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 in St. Joseph Parish, Cattlewash Beach is on the North East coast of Barbados. You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. Cattlewash Beach is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's one of the best spots for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Other nearby beaches in Barbados offer views of the sea that are just as pretty, but are usually more crowded since they're located by some of the most popular tourist areas in town.

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.

The concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

If you tend to like shores which grant an angelic experience, then you will want to try Cattlewash Beach; it is hidden away in a less urban sector of the region.

What's Nearby


Cattlewash Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North East coast of Barbados. It is near some interesting sites like Cotton Tower Signal, which is one place of interest nearby.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. Attractions close to this beach can be found 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

Cattlewash Beach is very close to Bathsheba, so exploring the city is a convenient option. The nearby town of Bathsheba is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it's often visited by guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Although beach-goers will find relatively few hotels withing driving distance, those accommodations closest to Cattlewash Beach can be seen in the table that follows.

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 lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so there's no need to go too far from the sea. One of the closest restaurants is Bonito Beach Bar & Restaurant. This restaurant features Caribbean food.

Nearby restaurants are provided in the following table.

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

Travelers in search of the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices in Barbados besides Cattlewash Beach.

Another location you might enjoy is Consett Bay, an additional spot which offers plenty of opportunities to relax. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might like Bathsheba Beach.

You might also want to visit Barclays Park Beach, one of the many great Barbados beach sites.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Barbados; then again, Cattlewash Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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