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Deep Bay Holidays

Deep Bay is a pretty curving beach that's ideal for swimming. Ten minutes from the busy town of St John's it is an ideal place to get away from the round of sightseeing and shopping and just relax on the beach. A popular haunt with boaters, you will often see them dropping anchor and taking a dip in the clear waters.

The beach is also a haven for snorkelling enthusiasts as it contains a wreck; the merchant ship, the "Andes" sank in the bay nearly a hundred years ago after its cargo caught fire and it can easily be spotted by its mast, which still protrudes from the water giving the bay a real feeling of pirates and adventure. This is also a great spot for diving and the beach attracts many divers throughout the year as the wreck is so accessible and rests in no more than thirty feet of water.

2At the top end of the bay sits Fort Barrington, once the outlook and protection for St Johns. The beach has a little bar restaurant for snacks but, as on most of the island, the primary source of refreshment is form the nearby hotels.

The Grand Royal Antiguan Resort is the main accommodation on Deep Bay. Sitting on the edge of the narrow peninsular that forms the bay it takes up forty acres and is surrounded by clear seas and luxurious vegetation. A large hotel by some Antiguan standards it offers two hundred and sixty five spacious rooms and twelve one bedroom cottages. There are three restaurants, five bars and an internet cafe. The hotel has its own boutique, an electronic casino and activities for children. If you can tear yourself away from the hotel's strip of beach you can relax in the freshwater pool with its swim up bar. The hotel also offers nightly entertainment to its guests.

The hotel has a reputation for being the liveliest and most popular resort on Antigua and this is probably due to it being a more "typical" holiday resort for families. The beach is perfectly safe for all the family and the activities on offer make sure that no one gets bored. The usual non motorised motorsports are on offer including snorkelling, kayaking, water bikes and pedalos, however, the centre also offers parasailing, waterskiing and even a banana boat ride. There are also glass bottomed boat cruises. A fitness centre and tennis courts keep the land lovers happy, as do the options of hiking to Fort Barrington.

Antigua has three hundred and sixty five beaches (one a day if you have the time) and Deep Bay ranks as one of the most interesting due to the wreck and the nearby historical remains. It is also one of the more lively due to the proximity of such a large hotel. The bay is a picture post card setting and as with all Antiguan beaches can be reached easily from the airport by taxi or hotel transfer. If you want a piece of desert island with all the usual fun filled holiday activities right on the doorstep then Deep Bay is probably the place for you.