Cattlewash Beach

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Cattlewash Beach, a long stretch of dark tan sand on the east coast of the island, features rugged cliffs and active waves that make for excellent surfing or a relaxing tanning spot. Casual swimming is discouraged, as the waves from the Atlantic make for strong currents, though the area contains rock pools for bathing.

Located near the heart of St. Joseph Parish, Cattlewash Beach is on the North East coast of Barbados. You should consider stopping by whether or not you're staying very close. Do you dream of finding a beach tucked into an untouched part of town? Many visitors seek a beach that isn't crowded into a major metropolitan area; beautiful but out-of-the-way beaches like Cattlewash Beach are perfect for getting away from it all.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is accessible via the Ermy Bourne Highway for both pedestrians and vehicles. The beach runs parallel to the highway, with parking areas at various points throughout.

Amenities and Ambiance

Cattlewash Beach stretches across the east coast of the island and is representative of the beauty of natural Barbados. Small, simple houses dot the otherwise natural landscape of tropical foliage and limestone rock formations. The tan sand is perfect for laying out, while the reef pools make for excellent areas to kick back.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

If you tend to prefer beach days which offer those who visit a relaxing enclave, then you will want to try Cattlewash Beach; it is hidden away within a less urban sector of Barbados.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Cattlewash Beach is on Barbados' North East coast; it's located near attractions like Cotton Tower Signal, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Cattlewash Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Cotton Tower Signal Historical Site 1.9 mi. S Barbados

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of Bathsheba is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may encounter guests from some of the area's smaller options.

Though travelers generally won't find very many places to stay in the surrounding areas, those accommodation options closest to the beach are shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Cattlewash Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Round House Inn 0.9 mi. SE Guest house
Sea-U! Guest House 1.6 mi. SE Hotel
Atlantis Hotel -- -- Hotel


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you don't have to go far from the sea. One of the closest restaurants is Bonito Beach Bar & Restaurant. This restaurant serves Caribbean cuisine.

Some nearby restaurant options are shown below.

Restaurants near Cattlewash Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bonito Beach Bar & Restaurant (246) 433-9034 Caribbean Informal -- --
Round House Inn Restaurant & Bar (246) 433-9678 Caribbean, International Informal 0.9 mi. SE
Bathsheba Railway Restaurant And Bar -0 -- -- -- --
Dina's Bar And Cafe 433-9726 -- -- -- --
Sea-U's! Restaurant (246) 433-9450 Caribbean Informal 1.6 mi. SE
Atlantis (246) 433-9445 Caribbean -- -- --
Naniki Restaurant (246) 433-1300 Caribbean, Vegetarian Informal 2.0 mi. SSW
Sand Dunes Bar and Restaurant (246) 422-9427 Bajan Very Casual -- --
Big Tavern Restaurant -- -- -- -- --
Paulo's Churrasco Do Brasil (246) 421-6767 Brazilian Informal -- --

Other Beaches

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices in Barbados besides Cattlewash Beach.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Consett Bay, another area that offers sufficient quietude and peace. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might find that Bathsheba Beach is just right.

You may also want to consider Barclays Park Beach, another great beach choice in Barbados.

Barbados has so much to offer, and Cattlewash Beach offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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