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 part of St. Philip Parish, 0.6 miles east of Harrismith, Bottom Bay is on the East edge of Barbados. You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you are staying in the immediate vicinity. This beach is not just another beautiful natural attraction, it's special in that it's one of the few quiet beaches in Barbados. While Bottom Bay may be a little more difficult to reach, it allows travelers to truly relax and claim their own space on the beach.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, 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.

Bottom Bay brings visitors an idyllic and relaxing escape, since the surrounding region is not heavily urbanized.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the East coast of Barbados; it will be near other attractions like Ragged Point Lighthouse, which is pretty close, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

If you want to mix a little culture with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Sunbury Plantation House & Museum, a lovely museum found only a short taxi ride away, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

If a visit to the Bottom Bay isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, this beach isn't far from any of the items 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

Not far away you'll find Bathsheba, a town which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the coast, Bathsheba is a little ways off, maybe eight and a half miles (13 and a half kilometers) away.


How many other people you encounter at Bottom Bay will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Vacationers will find a decent assortment of rooming options to choose from close to Bottom Bay. The most accessible of which can be viewed below.

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 lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you won't have to look too far from the sea. The Seagrill is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has both contemporary and International dishes on the menu. They also specialize in seafood.

The following table lists restaurants closest to this beach.

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 who are looking for the ideal beach will have lots of choices besides Bottom Bay.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Sam Lord's Beach, a beach which also provides plenty of opportunities to relax. Others might prefer Ragged Point, which offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to nearby attractions. You'll find it two miles to the north-northwest.

You might also want to visit Harrismith Beach, located three quarters of a mile away.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Barbados, and Bottom Bay is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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