Half Moon Bay via Harmony Hall
Level: Road Easy to Half Moon
Dirt easy to Harmony Hall
Duration: 1 to 1 1/2 hr each way
Half Moon Bay shelters one of Antigua's great beaches, not because of its fine white sand and shimmering sea but because of its nearly perfect crescent shape and of the rolling surf that comes in from the Atlantic. There are only a few buildings and the natural beauty of the spot has been well preserved.
From Falmouth, take the Willoughby road. Take the short cut by turning left just before the Land Rover garage (go up the hill, take the first left, up the hill some more, then downhill on the other side - not asphalted!) to reduce the distance by 3 or 4 kms. Pass Belsheda, go up the hill with the scrap metal place at the top, turn right at the cement mills, ride past the petrol station and take the next right towards the village of St. Philips where there is a nice church dating back to the days of the British Empire. This is a pretty road following the hills on the northern edge of Willoughby Bay, with a few good view points.
Past St. Philips you will see a turn off signposted to Harmony Hall, about 4 to 5 kilometers away. This is a pleasant, tasteful and arty boutique restaurant cum guest house complex set on the shores of Non Such Bay, well worth the detour, even though it does lengthen the ride by some 10 kms and might be worth a trip on its own right. Some maps show the existence a track going back from Harmony Hall towards xxxx. This does not exist, and the only way back is the way you just came, through the village of xxxx
You will reach Half Moon Bay 15 to 20 minutes after continuing on the main road beyond the Harmony Hall turn off, after going down a fairly steep hill. There is a small restaurant here and the beach is just beyond..... Wandering along the small cliffs to the north of the beach makes a nice seaside stroll.
The road continues past Half Moon Bay towards a luxury resort. I did not venture beyond the gate, so if anyone knows of anything of interest past that point, please share!