What to Expect
- Once a sugar plantation, Long Island is owned by Americans and Britons who ensure the island’s environment remains unspoiled. Endangered Hawksbill turtles lay eggs on the northern beach, their nocturnal June-November arrivals recorded by researchers and assisted by resort guests. Sheep descended from ancestors left by the Spanish in the 16th century roam the island. Songbirds, mourning doves and egrets abound. The island is so ideally situated to catch tradewind breezes for a long time the resort offered no air conditioning. No cars other than a small security-staff van are permitted. Guests use bicycles strategically located so they can ride or walk at will without regard for keeping track of “their” bikes. Complimentary golf-cart shuttle service is also available.
- The resort’s main beach curves along a calm-water bay facing Antigua Island to the west. Thatch-roof shades and thickly cushioned lounge chairs line the beach, ensuring each guest ample room for uncrowded sunbathing and swimming. (Children have their own beach and swing set south of the resort’s dock.) Another beach lies along the northern shore, providing beach combing and snorkeling among coral heads. Secluded inland, a lap pool furnishes freshwater exercise and tranquil sunbathing.
- Jumby Bay Resort features two beaches, Jumby Bay Beach with pristine, white sand, and Pasture Bay Beach, an untouched wild beach set aside as a protected nesting site for the Hawksbill turtle.
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