Catering

We loved the Jolly Harbour area for self catering, we stayed in a villa on the south finger and have booked a different villa for next year again. The supermarket is well stocked and there are lots of places to eat within a short walk or a short taxi ride. We were there for 9 nights and did not hire a car so used taxis to go to different beaches and out to eat if we were not within walking distance.


Vancouver, Canada
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4. Re: Self-Catering

We've stayed at Jolly Harbour. The village area has all you need for groceries (if you stock up when fresh shipments arrive), restaurants and shops. However the North finger felt just a bit too far from everything and we ended up driving every single day to one of the nearby beaches like Turners, Fryers etc. The evenings on our little patio on the canal got to be too boring but we got tired of so much driving even back and forth to the village. It would be nice to be closer to the beach. North Beach was ok but no facilities or chairs or anything. Perhaps the South finger units would be better. Just my opinion, but I'm not big on self catering anyway and cooking all the time.

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