FreetownAntigua and Barbuda

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Visit Freetown

Check out the hilly hinterland town and explore the white-sand beaches that form a necklace along the edge of a peninsula on Antigua’s eastern coast.

Spread across the southern half of a promontory jutting into the North Atlantic Ocean, Freetown has some of Antigua’s finest ocean views. The town’s rugged coastline is etched with luminous white-sand coves, while the hinterland has forested hills. Explore the cozy community nestled within the hummocks or make your way to the coast and go sailing, swimming or snorkeling at a series of exceptional beaches.

Wander around the neighborhoods within the peninsula’s forested interior. Bring the kids to meet amazing creatures inhabiting Antigua and Barbuda at the Wadadli Animal Nature Park west of town. See monkeys, parrots and reptiles, as well as a range of native plants, including bromeliads. You’ll also see exotic animals, such as the showy peacocks that roam the grounds.

For ocean adventures, go to Half Moon Bay Beach. This pretty little crescent-shaped beach is protected by two curving headlands and is the perfect spot to cool off. Play in the waves or grab your mask and snorkel and explore the reefs offshore. The beachside bar has a range of snacks. Alternatively, bring your own picnic to enjoy on a blanket on the sand. If there’s a breeze, try windsurfing or kitesurfing along the coast.

Continue northeast to find the next dazzling cove, Exchange Bay. From here, you can look out to Smith Island or check out the views from Friars Head. Return in the early morning to see magnificent sunrise views across the North Atlantic.

Freetown is located in Saint Philip Parish on an eastern Antigua peninsula. It is between Nonsuch Bay to the north and Willoughby Bay to the south. The town is a 40-minute drive from St. John’s. Taxis and rental cars are available in Freetown, making travel in this pretty part of the island easy. Stay in a waterfront resort in Half Moon Bay and enjoy the pristine white beaches on your doorstep.

Where to stay in Freetown

Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay Beach which includes general coastal views, landscape views and a sandy beach

Half Moon Bay

While visiting Half Moon Bay, you might make a stop by sights like Half Moon Bay Beach and Leeward Islands.

Top hotels in Freetown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Nonsuch Bay Resort All Inclusive
Nonsuch Bay Resort All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Hughes Point, Freetown, Antigua
£261
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

Nestled on the beach, this Freetown resort is just steps away from Leeward Islands and Nonsuch Bay. Brown's Bay Beach and Harmony Hall Art Gallery are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (275 reviews)

"We like the spacious room, staff was very friendly, the beach could be improved, beach shower was not working."…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec 2019

Nonsuch Bay Resort All Inclusive
The Escape at Nonsuch Bay -All Inclusive- Couples Only
The Escape at Nonsuch Bay -All Inclusive- Couples Only
4 out of 5
Hughes Point, Freetown
£353
per night
8 Dec-9 Dec

Situated in Freetown, this resort is steps away from Leeward Islands and Nonsuch Bay. Brown's Bay Beach and Harmony Hall Art Gallery are also within 15 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (23 reviews)

"Our stay at the Escape @ Nonsuch Bay was absolutely fantastic!!! We stayed for a week and it was perfect from start to finish, the room & view was beautiful (better than the photos!). The food was delicious every day, service was slow but it was certainly worth the wait when it arrived. A special ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2019

The Escape at Nonsuch Bay -All Inclusive- Couples Only
Nonsuch Bay Resort - Ocean View, Two Bedroom Villa
Nonsuch Bay Resort - Ocean View, Two Bedroom Villa
Nonsuch Bay Resort, Freetown, Saint Philip

Situated on the waterfront, this romantic villa is steps away from Leeward Islands and Nonsuch Bay. Brown's Bay Beach and Harmony Hall Art Gallery are also within ...

Nonsuch Bay Resort - Ocean View, Two Bedroom Villa

Popular things to do in Freetown

Half Moon Bay Beach
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Half Moon Bay Beach

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Stroll along this crescent-shaped beach and find a place to rest under the shade of swaying palm trees. Go swimming and snorkeling in the ocean waters.

Dickenson Bay Beach
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Dickenson Bay Beach

4.5/5(31 reviews)

Enjoy white sands, blue-green waters and thrilling watersports at this Caribbean beach, which is conveniently located close to the town of St. John’s. 

Nelson's Dockyard
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Nelson's Dockyard

4.5/5(48 reviews)

Walk in the footsteps of Admiral Lord Nelson and visit the cafés, galleries and museum located inside the restored Georgian houses of this boatyard.

Fort James
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Fort James

4/5(9 reviews)

Admire the view of the Caribbean Sea and St. John’s and examine the powder magazine and gun emplacements of this beachside fort.

Devil's Bridge
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Devil's Bridge

4/5(18 reviews)

Appreciate the artistry of nature with this narrow strip of rock that stretches across a blowhole in the Atlantic Ocean.

Jolly Beach
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trover photo by Nick Warriner

Jolly Beach

4/5(27 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Jolly Beach, a popular beach in Jolly Harbour. While in this relaxing area, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Top activities in Freetown

Swim & Snorkel at Stingray City
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Swim & Snorkel at Stingray City

£39

Visit Stingray City and snorkel with some new friends among the coral reef and blue Caribbean waters. Don't be fooled by their name—stingrays are friendly and graceful creatures. Your day starts with a briefing on equipment and safety before boating out to Stingray City near the quaint fishing village of Seatons.

St. Mary's Safari Buggy Adventure West
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St. Mary's Safari Buggy Adventure West

£85

The St. Mary's Safari West takes you past Hermitage Beach through Bolans Creek into Palm village, through Jennings Paddock into Green Castle via Orange Valley bypass, then to the beach to cool off before a fun packed ride back to base.

Half Moon Bay 4x4 Safari with Lunch
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Half Moon Bay 4x4 Safari with Lunch

£84

Explore the southern end of Antigua and a multitude of sights and stops that capture the beauty of the West Indies. Swim in an ocean bay, get acquainted with a donkey, and admire the lush rainforest canopy.

Antigua Sunset Cruise
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Antigua Sunset Cruise

£74

Sail off into the sunset on a romantic cruise featuring stunning views of the ocean as it catches the day's last rays of golden light and reflects them up into the sails of you comfortable yacht. Along the way, tuck into delectable appetizers and sip exotic cocktails served by your attentive crew.

Guided Antigua Jet Ski Tour Cades Reef Snorkeling Adventure
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Guided Antigua Jet Ski Tour Cades Reef Snorkeling Adventure

£178

Come along on one of the most exhilarating and adventurous rides that Antigua has to offer, with the islands #1 guided jet ski tour! Departing from Antigua’s beautiful west coast at Hawskbill Beach; this two hour guided tour will take you on an unforgettable adventure that will allow you to experience the island in a unique way only possible by jet ski.

Airport Transfers - Private transfers 1- 4 pax (min.fare) Zone D: Hotels
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Airport Transfers - Private transfers 1- 4 pax (min.fare) Zone D: Hotels

£20

Please select your choice of transfer options One way transfers available Roundtrip transfers available Private Transfers - no luggage surcharge Minimum transfer fares apply: 1 to 4 passengers

Reviews of Freetown

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4/5 - Good

Stephanie

24 Nov 2019

Very safe & quiet!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

29 Aug 2019

We didn't go into the town.