Skeetes Bay

Skeetes Bay offers great swimming with the area's light waves and wonderful views of the overlooking cliffs. The area is fairly quiet, though it operates as a local fishing area for the community.

Set on the eastern edge of Whitehaven, 1.7 miles northwest of Coles Pasture, Skeetes Bay is on the East coast of Barbados. You might want whether or not you are staying very close. Even active vacationers with jam-packed itineraries will discover advantages to finding a beach that's a long way from the nearest major city; less popular beaches like Skeetes Bay might not be typical "beach scenes", but are nice and private.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is accessible to pedestrians and vehicles via local roads off of Highway 4B. Local signs will point you in the right direction, but keep an eye out for the Wishing Well bar, which is close to the entrance.

Amenities and Ambiance

Skeetes Bay can be found off the southeast coast of the island and features an ideal swimming location thanks to the bay water. Dramatic cliffs with lush foliage provide an excellent backdrop for the beach, while the turquoise waters ensure a wonderful photo opportunity. South of the Bay is Culpepper Island and Ragged Point lighthouse.

You won't have to worry about finding a bathroom at Skeetes Bay because there are public restrooms. Shower facilities are available here, so you can clean off the sand before hitting more attractions. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

the area surrounding Skeetes Bay is not exactly a tourism capital. What this means is that failing to find an available convenience while at the beach is not a scenario that you will be forced to do regularly, despite what time it is.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on Barbados' East coast; this area boasts other attractions such as Ragged Point Lighthouse, 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.

Historical attractions like St. Philip's Church offer a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Skeetes Bay, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Barbados, without having to go too far from the beach. In fact, this shoreline is only a brief cab ride away from this interesting historical site.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Skeetes Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Ragged Point Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.1 mi. E Barbados
Bushy Park Racing Circuit Auto Racetracks 2.4 mi. SW Barbados
St. Philip's Church Historical Site 3.5 mi. SW Barbados
St. John's Church Historical Site 3.5 mi. WNW Barbados
Sunbury Plantation House & Museum Museum 3.7 mi. SW Barbados
Heritage Park and Rum Factory Operating Distillery 4.9 mi. SSW Barbados
Cotton Tower Signal Historical Site 6.4 mi. WNW Barbados
Barbados Concorde Experience Museum 6.5 mi. SSW Barbados
Fisherpond Great House Historical Site 7.2 mi. W Barbados
Gun Hill Signal Station Historical Site 7.5 mi. W Barbados
Barbados Golf Club Golf Course 8.4 mi. SW Barbados
Aerial Trek Adventure Zip Line Site 8.7 mi. W Barbados

Cities and Towns

Not far away you'll find Bathsheba, a town which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From Skeetes Bay, Bathsheba is about six miles (nine and a half kilometers) away.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Skeetes Bay is not near very many major hotels, but you may see guests from some of the area's smaller options.

Guests will find a nice range of accommodations to choose from in the area that encircles the beach. The closest of which can be seen in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Skeetes Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Tropical Winds Apartment Hotel 3.0 S Hotel
The Crane Residential Resort 4.4 S Hotel
Atlantis Hotel 5.3 NW Hotel


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you visit a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, within a reachable distance. One of the closest restaurants is The Seagrill. The restaurant has both contemporary and International cuisines. They also specialize in seafood.

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

Restaurants near Skeetes Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
The Seagrill -- Contemporary, International Fine Dining -- --
Big Tavern Restaurant -- -- -- 3.7 mi. NW
Sunbury House Courtyard Restaurant (246) 423-6270 International Informal 3.7 mi. SW
Chefette Six Roads (246) 416-8480 International Very Casual 4.0 mi. SSW
Cutters of Barbados (246) 423-0611 American, International Very Casual 4.1 mi. S
D'Onofrio's Trattoria (246) 423-6220 Italian Very Casual 4.4 mi. S
L'Azure at the Crane (246) 423-6220 Caribbean, International Informal 4.4 mi. S
The Carriage House (246) 423-6220 American, International Very Casual 4.4 mi. S
The Coconut Grove Beach Bar & Grill (246) 423-6220 International Very Casual 4.4 mi. S
Zen (246) 423-6220 Indian, Japanese, Thai Fine Dining 4.4 mi. S

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches in Barbados, so if Skeetes Bay doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

You might also enjoy Consett Bay, situated within a mile or so. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Ragged Point offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby. It's found a half mile to the east-southeast.

Travelers may also want to consider Bath Beach, located within a couple of miles.

You may find that Skeetes Bay 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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