A Christmas Bonfire on the Beach? I’m in!

November 21st, 2015

When you think of “white Christmas”, you most probably think of snow… but we don’t! Our first thoughts are the fun times to be had amongst friends or family on the white sands of beautiful and relaxing Jolly Beach.

Share a fire with those you care about, or maybe with some new friends, swapping stories and expressing your thanks for all of life’s bounty. At Jolly Beach, we’ll help you set up all the fine details. Where to go, what to do, and, of course, the best ways to kick back and take in the holidays in paradise.

You’ll be able to walk on one of the best of the 365 Antiguan beaches, enjoy the warm weather and cool breeze, and always be easily enjoying yourself with all the great accommodations and amenities we have on immediate offer.

Have you considered what a beach Christmas would be like? Sitting by the bon fire on a beach that stretches for a mile, maybe someone gently strumming on a guitar, with beach BBQ treats on hand so you can truly have a “white sand Christmas”.

Just a Stroll Away from Great Sights

November 7th, 2015

At Jolly Beach you are just a short stroll away from amazing and memorable Jolly Harbour.

In the past, the original, innovative owners of Jolly Harbour were Dr. Alfred and Mrs. Patricia Erhart. They created a community village all unto its own, giving local people access to a wide array of amenities within the gorgeous marina, such as supermarket, a bank, and a pharmacy. Small shops selling everything from water-sports products to hardware items to clothing and accessories were added a bit later, completing this must-visit location.

At Jolly Harbour owners can also moor their boats or yachts in the marina. And some dock right in front of their villas! Just the display of all these boats and watercraft make for excellent sightseeing.

The Commercial Center office offers several services to the Jolly Harbour Community – Housekeeping Services, Mailbox Services, both local and international, telephone services, and other in-office administrative services. Educational tours can also be arranged with ease for student groups from various schools on the island, too.

There is great golfing to be had, as well! Set in a lush tropical parkland, the Jolly Harbour Golf Club is one of the Caribbean’s premier golfing venues with an established 18-hole championship golf course. Pleasant easterly breezes will cool you on the fairways that have been sculpted into green hilly landscape, with seven lakes to make this 5,587 yards golf course more appealing and challenging. Designed by leading golf course architect Karl Litton of Florida, the course is certified with a 67.8 handicap and 121 slope rating. The Jolly Harbour Golf Club offers you a “Players Paradise”.

This 71-par course plays to 5587 and 4554 yards from the black and red tees, presenting a fun challenge for all skill levels. Between the boating, sightseeing, and the golf to be had, Jolly Harbour has lots to offer… and it’s all within a short walk from the white sands of Jolly Beach!

Holidays at Jolly Beach

October 23rd, 2015

What’s your plan for Thanksgiving? What about Christmas? New Year’s?

How about an affordable all-inclusive vacation in a tropical paradise?

At Jolly Beach, it’s your vacation, your way, whether you plan to get away from the colder months with your family, loved ones, special someone, friends, or even by yourself. Do as little or as much as you like, and make your stay with us in Antigua the perfect experience.

Sip on a tropical drink beside one of our two pools, dine in your choice of five on-site restaurants, or get rid of any of the lingering stress at our resort’s spa – while you send your kids off to have some fun in the Jolly Kidz program. You’re welcome to join in on a game of beach volleyball, or compete in the always-fun Jolly Beach Olympics. You’ll enjoy live music, exotic fire dancers, and many other cultural performances and shows.

We sport the best of the island’s 365 beaches, with more amenities than you could possibly count. Jolly Beach Resort is the destination for absolutely affordable all-inclusive value in Antigua. So, what are you waiting for? Don’t spend another holiday season in the chilly weather of your northern climes. Come to Antigua to unwind, relax, and have the time of your life.

A Christmas bonfire on the beach? I’m in!

October 10th, 2015

We’re certain that it’s a scientific fact that good ol’ Santa loves everything snow. So it stands to reason he can’t resist our snow white sand!

Escape the snow and make a Christmas “sand-man” this year on world-class Jolly Beach. Celebrating Christmas in Antigua simply isn’t complete until you’ve tried bambula, or cassava bread. This island tradition tastes delightful. And it looks delightful, too, with fireworks, nativities, and masquerades. We also have Santa’s Little Helpers treasure hunt and gift wrapping relay race. Or maybe you just want to have a Christmas holiday on a gorgeous beach, sipping a beverage that isn’t as cold as air around you.

The jolliest place on Earth has to be Jolly Beach. Exotic and affordable, Jolly Beach Resort is at the top of Santa’s list of value vacations! Have you booked your Christmas on Antigua yet?

It’s Turtle Watching Season!

October 9th, 2015

We are blessed to be located on Antigua’s best beach, with turquoise waters and white sand stretching for a mile. But it’s not just us who enjoy it all: hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricate) come here each year for nesting.

It’s turtle watching season!

All sea turtles spend most of their lives in the water, coming onto land only to lay their eggs. In fact, there are actually three types that nest on our beaches (Green Turtle, Leatherback) with Hawksbills being the most numerous.

When a female Hawksbill turtle is mature enough to begin reproducing (20-25 years), after mating she will travel up onto the beach, dig a large hole into the sand with her flippers, and then deposit somewhere between 80 and 150 eggs. Once she finishes laying her eggs, she will cover the nest and head back into the sea, never to see her eggs hatch into baby turtles.

After around 60-65 days, those Hawksbill eggs will hatch, and the baby turtles will get themselves out of the sand and then make a dash for the ocean. They usually hatch at night, with the temperature of the nest telling them when that will be, specifically. Hatching at night means those baby turtles won’t get too hot or too dehydrated on their journey to the sea. Once the hatchlings hit that warm water, they’ll separate and swim off to a life into the unknown…

Sea turtles are an endangered species, facing multiple threats from natural predators (sharks, barracudas, birds, etc.) and from humans, too. Nets, boats, fishing lines, and trash are very real dangers these beautiful creatures face every day in our waters. These animals need to be respected when they come up onto our beaches or are seen in the water, and we must do our best to not interfere with their nesting or other natural processes.

Jolly Beach is just as excited as you are to see these majestic creatures engage in their unique and interesting lifecycle. We’re happy to help set up turtle watching excursions. Be sure to tell us that’s what you want to do, and we’ll set it all up for you.

Different Tastes, Different People, Different Places

September 26th, 2015

From England, Ireland, Italy, Canada, the United States, Central America – they come to the peaceful and immaculate shores of Antigua to enjoy what the aqua colored waters, the powdery white sand and the hospitality we have become known for.

At Jolly Beach we have the finest beach on Antigua, and 464 rooms in 9 buildings to host those that come to enjoy our island pleasures.

Feeding that many guests, and making that many meals a day is no easy feat. And they don’t all like the same kinds of foods. So, we present: Hemispheres, Lydia’s, Bocciolo, Utsav, and Coconut Grill. More than just names, they all represent a different way of cooking, different flavours to try and different pallets to please.

Lydia’s BBQ, think tropical blender drinks, and grilled catch of the day, waves lapping on the shore, that’s Lydia’s.

Hemishperes a breezy relaxed atmosphere and casual buffet dining with indoor and outdoor seating — serving three meals a day hot and plentiful.

Bocciolo is a cool change of pace. Classic Italian dishes served in air-conditioned comfort. The antipasto bar alone will call you back for seconds.

Utsav features a selection of dishes from India’s many cuisines — truly a “festival” of Indian flavors.

And for those on the go, and just steps away from the beach and pools, a grab-and-go menu serves up quick and tasty choices like hamburgers, hot dogs and grilled jerk chicken and crispy French fries all afternoon.

Come and try us soon!

Antigua Beckons for a Thanksgiving to Remember

September 14th, 2015

It’s time to start looking ahead and planning your next family vacation, and we want to help you make some lasting memories here at Jolly Beach Resort in Antigua.

After a tough first year in the New World, the Pilgrims gave thanks for making it through, looking toward the future with hope. We want you to come to the welcoming shores of Antigua, on the best beach anywhere, and share a memorable Thanksgiving with your family in whatever way you’d like.

Before you head into a busy holiday season, we want you to be able to unplug and enjoy all that Jolly Beach has to offer.

A Jolly beach experience includes:

  • Accommodations:
    • From 6 different room types
  • Meals & Drinks:
    • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Afternoon tea
    • Snacks at the Coconut Grill
    • House-brand beverages and cocktails
  • Taxes:
    • All taxes, fees, gratuities, and service charges
  • Activities:
    • Jolly Kidz Club for ages 3 to 12
    • Non-motorized water-sports, including sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, and snorkeling gear
    • Gym and exercise classes
    • 2 fresh water pools
    • Basketball and netball
    • Hammock lounge
    • Daily activities & nightly entertainment

Aside from transportation, you really don’t have to spend more than you want to when you stay with us in Antigua on the all-inclusive plan. We do offer the convenience of extra services and amenities.

So contact us today and make this a Thanksgiving to remember.

7 Reasons Why Jolly Beach Resort has the “Best Beach”

August 16th, 2015

Perched on a dazzling eggshell-white beach in Antigua, Jolly Beach Resort is set among forty acres of lush, tropical gardens.  Pristine white sands, crystal-clear and calm turquoise waters, incredible views, and cooling seas breezes – Jolly Beach is the Best Beach. 

Stretching a mile along breathtaking azure blue waters.

We’re proud to offer one of the finest stretches of sand in the Caribbean – here’s why: 

  1. A Kaleidoscope of Colors: Stretching a mile along breathtaking azure blue waters on our 40-acre property, the snow white Jolly Beach is the best beach on Antigua, hands down. You are sure to come across pictures of fabulous sunrises and sunsets – skies drenched in cool pastels or vibrant acrylics, to take your breath away.
  2. Family Beach Olympics: Every week, families take over the beach for our fun family Olympics. Jump into a tug-a-war, sack race, lime & spoon race, and many more! We also have football (soccer), cricket, basketball, pool and beach volleyball, and rounders (Antiguan game).
  3. Stargazing and Mini-Bonfire:  Every Wednesday at 8:30pm, an evening adventure takes place on the beach, under the stars, only steps away from the soothing sound of the waves. This is an informative night of stargazing, storytelling, and roasting marshmallows over a small fire. An activity that the entire family will enjoy!
  4. Kayaking and Sailing Lessons: A fun water sport activity from our beach that takes you on an amazing sea adventure. You will learn how to sail like a seasoned pro and how to maneuver a kayak. There’s sailing or kayak racing every day, as well as lessons for the entire family.
  5. Beach Weddings: Happily ever after begins in Antigua on our Caribbean-kissed beach. You can have the dream ceremony of our choice with views of the sea as your backdrop.
  6. Santa Arrives on the Snow White Beach:  When it’s the time of year to be ‘JOLLY’, there are family fun and activities for everyone, including Santa arriving by boat! This annual visit takes place December 22 through December 31.

    Family Fun Activities & Olympics on the beach every week.

  7. Antigua Sailing Week: Witness one of the premier sailing regattas in the world as they cruise past Jolly Beach. This takes place April 26 until May 1 in 2016! For more information visit the official Antigua Sailing Week website.

Living just fifty feet away from the sand and sea for a week can be a life-changing experience and you can do it all at an affordable price on an exotic Caribbean island rich in culture and smiles. Affordable, cultural, natural – Antigua’s best vacation value.

THE ALL-INCLUSIVE price at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa covers accommodations, all taxes and service charges, all meals, snacks and afternoon tea, house brand beverages, non-motorized water sports, “Kidz and Teenz Clubs”, activities and entertainment. For more information about our all-inclusive rates visit: http://www.jollybeachresort.com/all-inclusive/inclusive-rates/ 

All Activities, All Inclusive

August 1st, 2015

What do you like to do on vacation? Take a Hobie Cat out for a day on the water? Perhaps some snorkeling or windsurfing? Or maybe some beach volleyball? Jolly Beach Resort & Spa has every tropical activity you could ask for, easily accessible, and nearly all of them are included in our all-inclusive packages. Enjoy daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as many alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as you desire, non-motorized watersports, and an abundance of on-site sports, all for a low daily rate. Come see why Jolly Beach is the best all-inclusive value on Antigua. You won’t regret it.

Tales of the Black Pineapple

July 18th, 2015

When Jolly Beach Resort (JBR) stresses “value getaways”, we do mean that we fit into just about anyone’s holiday budget. But value not just in financial terms—but value when it comes to be THE portal to exciting and relaxing Antigua, the island’s beauty, and its rich cultural and natural heritage. Plants and trees on Antigua abound. We have ornamental bougainvillea, night blooming cereus, and the “Monkey No Climb,” a cactus-type small tree commonly found in gardens. As it is rich history as it is in flora and fauna, Antigua was discovered on 1493 by famed explorer Christopher Columbus, while on his second transatlantic voyage. By 1632, England had colonized the island. And way before all this, there were indigenous groups like the Ciboney, Arawak and Carib peoples (and to them, Antigua is called Waladli or Wadadli).

These amazing peoples came from what is present-day Venezuela and Cuba. It is the Arawak who introduced agriculture to Antigua, and amongst their many crops, they cultivated the now acclaimed Antiguan Black Pineapple. The Arawak brought pineapples to Antigua over 1,000 years ago, which they’ve grown to develop and adopt a special flavor and appearance due to the island’s unique environment of rich soil with just the right amount of rain, so the pineapples shine without being watered down. Nowadays, the Black Pineapple is the national fruit! Dubbed “the world’s sweetest pineapple”, you can taste one and you’ll be sure to agree. Compared to other pineapples, the fruit is more golden, having a crisp flavor and very low acid content. Just one bite is invigorating!

The home of the Black Pineapple can be visited by less than 20 minutes by car at Cades Bay Agricultural Station. During the 1940s, Cades Bay Pineapple Station was a district settlement consisting of a number of small farms.  It wasn’t until the late 1960s that the Ministry of Agriculture diversified the operations from small farms to a government owned Agricultural Station. Antigua attracts 700,000 visitors annually, and just about every last one of them falls in love with the Black Pineapple. Our guests at Jolly Beach are no different. And you can make this happen and not break the bank in the process. Jolly Beach may be the best budget vacation option Antigua offers, but we are far from cheap when it comes to experience.  For rates & reservations, please click here.