River Bay

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River Bay is surrounded by dramatic rock formations and features exciting waves that pound the shoreline. The area is a popular spot for walking and picnics, but isn't ideal for swimming.

Set in St. Lucy Parish, 0.5 miles east of Seaview, River Bay is on the North coast of Barbados. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. River Bay is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's one of the best spots for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Other nearby beaches in Barbados may have the same pleasing, tropical setting as River Bay, but are usually busier since they're found in the most popular parts of town.

How to Access The Beach
Access to River Bay requires a short climb, so be sure you're physically prepared. The government recently developed the area with a road and bathroom facilities, which can be accessed off of Highway 1C.

Amenities and Ambiance

The area is surrounded by dramatic rock formations and tends to be uncrowded. A river runs into the Atlantic ocean, making the area an excellent place for exploration. Whales and other wildlife have been spotted from the shoreline, so be sure to bring a camera!

You won't have to worry about finding a bathroom at River Bay because there are public restrooms. You'll appreciate that showers are available, so you can clean off the sand before hitting more attractions. Also, visitors can access lounge chairs at this beach. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

Tourist that hope to take advantage of the comforts offered here will be thankful; River Bay is located in a region that is rarely overpopulated. Thankfully, because of this you will generally find all facilities open to use, not having been scooped up by others.

What's Nearby


This spot is on Barbados' North coast; it's located near attractions like St. Nicholas Abbey, which is three miles away.

If you want to learn more about the history of Barbados, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. One of the nearest historical attractions is Grenade Hall Forest Signal Station, which is four miles away.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near River Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
St. Nicholas Abbey Museum 3.1 S Barbados
Harrison Point Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.7 W Barbados
Grenade Hall Forest Signal Station Historical Site 3.8 S Barbados
Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill Historical Site 3.9 SSE Barbados
Frangipani Art Gallery Art Gallery 4.8 SW Barbados

Cities and Towns

River Bay is very close to Speightstown, so a trip into the city is a definite option. River Bay tourists looking for other opportunities for exploration might consider going to Speightstown, because it's close-by and is a particularly busy area of Barbados.


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may encounter guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

Guests looking for a room near the beach will find themselves in luck, as there is no shortage of accommodations to pick from in the vicinity. You can find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by viewing those shown in the following table.

Accommodations near River Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Little Good Harbour 4.8 SW Hotel
Sugar Cane Club Hotel And Spa 4.9 SW Hotel
Almond Beach Village 5.5 SW Hotel


While this location isn't located in the culinary epicenter of the area, you can still satisfy your hunger, particularly if you are prepared to venture a little out of the way. One of the nearest restaurants is The Fish Pot, which is five miles to the south west of it.

A few nearby dining options are included in the following table.

Restaurants near River Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
The Fish Pot (246) 439-2604 Mediterranean Informal 4.8 mi. SW
La Salsa Restaurant & Bar (246) 422-5026 International Informal 4.9 mi. SW

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them in Barbados will have lots of options besides River Bay.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Mullins Beach, found just a cab 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 more action, and isn't far from nearby attractions. It's located a mile and a half to the southeast.

Vacationers may also want to visit Six Men's Bay, which is located not a great distance away, meaning a quick ride in a taxi can take you where you want to go.

You may find that River Bay is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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