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Barbados Beaches

Barbados is a beach-lovers paradise, with so much coastal property it may make your head swim

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Barbados' shoreline
 

With over 70 square miles of beaches to choose from on the beautiful island of Barbados, travelers will have no problem finding the right coastal terrain for their tropical getaway. Beaches abound on this gorgeous vacation destination!

Barbados has sugary white sand beaches and exotic pink sand beaches. The terrain on the island is fairly flat and easy to traverse. Many beaches have gradual slopes that border the island. Barbados is a coral island, and its sandy beaches are made from coral reefs that have been ground into a fine powder by the ocean's waves. So almost all of Barbados' beaches are made of fine, pristine sand, perfect for sinking your toes into.

The beaches on Barbados can be divided into their coastal locations: the north, south, east, and west coasts. In some areas of the island, especially in the northern regions, coral and sandstone cliffs come straight up out of the ocean and can reach several hundred feet in height. In the south and west, cliffs of 50 to 100 feet rise and fall along the coast, separated by small sandy beaches and bays. Coral formations along the coastlines of large and small beaches often interrupt the flowing sands. The soft coral rocks that have been weathered by the ocean surf form what looks like abstract sculptures posing along the beach.

East and North Coast Beaches

...take a refreshing dip in the salty sea...

 

The east and north coasts of Barbados face the Atlantic Ocean, where huge waves crash along the shore and coral reefs. Because the ocean currents and waves are so strong on the east coast of Barbados, this area is not recommended for swimming. However, experienced swimmers can try swimming in protected bay areas and small pools formed by splashing waves along the shore that create a natural swimming pool. An unknowing swimmer can easily be carried away by the strong currents and fierce waves that beat against the coral reefs. This is truly an example of the amazing power of the ocean. Instead of watersports and swimming, vacationers may enjoy a relaxing stroll on the east coast beaches, or tanning on the sandy shores. Some popular beach areas on the east coastline are the Soup Bowl located at Bathsheba, which is a hit especially among surfers, and the scenic Cattlewash, which boasts picturesque beach landscapes.

The waters on the northern coast of Barbados are also choppy, and it is dangerous to swim in open waters. But the scenery on this side of the island is something to behold. The panoramic views and amazing landscape make the north coast the perfect spot for a beach picnic or some afternoon sightseeing. When visiting this part of the island check out private bays like River Bay and Cove Bay, rugged cliffs overlooking the ocean, and beach caves perfect for exploring.

South Coast Beaches

Barbados' south coast has something that even the most discerning of travelers can enjoy. The waters off the southern coastline of Barbados are a mixture of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, and are calm enough for swimming, snorkeling, and other aquatic activities. The beaches on the southern coast are more lively than those on the west coast, but more laid back than the east or north coasts.

For more exciting beach front parties head for the The Boatyard, where you can find all kinds excitement, including an Internet cafe, bars, restaurants, and other great entertainment spots. Also, beach bums can rent a variety of equipment such as beach chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, volleyball equipment, and ocean trampolines. Pedal boats, glass bottom boats, snorkeling tour, and much more are available at The Boatyard on the south coast of Barbados. Another popular beach on the south coast is Dover Beach, which has mild waves and a number of nearby facilities.

Beaches on the West Coast

The Platinum Coast, as the west coast of Barbados is often referred to, is well known for the sparkling warm waters that gently lap onto beaches of golden sand. For the most part, the waters of the west coast are calm and the beaches clean, so you can take a refreshing dip in the salty sea or soak up some sun on any of this region's magnificently golden beaches. Almost all of the beaches on the west coast feature smooth sapphire waters that are ideal for swimming, and clean coral sands on which to relax and soak up the radiant island sunshine.

Along with postcard perfect beaches, the west coast also features spectacular underwater scenery. Folkstone Marine Park is an underwater park where vacationers view exhibits beneath the ocean surface, go diving, and take part in other ocean-related activities. The park also has shops, museums, and a place to rent snorkeling gear.

Each of Barbados' coasts boasts different kinds of beaches. Whether you're in the mood for some exciting watersports action, or feel like a more relaxed environment on a secluded beach, Barbados has it all. To learn more about specific beaches, visit the detailed beach pages listed below.

Beach Name Location Coast
Accra Beach 1.6 mi. West-Northwest of St. Lawrence Gap South
Barclays Park Beach 2.1 mi. Northwest of Bathsheba North East
Bath Beach 3.8 mi. East-Southeast of Bathsheba East
Bathsheba Beach Bathsheba North East
Batts Rock Beach 2.7 mi. North-Northwest of Bridgetown South West
Bottom Bay 8.4 mi. Southeast of Bathsheba East
Brandons Beach 1.2 mi. North-Northwest of Bridgetown South West
Brighton Beach 1.8 mi. North-Northwest of Bridgetown South West
Brownes Beach 1.2 mi. Southeast of Bridgetown South
Carlisle Bay 0.7 mi. Southeast of Bridgetown South West
Cattlewash Beach 1.1 mi. Northwest of Bathsheba North East
Cockspur Beach Club Beach 1.7 mi. North-Northwest of Bridgetown South West
Coconut Court Beach St. Matthias South
Colony Club Beach Holetown West
Consett Bay 4.5 mi. East-Southeast of Bathsheba East
Cotton House Bay Beach 2.2 mi. East-Southeast of St. Lawrence Gap South
Cove Bay 5.6 mi. Northeast of Speightstown North
Crane Beach Diamond Valley South East
Dover Beach St. Lawrence Gap South
Drill Hall Beach 1.7 mi. South-Southeast of Bridgetown South
Folkestone Beach Holetown West
Foul Bay 8.2 mi. East of St. Lawrence Gap South East
Gibbs Beach Mullins North West
Ginger Bay 9.0 mi. Southeast of Bathsheba South East
Harrismith Beach 8.7 mi. Southeast of Bathsheba South East
Heywoods Beach Speightstown North West
Holetown Beach Porters West
Inch Marlow Beach 4.2 mi. East of St. Lawrence Gap South East
Lakes Beach 2.3 mi. Northwest of Bathsheba North East
Little Bay 5.9 mi. Northeast of Speightstown North
Long Bay Beach 4.5 mi. East of St. Lawrence Gap South East
Mahogany Bay Durants South West
Maxwell Beach St. Lawrence Gap South
Miami Beach Keizer Hill South
Mullins Beach Mullins North West
Needham's Point 1.6 mi. South-Southeast of Bridgetown South
Oistins Beach 1.6 mi. East of St. Lawrence Gap South
Paradise Beach 2.2 mi. North-Northwest of Bridgetown South West
Paynes Bay Beach Paynes Bay West
Pebbles Beach 1.1 mi. Southeast of Bridgetown South
Ragged Point 6.5 mi. East-Southeast of Bathsheba East
Reeds Bay Weston West
River Bay 5.8 mi. Northeast of Speightstown North
Saint Lawrence Beach St. Lawrence Gap South
Sam Lord's Beach 8.7 mi. Southeast of Bathsheba South East
Sandy Lane Beach 0.8 mi. South of Holetown West
Silver Rock Beach 3.5 mi. East-Southeast of St. Lawrence Gap West
Silver Sands Beach 3.6 mi. East-Southeast of St. Lawrence Gap South
Six Men's Bay The vicinity of Speightstown North West
Skeetes Bay Whitehaven East
Surfer's Point 4.2 mi. East of St. Lawrence Gap South East
Welches Beach Welches South
Worthing Beach 1.2 mi. West-Northwest of St. Lawrence Gap South
 

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