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!

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!

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.

Live Like a Star, Be Treated Like a Star

June 20th, 2015

Most people that come to Antigua are on vacation – but our little island has been called “home” by more than a handful of celebrities. World renown personalities include rock star Eric Clapton, actor Timothy Dalton, the ultra-chic Italian clothes’ designer Giorgio Armani, Virgin Atlantic mogul Richard Branson, and TV super-power Oprah Winfrey to mention a few. Although Antigua is widely regarded as a home by celebrities, Jolly Beach Resort genuinely cares that each guest enjoys their vacation. Whether it’s family, friends, a couple, etc., JBR feels it is critical to offer guests the best valued beach vacation on the island.

Antigua Carnival 2015

June 6th, 2015

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the 59th Antigua Carnival – The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival! Taking place from July 25 until August 4, Carnival is an annual ten-day celebration of music and dance featuring colorful costumes, beauty pageants, talent shows, and music.

A celebration of emancipation, Carnival’s festivities include competitions – like the Panorama steel band competition – as well as the spectacular Parade of Bands, the Miss Antigua Pageant, and the Caribbean Queen’s Competition. But that’s not all: in addition to the major events, Carnival’s nonstop revelry also includes countless smaller festivities including local concerts, food fairs, parades, and cultural shows.

Antigua Carnival is an absolute ‘must’ for anyone’s bucket list, and we have the perfect all-inclusive packages for your trip – as well as the ideal home base for you to retreat to whenever you need a moment to relax!


May 23rd, 2015

You may be thinking: why visit Antigua in the summer? But there is one thing you should consider first: it never gets cheaper to visit the Caribbean than during summer months, and there is never a better time to visit than during Carnival. Come enjoy everything that Jolly Beach Resort and Antigua Carnival 2015 have to offer – and enjoy up to 55% off.

Vacation Value Outside the Room

May 9th, 2015

Jolly Beach Resort is Antigua’s best vacation value, with 40 acres of stunning tropical gardens, five restaurants, countless events, and THE best beach on Antigua. So, if you are seeking a value-focused, all-inclusive vacation– one that is specific and not duplicated anywhere else in the Caribbean. ur all-inclusive packages also include nightly entertainment, non-motorized water sports, “Kidz and Teenz Clubs”, unlimited house-brand beverages and cocktails, daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, afternoon tea and snacks at the Coconut Grill. Oh! And don’t forget to try our world-renowned Jerk Chicken! Allow us to pamper you and be your home away from home.

We promise you an unforgettable stay. For more information on our all-inclusive packages, visit: http://www.jollybeachresort.com/all-inclusive/packages/

Antigua’s Sailing Week, April 26-May 2, 2014

April 25th, 2014

World Class Racing

With a blend of blue water, warm, steady trade winds, and seemingly endless harbors to explore, Antigua is a fantastic yachting and sailing destination.  Here in Antigua we even have our own version of The America’s Cup – Antigua Sailing Week.

Sailing Week is one of the world’s foremost sailing events and is renowned for world-class racing and all-night partying. It takes place from April 26, 2014 through May 2, 2014.

This year 21 different countries will bring their yachts to compete in the regatta’s 46th anniversary, with thrills and spills guaranteed!  Antigua’s Sailing Week has consistently graced international sailing aficionados’ calendars. Some of the races in this year’s regatta schedule include the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race, the Yachting World Round Antigua Race, and the English Harbour Rum Runner.

Throughout the island there will also be numerous parties.  Ask our Concierge and he’ll be sure to point you in the right direction.

If you feel you’ve had too much of the regattas you can always return home to Jolly Beach Resort.  Here, even when the sea may be rough, our beach is stunning and calm and the water is super refreshing.  If you don’t feel like participating in the week’s after-hours’ parties, Jolly Beach Resort also has nightly entertainment, including a casino, shows, and dancing.