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.
You'll find a large number of beaches to consider visiting on the island. Regardless of whether you'd rather be part of a busy beach scene, or you enjoy relaxing in a secluded area, you can find what you want. Simply click on the name of the beach for a detailed article concerning that particular beach.
A nice beach where snorkeling is a popular is Mullins Beach. Mullins Beach is an easily accessible beach with a large parking area across the street. Signage on Highway 1B directs drivers and pedestrians to the main beach area.
Another top pick for visitors who enjoy snorkeling is Brandons Beach. Brandons Beach offers vehicular and pedestrian access off of the Spring Garden Highway. Keep an eye out for signage, though Brandons Beach is one of the few beaches that can be seen from the highway.
Brighton Beach: Brighton Beach is located on the southwestern side of the island, in between the rum distillery and the major cruise terminal. The calm waters at Brighton Beach make it ideal for swimming or relaxing on the beach and the array of tropical foliage adds to the vacation mood.
The following chart lists some details concerning the beaches that you can find on the island.
|Accra Beach||2.8 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown||South|
|Barclays Park Beach||2.1 mi. Northwest of Central Bathsheba||North East|
|Bath Beach||3.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Bathsheba||East|
|Bathsheba Beach||Bathsheba, Central Barbados||North East|
|Batts Rock Beach||2.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Bridgetown||South West|
|Bottom Bay||0.6 mi. East of Central Harrismith||East|
|Brandons Beach||1.4 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown||South West|
|Brighton Beach||2.0 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown||South West|
|Brownes Beach||1.0 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown||South|
|Carlisle Bay||0.5 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown||South West|
|Cattlewash Beach||St. Joseph Parish, Central Barbados||North East|
|Cockspur Beach Club Beach||1.9 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Bridgetown||South West|
|Coconut Court Beach||1.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown||South|
|Colony Club Beach||0.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Holetown||West|
|Consett Bay||0.7 mi. Northwest of Central Fortescue||East|
|Cotton House Bay Beach||0.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Atlantic Shores||South|
|Cove Bay||1.8 mi. East of Central Rock Hall||North|
|Crane Beach||0.2 mi. East of Central Diamond Valley||South East|
|Dover Beach||3.9 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Bridgetown||South|
|Drill Hall Beach||1.5 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown||South|
|Folkestone Beach||0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Holetown||West|
|Foul Bay||0.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Diamond Valley||South East|
|Gibbs Beach||1.4 mi. South of Central Speightstown||North West|
|Ginger Bay||0.6 mi. Northeast of Central Diamond Valley||South East|
|Harrismith Beach||1.9 mi. Northeast of Central Diamond Valley||South East|
|Heywoods Beach||0.6 mi. North of Central Speightstown||North West|
|Holetown Beach||1.3 mi. North of Central Holetown||West|
|Inch Marlow Beach||1.5 mi. East of Central Atlantic Shores||South East|
|Lakes Beach||2.3 mi. Northwest of Central Bathsheba||North East|
|Little Bay||1.9 mi. Southeast of Central Seaview||North|
|Long Bay Beach||2.0 mi. East of Central Atlantic Shores||South East|
|Mahogany Bay||1.7 mi. South of Central Holetown||South West|
|Maxwell Beach||4.7 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown||South|
|Miami Beach||1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Atlantic Shores||South|
|Mullins Beach||1.2 mi. South of Central Speightstown||North West|
|Needham's Point||1.4 mi. South of Downtown Bridgetown||South|
|Oistins Beach||5.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Bridgetown||South|
|Paradise Beach||2.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Bridgetown||South West|
|Paynes Bay Beach||1.4 mi. South of Central Holetown||West|
|Pebbles Beach||0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Bridgetown||South|
|Ragged Point||1.8 mi. Northwest of Central Apple Hall||East|
|Reeds Bay||1.9 mi. West of Central Deanes||West|
|River Bay||0.5 mi. East of Central Seaview||North|
|Saint Lawrence Beach||3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown||South|
|Sam Lord's Beach||1.9 mi. Northeast of Central Diamond Valley||South East|
|Sandy Lane Beach||0.8 mi. South of Central Holetown||West|
|Silver Rock Beach||0.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Atlantic Shores||West|
|Silver Sands Beach||0.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Atlantic Shores||South|
|Six Men's Bay||1.2 mi. North of Central Speightstown||North West|
|Skeetes Bay||1.7 mi. Northwest of Central Coles Pasture||East|
|Surfer's Point||1.5 mi. East of Central Atlantic Shores||South East|
|Welches Beach||1.7 mi. Northwest of Central Atlantic Shores||South|
|Worthing Beach||3.2 mi. Southeast of Central Bridgetown||South|
If you are seeking a wider selection of attractions beyond this category, you might want to consider other locations. Click on this link to visit our guide to other interesting attractions for Barbados.
...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.
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.
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 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.d, where you can find all kinds excitement, including an Internet cafe, bars,
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.
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