Hideaway Bay is an unspoiled stretch of white sand in the village of Five Islands. This beach gets its name due to the fact that it cannot be seen from the roadside. For persons unaware of its location, they would pass within close proximity and not realize its existence. I personally had to ask a few villagers for detailed directions to the beach.
On my way to visit Fort Barrington, I parked in an open space near to the fortress and crossed a wooden bridge. This bridge stands over a small stream which trickles into the Atlantic Ocean. After this bridge, there's a small sandy trail which leads the way to Hideaway Bay.
On either side of the trail, tall grass and low shrubs grew, attracting butterflies or various colours. They fluttered about from flower to flower and drawn to their vibrant hues, I began taking photographs. A large orange butterfly alighted on the sandy trail mere feet away from where I walked and I managed to snap at least five photos before it flew off.
On reaching the beach, I noticed that only two other persons were swimming in the shallows. Regardless of the overcast sky that day, the water was blue and offered substantial visibility. The soft coastal breeze stirred up the gentlest of waves, and they quietly broke ashore in tides of froth.
I found the water to be perfectly warm and the sand was smooth as silk beneath my toes. Faint undercurrents enabled me to float with minimal effort and the undisturbed silence allowed me to become lost in my thoughts. The entire time spent at the beach was peaceful and conducive for relaxation.
Across from the beach, I could see the Royal Antiguan Resort and a few small seaside homes. Small boats with brightly coloured sails reminded me that civilization was indeed close by. It was becoming far too easy to imagine being on a deserted tropical isle.
Dark green foliage encroached on the shore in certain areas and leafy grape vines ran along sections of the shoreline. Hideaway Bay is undeveloped, so it's devoid of touts, food stalls and creature comforts such as bathroom facilities.
It's seclusion and pristine condition makes it a prime candidate for a spot to simply get away from it all. Despite it's hidden location, I found the beach to be in a safe area of the island. Hideaway Bay isn't well known abroad, so get there before the secret gets out!