Cove Bay

Cove Bay, located on the northeastern coast of the island, provides a picnic-worthy spot far removed from development or the hustle of the city. The beach itself is small and difficult to get to and requires some hiking experience. Those looking for beautiful scenery and an amazing view of the Atlantic need not look much further.

Set in St. Lucy Parish, 1.8 miles east of Rock Hall, Cove Bay is on the North edge of Barbados. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Not looking forward to staking out a spot at a busy beach? All the more reason you should find a beach that isn't overly lined with restaurants and beach bars; less popular beaches like Cove Bay are perfect when you need a break from the typical tourist scene.

How to Access The Beach

Reaching Cove Bay requires a short drive over fields, often filled with goats and cattle. Access to the beach is difficult and requires some hiking, so guests are encouraged to be prepared with walking gear.

Amenities and Ambiance

Cove Bay provides incredible views of cliffs, pounding ocean water, and dramatic rock formations. The turquoise water is quite active, so swimming is discouraged during high tide, though natural pools develop during low tide. As the beach is difficult to access, guests will find the area uncrowded.

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

If you go for shores that offer those who visit a quiet place to escape, then think about trying out Cove Bay; it's found within a less urban area of the region.

What's Nearby


This spot is on Barbados' North coast. It is near St. Nicholas Abbey, which is seen a mile and a half away, and it is among the attractions in the region.

Historical attractions such as Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of Cove Bay, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Barbados, without straying too far from the coastline. Actually, this coastline is located only a brief walk or taxi ride away from this destination of historical interest.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Cove Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
St. Nicholas Abbey Museum 1.7 SW Barbados
Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill Historical Site 2.1 S Barbados
Grenade Hall Forest Signal Station Historical Site 2.4 SSW Barbados
Frangipani Art Gallery Art Gallery 4.6 SW Barbados
Harrison Point Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.8 W Barbados

Cities and Towns

Those visiting Cove Bay who are hoping to find other interesting places to see might want to think about making the trip to Speightstown, which is close-by and is a particularly busy area of Barbados.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how packed the nearby hotels are. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's often visited by guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

Travelers looking for a place to stay near Cove Bay shouldn't find it that difficult, as there is no shortage of accommodations to choose from in the immediate vicinity. You will find the closest, most convenient lodging options by looking over those listed below.

Accommodations near Cove Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Sugar Cane Club Hotel And Spa 4.7 SW Hotel
Little Good Harbour 5.0 WSW Hotel
Almond Beach Village 5.3 SW Hotel


Although this spot isn't close to many restaurants, you'll still have some choices, particularly if you are willing to venture a little farther away. One of the nearest places to eat is Sand Dunes Bar and Restaurant, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown in the following table.

Restaurants near Cove Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Sand Dunes Bar and Restaurant (246) 422-9427 Bajan Very Casual 3.8 mi. S
La Salsa Restaurant & Bar (246) 422-5026 International Informal 4.7 mi. SW
The Fish Pot (246) 439-2604 Mediterranean Informal 5.0 mi. WSW

Other Beaches

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

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Mullins Beach, located a short taxi ride away. Mullins Bay is a popular beach with easy access that attracts lots of visitors. Water lovers can indulge in a number of water sports, plus snorkeling and swimming. A beach bar keeps everyone happy, sporty or not. On the other hand, Little Bay offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. It's found three quarters of a mile to the north.

You may also want to consider Barclays Park Beach, which is located not too far away, which means a quick ride in a taxi should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Barbados, and Cove Bay offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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