Crane Beach

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Crane Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, largely thanks to its beautiful palm tree surroundings, its pristine white sand, and occasionally exciting waters. Large rocks frame the beach, allowing for a secluded and natural feel, yet the area is still accessible off of the main highway. The famous Crane Resort sits south of the beach, while smaller restaurants rest outside of the area.

Located in Diamond Valley, Crane Beach is on the South East edge of Barbados. You might want to drop by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. While Crane Beach is not the most secluded beach in Barbados, it retains the right amount of intimacy and natural beauty to attract vacationers.

How to Access The Beach

Crane Beach is accessible via the main highway and offers vehicular and pedestrian access.

Amenities and Ambiance

Crane Beach is located on Barbados' southeast coast and backed by a series of cliffs. The sandy white beach is lined with palms and the Crane Beach Hotel overlooks it. The moderate waves are good for body surfing, but at times can get rough. For calmer waters, check out the protected cove. Crane Beach is easily accessible and parking is available.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to order lunch from one of the mobile vendors who are typically found at this location.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Fortunately, chairs and umbrellas are offered at this beach for visitors seeking a relaxing spot in the shade. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you're looking to see some exciting marine life. Prince Andrew has a house on Crane Beach, lending to its prestige among travelers. Sports enthusiasists also find the surf at Crane Beach enjoyable.

What's Nearby


Set on Barbados' South East coast; the area is home to other attractions such as Casa Grande Arcade, which is only a short distance away, so some guests will want to walk to this attraction, while others will choose to take a cab.

If you want to combine culture with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Heritage Park and Rum Factory. This museum is located two and a half miles away, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Barbados. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Crane Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Casa Grande Arcade Amusement Arcade 2.2 mi. WSW Barbados
Heritage Park and Rum Factory Operating Distillery 2.6 mi. W Barbados
Bushy Park Racing Circuit Auto Racetracks 2.7 mi. NW Barbados
Sunbury Plantation House & Museum Museum 2.9 mi. WNW Barbados
Barbados Concorde Experience Museum 3.2 mi. SW Barbados
St. Philip's Church Historical Site 3.6 mi. NW Barbados
Ragged Point Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.1 mi. N Barbados
Barbados Golf Club Golf Course 6.0 mi. WSW Barbados
St. John's Church Historical Site 6.5 mi. NW Barbados
South Point Lighthouse Lighthouse 7.0 mi. SW Barbados
Lucky 7 Arcade Oistins Slot Machine Arcade 7.3 mi. WSW Barbados
Gun Hill Signal Station Historical Site 8.0 mi. WNW Barbados

Cities and Towns

Crane Beach guests hoping to find additional places to explore should consider going to St. Lawrence Gap, because it's nearby and is a particularly bustling part of Barbados.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Because the beach is situated in a fairly popular tourist destination, it usually isn't very tough to find a hotel nearby that's to your taste. For those looking to get a place that's on or near the beach, the table that follows shows the accommodations closest to Crane Beach.

Accommodations near Crane Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
The Crane Residential Resort 0.1 S Hotel
Tropical Winds Apartment Hotel 1.6 NNE Hotel
Casa Grande Hotel 2.2 WSW Resort


If you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you won't have to look too far from the shore. One of the nearest places to eat is D'Onofrio's Trattoria. The restaurant offers a menu of Italian food. Visitors often rave about their family fare and pizza. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's not far off the beach at all.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown below.

Restaurants near Crane Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
D'Onofrio's Trattoria (246) 423-6220 Italian Very Casual 0.1 mi. S
L'Azure at the Crane (246) 423-6220 Caribbean, International Informal 0.1 mi. S
The Carriage House (246) 423-6220 American, International Very Casual 0.1 mi. S
The Coconut Grove Beach Bar & Grill (246) 423-6220 International Very Casual 0.1 mi. S
Zen (246) 423-6220 Indian, Japanese, Thai Fine Dining 0.1 mi. S
The Seagrill -- Contemporary, International Fine Dining -- --
Chefette Six Roads (246) 416-8480 International Very Casual 2.2 mi. WNW
Sunbury House Courtyard Restaurant (246) 423-6270 International Informal 2.9 mi. WNW
Chefette Airport (246) 418-8770 International Very Casual 3.5 mi. SW

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover in Barbados, of course, so Crane Beach is not your only option.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Harrismith Beach, which is located within a couple of miles.

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


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