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 toward the eastern outskirts of Diamond Valley, Crane Beach is on the South East coast of Barbados. You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Seeking a beach that best suits your style of relaxation? Some prefer to choose one that is usually less active, but could still provide opportunities for social interaction; that's why somewhat secluded areas like Crane Beach make good vacation hangouts.

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 snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. On some days, it may be possible to get lunch from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Luckily, chairs and umbrellas will be available for visitors seeking a shaded area to relax. You'll find the waters off-shore to be of good snorkeling quality, so bring your gear if you are looking to do some underwater exploration. 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

Attractions

This spot is on Barbados' South East coast; it's located near attractions like Heritage Park and Rum Factory, which is two and a half miles away.

Historical attractions like St. Philip's Church offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of Crane Beach, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Barbados, without having to go too far from the beach. In fact, this shore is three and a half miles from this interesting historical site.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never get bored. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Crane Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
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
Fisherpond Great House Historical Site 8.6 mi. WNW Barbados

Cities and Towns

Crane Beach is close to St. Lawrence Gap, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Guests visiting Crane Beach who are hoping to find a little additional excitement might want to think about going to St. Lawrence Gap, because it's close-by and is an area full of activity.

Hotels

How many other people you encounter at Crane Beach will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few other guests who are staying close by.

Guests hoping to find a room near Crane Beach should find themselves in luck, as there is no shortage of resorts and hotels to choose from in the immediate vicinity. You can find the closest hotel booking options by looking over those listed in the table that follows.

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

Food

Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Crane Beach; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest restaurants is D'Onofrio's Trattoria. This restaurant features Italian food. They are also known for serving family fare and pizza. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a little ways away.

The table below lists restaurants closest to this beach.

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

Crane Beach isn't the only beach worth checking out in Barbados.

Vacationers may also want to visit Harrismith Beach, located within a couple of miles.

Of course, Barbados has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but Crane Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.

 

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