Bottom Bay

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The Bottom Bay is a wide beach enclosed by coral cliffs and tall palm trees. The area is a popular picnic spot, while swimming is recommended only for advanced surfers, as rough waves and strong currents can be difficult to manage otherwise.

Located on the eastern outskirts of St. Philip Parish, 0.6 miles east of Harrismith, Bottom Bay is on the East coast of Barbados. You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying very close. It's often said that Bottom Bay is perfect for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Most other beaches in Barbados may have the same pleasing, tropical setting as Bottom Bay, but are usually more crowded since they're located by some of the most popular tourist areas in town.

How to Access The Beach
Bottom Bay is accessible via Highway 5 and features a small parking lot off of local roads. A short trail takes guests to the main beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Bottom Bay is a wide stretch of white sand that is lined with coconut palms and even has its own cave. To access the beach, visitors can park on top of a cliff and walk down steps to the azure waters. Medium to large waves dominate the surf, which makes the area ideal for watersports or those looking to take in the incredible natural views of the southeast of the island.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Bottom Bay is not a heavily populated tourist-y beach, so visitors will find themselves somewhat secluded from the rest of the island. There is a large resort nearby, though, and guests of the hotel are sure to wander down to Bottom Bay.

If you find that you like beaches that offer those who visit a serene environment, then a good choice for you is Bottom Bay; it's back within a more natural section of the region.

What's Nearby


Bottom Bay is on the East coast of Barbados; it will be near other attractions like Ragged Point Lighthouse, which is two miles to the north.

If you're intrigued by Barbados' history, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. For instance, nearby is St. Philip's Church, which is four miles away.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Bottom Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Ragged Point Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.9 N Barbados
Bushy Park Racing Circuit Auto Racetracks 2.8 W Barbados
Sunbury Plantation House & Museum Museum 3.9 W Barbados
St. Philip's Church Historical Site 4.2 W Barbados
Heritage Park and Rum Factory Operating Distillery 4.4 WSW Barbados

Cities and Towns

Bottom Bay is close to Bathsheba, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Nearby, you'll find the city of Bathsheba, which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the beach, Bathsheba is found maybe eight and a half miles (13 and a half kilometers) away.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent number of places to stay a car ride away. A list of the closest possibilities can be viewed in the following list.

Accommodations near Bottom Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Tropical Winds Apartment Hotel 0.9 SW Hotel
The Crane Residential Resort 2.5 SW Hotel
Casa Grande Hotel 4.4 SW Resort


When you start craving an afternoon snack, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you don't have to go far from these sands. One of the closest restaurants is The Seagrill. This restaurant offers both contemporary and International menu items. They are also famous for their seafood.

Nearby dining options are listed in the following table.

Restaurants near Bottom Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
The Seagrill -- Contemporary, International Fine Dining -- --
Cutters of Barbados (246) 423-0611 American, International Very Casual 2.4 mi. SW
D'Onofrio's Trattoria (246) 423-6220 Italian Very Casual 2.5 mi. SW
L'Azure at the Crane (246) 423-6220 Caribbean, International Informal 2.5 mi. SW
The Carriage House (246) 423-6220 American, International Very Casual 2.5 mi. SW
The Coconut Grove Beach Bar & Grill (246) 423-6220 International Very Casual 2.5 mi. SW
Zen (246) 423-6220 Indian, Japanese, Thai Fine Dining 2.5 mi. SW
Chefette Six Roads (246) 416-8480 International Very Casual 3.6 mi. WSW
Sunbury House Courtyard Restaurant (246) 423-6270 International Informal 3.9 mi. W

Other Beaches

Visitors in search of the perfect beach will have other options if Bottom Bay doesn't suit their tastes.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Sam Lord's Beach, another place which provides plenty of peace and seclusion. On the other hand, Ragged Point could provide more action, and isn't far from other popular destinations. It's found two miles to the north-northwest.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Harrismith Beach, which is located within a short distance.

You may find that Bottom Bay is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Barbados you might like.


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