Beaches in Barbados

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.

Pick Your Ideal Beach

You will find several beaches to enjoy on the island. Regardless of whether you prefer people watching, or you prefer a quieter spot, you can find a beach that appeals to you. For a detailed review of any of these beaches click on the names of the ones you want to learn about.

Crane Beach

If you like snorkeling, a location offering that option 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 good option for snorkeling fans is Brandons Beach. The beach features gorgeous sands and a beautiful view of the turquoise Caribbean sea. Located outside of the capital city, the beach provides a great, natural getaway, while still providing options for food and drink.

Brighton Beach: Brighton Beach is an exceptionally long strip of sand with few rock or reef breaks. The water is fairly calm, although sometimes populated with sea urchins near the reefs.

Take some time to look through the following table for information concerning beaches that can be found on the island.

Beaches On Barbados
Name Location Coast
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 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

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

 

East and North Coast Beaches

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.

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.d

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.

 

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