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.

Located on the eastern outskirts of St. Lucy Parish, 1.8 miles east of Rock Hall, Cove Bay is on the North edge of Barbados. You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. This beach is not just another beach attraction, it's special in that it's one of the few quiet beaches in Barbados. While Cove Bay may be a little bit out of the way, it allows you to relax without being bothered by the noise of the crowds.

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.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

If you find that you choose shores which grant a serene environment, then you should enjoy Cove Bay; it is found within a less urban part of Barbados.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the North coast of Barbados. St. Nicholas Abbey is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is one of a few popular spots in the area.

Historical attractions such as Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill provide the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Cove Bay, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Barbados' past, without venturing too far from the coast. As a matter of fact, you'll find this spot two miles to the south of this place of historical significance.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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

Tourists at Cove Bay who are seeking some additional excitement will want to think about heading to Speightstown, because it's nearby and is a particularly bustling part of Barbados.


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it can attract visitors staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Those hoping to find a place to stay not far from the beach won't find it that difficult, as there is no shortage of hotels and resorts to choose from in the vicinity. Find the closest and most convenient lodging options by perusing what's listed in the following table.

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


While the area surrounding Cove Bay isn't exactly a culinary hot spot, you can still satisfy your hunger, particularly if you're prepared to venture a little out of the way. One of the closest places to eat is Sand Dunes Bar and Restaurant, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

Nearby dining options are listed below.

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

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Cove Bay in Barbados.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Mullins Beach, found a brief car or taxi trip 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. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might like Little Bay. You'll find it three quarters of a mile to the north.

Travelers may also want to consider Barclays Park Beach, located fairly close-by, which means a quick cab ride should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice.

Cove Bay could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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