Antigua is well known for it's 365 beaches. Unfortunately, beachside resorts tend to run far more expensive than most budgeters can afford. However, Barrymore Beach Club is a great opportunity for an affordable vacation right on the beach without breaking the budget.
Barrymore Beach Club is located right on a beautiful beach, Runaway Bay. This is on the North West Coast of Antigua. Runaway Beach is located right next to Dickenson Bay, the less beautiful yet more popular of the beaches. One of the fabulous things about Runaway is that you get a beautiful, nearly secluded beach, yet access to the many restaurants, bars, and other amenities located just 5-10 minutes walk away at Dickenson Bay, with one or two of these located on Runaway itself.
The price ranges from around $85 US a night in off season to about $120 during the high season for a one bedroom apartment. Again, for a property where you can literally walk onto the beach, this is a fabulous bargain. You are also located relatively close to town (although you may still need a car to get there) and two major supermarkets (Epicurean and First Choice) are also located just about a 5 minute drive away, with a small shop which sells the basic amenities at Dickenson Bay a few minutes away. The option of self catering is there if you don't feel like walking to a restaurant every day or would like to save a bit of money.
Not many cons. It would seem that AC is either not provided in some rooms, or provided at an extra charge in other rooms, which *may* be a bit of a problem if you're not used to the hot weather, although ceiling fans are in all the rooms. There also doesn't seem to be a dedicated website, although you can book it through VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner)
Barrymore Beach Club is a great deal for those looking for an affordable beachside vacation. There is the ability to relax on a gorgeous, clear beach, or visit a far more lively one just a few minutes away. With few drawbacks, and a price cheap enough to fit most pockets, this is nearly a perfect budget vacation getaway.
4.5 out of 5 stars