Harrismith Beach

Harrismith Beach, also known as Cave Bay due to the number of hidden caves along the coast, is an isolated little cove perfect for romantic beach trips and quiet picnics. There are no lifeguards on duty, and the beach is known to experience a strong undertow at times, so caution is recommended.

Situated near the heart of St. Philip Parish, 1.9 miles northeast of Diamond Valley, Harrismith Beach is on the South East edge of Barbados. You might want even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. The surrounding region is not packed with guests, but that doesn't mean you won't find things to do here.

How to Access The Beach
From the Harrismith Plantation House, visitors take a row of old stone steps down to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Backed by the ruins of a plantation on a cliff side and a smattering of coconut palms, Harrismith Beach has a historic appeal that draws many visitors for an afternoon picnic on the soft white sand. The beach is protected by a offshore reef, which also promoted a bit of an undertow. Yet, close to shore, there clear shallow waters are perfect for dining sea sponges and other marine life.

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

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on Barbados' South East coast. It is near Ragged Point Lighthouse, which is seen two and a half miles to the north, and it is one of a few favorite local destinations.

If you want to combine some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Sunbury Plantation House & Museum, a lovely museum found easily by taxi, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Harrismith Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Ragged Point Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.6 N Barbados
Bushy Park Racing Circuit Auto Racetracks 2.7 WNW Barbados
Sunbury Plantation House & Museum Museum 3.5 W Barbados
Heritage Park and Rum Factory Operating Distillery 3.8 WSW Barbados
St. Philip's Church Historical Site 4.0 W Barbados

Cities and Towns

Harrismith Beach is near Bathsheba, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Bathsheba is nearby and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the coast, Bathsheba is found maybe eight and a half miles (14 kilometers) away.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked rooms nearby. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Visitors trying to find a room near the beach shouldn't find it that tough, as there are lots of resorts and hotels to pick from in the vicinity. You'll find the closest booking options by viewing what's listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Harrismith Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Tropical Winds Apartment Hotel 0.4 WNW Hotel
The Crane Residential Resort 1.7 SW Hotel
Casa Grande Hotel 3.7 SW Resort


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you dine at an area restaurant, where you can dive into Barbados' specialty dishes, without having to go far. One of the closest places to eat is The Seagrill. The restaurant offers both contemporary and International menu items. They also specialize in seafood.

The following table lists places to eat near this beach.

Restaurants near Harrismith Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
The Seagrill -- Contemporary, International Fine Dining -- --
Cutters of Barbados (246) 423-0611 American, International Very Casual 1.6 mi. SW
D'Onofrio's Trattoria (246) 423-6220 Italian Very Casual 1.7 mi. SW
L'Azure at the Crane (246) 423-6220 Caribbean, International Informal 1.7 mi. SW
The Carriage House (246) 423-6220 American, International Very Casual 1.7 mi. SW
The Coconut Grove Beach Bar & Grill (246) 423-6220 International Very Casual 1.7 mi. SW
Zen (246) 423-6220 Indian, Japanese, Thai Fine Dining 1.7 mi. SW
Chefette Six Roads (246) 416-8480 International Very Casual 3.1 mi. W
Sunbury House Courtyard Restaurant (246) 423-6270 International Informal 3.5 mi. W

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches in Barbados, so Harrismith Beach is just one of your options.

Travelers may also want to consider Crane Beach, which is located a mile and a half to the south west. Travelers seeking a beautiful beach with gorgeous island scenery and moderate waters will enjoy Crane Beach. Water sports, especially body surfing, are popular here, but there's also a calm cove for swimming.

You may find that Harrismith Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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