Not a nudist resort, but if solitude and escape from the hustle and bustle are what you are looking for, then this is it!

A secluded nude beach awaits, just a short walk from the property

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Hawksbill Beach Resort is for those of you who need to get away from it all and "vege" out. There are no discos and or organized group activities--it's got more of a British/European flavor than a typical, all inclusive, go-go type of Caribbean resort. What it does have is peace and quiet with a secluded nude beach a short walk from the property. It's not for everyone--just those of you who need a little solitude. The resort is somewhat refined but it is not a nudist resort.

  The resort, located on Hawksbill Beach, is about 5 miles west of the Antiguan capital of St. Johns, the only major settlement of the island, other than Nelson's Dockyard on the south side of the island.

Antigua can be reached from the US via daily flights from New York and Miami. International flights service the island from Europe. Taxis and car rentals are available in town and at the airport. The V.C Bird International Airport is a few minutes from St. Johns.

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  Resort offers non-motorized water sports, tennis and ping pong plus beautiful beaches and water. Rooms feature mini bar, ceiling fans, safe, hairdryers, balcony or patio. Boat rentals, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing are also available as options. There are no discos or loud music sources at the resort.

St. John's is about 5 miles away for shopping, dining and night life.

NOTE: Please take care of your valuables, cash, airline tickets and passports while on vacation. Some vacation destinations are considered "third world" countries and experience petty theft. Recommendation: Do not take precious jewelry unless you wear it all times; keep your cash, valuables, watches, travel documentation and cameras with you and don't expect your in-room safe to be "safe." Just a word of caution to make sure you remember to practice common sense with your valuables while you're on vacation.

  The restaurants feature both European and local cuisine at the main building and snack shop on the regular beach. When you visit the nude beach, take along drinks and snacks since there are no permanent facilities there. The resort is all inclusive with meals and house brand bar drinks included. There are two bars and two restaurants--a pair in the main building and a pair on the beach.

Not Included (Subject to change)

1. Premium brand drinks and wine/champagne by the bottle
2. Bottled water
3. A la carte menu (50 percent credit toward this feature)
4. Special occasion menus (50 percent credit toward this feature)
5. Select dishes indicated on luncheon menu (50 percent credit toward this feature)
6. Lobster and Steak at Sunday lunchtime BBQ (50 percent credit toward this feature)
7. Amenities subject to change without notice.

  Room prices can range from $150-$200/night, without meals. Prices vary seasonally and are subject to change without notice. Special seasonal sales also offer great bargains especially during low season (summer and fall dates).

Meals plans can be added from about $50/person/day. Breakfast and dinner plans can also be added. Bar drinks are extra.

  The resort attracts a more subdued, quiet crowd from late 30s to 60s with a few children present.

  Hawksbill Beach Resort has 112 rooms, with separate beach front and ocean view cottages plus hotel buildings mixed throughout the 37 acre tropical property that faces west into the Caribbean. There are 4 beaches with a clothing-optional one a short distance from the resort. You must take a walk of a couple of hundred yards to reach the nude beach. There are no other structures on the nude beach so it is secluded and private. The beach is both wide and long--at least 200 meters in length and fifty meters deep. Make sure you wear shoes or sandals since it is a short hike from the resort's fence.

  In and around the former British Nelson's Dockyard (closed in 1899) and Shirley Heights on the south end of the island, some of the most spectacular sights include vantage points overlooking English Harbour. A rental car is recommended so you can explore as long as you like. See these three great vantage points.

Fort Shirley and its National Park--the island most southerly point, with Montserrat 21 miles away with Guadeloupe in the distance beyond.

Dow's Hill Historical Centre, another terrific vantage point near Shirley Heights, where you can see the dockyard and harbor below.

Also, near both, is the Blockhouse, a former military fortification with another great vantage point of the island, Mamora Bay and the Caribbean sea beyond.

At Nelson's dockyard, see the Admiral's House and lots of former structures of the its operations, now housing various tourism activities including H.Q. (Headquarters) Bar & Restaurant, the Admiral Inn, The Copper & Lumber Inn, the admiral's kitchen (now a bakery), the gallery (now a bar & boutique).

Don't miss seeing the harbour at sea level on the Apply water taxi, a fun 20 minute tour by boat that gives you an up close and personal view of the whole area. Some of the sites are over 300 years old, attesting to the fact that the great seafaring nations, mainly the British, coveted this spot in the Caribbean for its perfect anchorage for safety from pirates and weather. Nearby are Catherine's Cafe for a little taste of the French, plus Clarence House and, at the east entrance to the harbour, the Pillars of Hercules, an enormous pillar-like formation caused by wind erosion.

To bring you up to date, don't miss admiring one of the finest fleets of private yachts in the Caribbean. If you don't own or charter one, at least you can make believe you belong there in English Harbour, the world's only working Georgian dockyard!

For great grub, bar hopping and booty shakin, try some of these (List subject to change without notice):

Visit English Harbour, one of the Caribbean's best natural harbors, established by the British navy in 1745, where Nelson's dockyard offers a hot spot on the south end of the island. Falmouth Harbour is also nearby....both of which the yachties love. Good beaches, great fun and some find hiking trails, too.

Look are for these: Galley Bar, The Mad Mongoose, Yacht Club Marina Restaurant, Jackee's Quick Stop (cheap with a local flavor), the Admiral's Inn, The Inn at English Harbour, and Antigua Yacht Club Marina.

For a great excuse to skip church and shake your bootie with the best on the island, carve out some time to see and visit Shirly Heights on Sunday afternoon. High above the harbor, Shirley Heights was once a strategic look out point but on Sunday's, you can be on the look out for some fun for the night. You can see both Englisha and Falmouth Harbors and Montserrat in the distance. Up close starting every Sunday at 430 PM (or's island time), live music begins along with libations, open bar and BBQ. Make sure you get there for photos and sunset around 5:30-6:30 PM depending upon the time of year. For the maddest crush of the year, time your visit during the last week in April, with the last Sunday highlighting Antigua Sailing Week. We've been there then and it's a long as you have a place to stay.

With thanks to Caribbean Travel & Life:
When visiting English Harbor or Falmouth Harbor, join the crowd at the Galley Bar for the evening happy hour around 5 PM or for live jazz on Sunday afternoon from about 4 PM. Also, the Mad Mongoose is another place to start the evening with happy hour from around 4 PM, island time. Watch the big yachts sail by at the Yacht Club Marina Restaurant while chowing down on Italian specialties. Rub elbows with some of the yacht crew at Jackee's Quick Stop, the spot for cheap and cheerful local food and drink. Stop in to see the Admiral's Inn, a historic building that includes former British offers' quarters and a sail loft from years gone by. Beach lovers will like The Inn at English Harbor on Freeman's Bay. The Antigua Yacht Club Marina features more stylish digs, too. If you want to be that close to the yachties for the annual April yacht Sailing week, choose one of these resorts…way in advance for the last Sunday each in April each year.

The nude beach is adequately isolated so you don't get any gawkers or non-registered guests.
Some of the worst roads we've seen in almost 30 Caribbean destinations we've visited, surpassed perhaps only by St. Lucia.
The local people are gentile, warm and friendly. Always smile, introduce yourself and make conversation. Ask permission if you want their photograph.

  Great weather most of the time, but avoid the hot summer during hurricane season.

  Wish the nude beach had a snack bar for drinks and food.

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