Carlisle Bay

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Featuring shallow entry and mild waves, the Carlisle Bay is an excellent place to go for a calm swim. Surrounded by local shops and restaurants, the beach is immediately accessible from the main road. Pristine sand is perfect for sunbathers.

Located in the southeastern portion of Bridgetown, Carlisle Bay is on the South West coast of Barbados. You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying nearby. Though you'll make many choices while on vacation, choosing a suitable beach may be one of the more important things you do. Carlisle Bay is one of many fun beaches in Barbados to consider.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is accessible for pedestrians and vehicles and is located directly off of Highway 7. Taxis and a nearby bus terminal allows easy access for those cruise passengers.

Amenities and Ambiance

Carlisle Bay's beach area enjoys the calm waters of the bay and the close proximity to the capital city. Tropical foliage dots the landscape, though there is little shade to be had when compared to other beaches.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Carlisle Bay is the ultimate convenience.

There are public restrooms at this beach——something you'll appreciate if you bring the kids along. Showers are provided for visitors, so you can clean up before leaving. Happily, the off-shore waters are fit for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

Carlisle Bay plus its choice of amenities are of course located well within a popular area that can get crowded. If you seek to avoid the crowds, it should be a good reason to plan ahead to beat all the other tourists, such as coming earlier in the morning. Or you may miss the chance to completely enjoy all the amenities that the beach has on site.

What's Nearby


Carlisle Bay is on Barbados' South West coast; the area hosts attractions such as Errol Barrow Statue, which is a quarter mile away.

Museums and beaches may seem an odd combination to some, but at least a few travelers find that museums like Barbados National Heroes Gallery (situated a quarter mile to the north-northwest) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new perspective of Barbados.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Carlisle Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Errol Barrow Statue Monument 0.2 mi. N Barbados
Independence Arch Monument 0.3 mi. NNW Barbados
Dolphin Fountain In Heroes Square Monument 0.3 mi. NNW Barbados
Lord Nelson's Bronze Statue Monument 0.3 mi. NNW Barbados
Barbados National Heroes Gallery Museum 0.3 mi. NNW Barbados
St. Michael's Cathedral Historical Site 0.4 mi. N Barbados
Statue Of Sir Grantley Adams Monument 0.5 mi. SSE Barbados
Jewish Museum Museum 0.5 mi. NNW Barbados
Montefiore Fountain Monument 0.6 mi. NNW Barbados
Lucky Horseshoe City Centre Slot Machine Arcade 0.6 mi. NW Barbados
Barbados Arts Council Arts Organization 0.8 mi. WNW Barbados
George Washington House Historical Site 0.8 mi. SSE Barbados

Cities and Towns

Carlisle Bay is near Bridgetown, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Tourists at Carlisle Bay who are seeking a little additional excitement will want to consider going to Bridgetown, since it's in the vicinity and is a particularly busy area of Barbados.


How many other people you encounter at Carlisle Bay will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Since this beach is situated in a pretty touristed area, it typically isn't a great challenge to find a hotel close-by that suits you tastes. For visitors hoping to get a place that's near the ocean, the following table lists the accommodations closest to Carlisle Bay.

Accommodations near Carlisle Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Nautilus Beach Apartments 0.6 mi. SSE Villa complex
Bajan Beach Cottages 0.6 mi. SSE Cottages
Radisson Aquatica Resort 0.7 mi. S Resort
Island Inn Hotel 0.8 mi. SSE Hotel
Hilton Hotel Barbados 0.9 mi. S Hotel
Sweetfield Manor Historic Inn 1.1 mi. ESE B & B
Savannah Hotel 1.1 mi. SSE Hotel
Palm Beach Villas 1.3 mi. SSE Villa complex
Courtyard by Marriott 1.3 mi. SE Hotel
Coconut Court Beach Resort 1.3 mi. SE Hotel


If during your visit you start getting hungry, this beach has you covered, and you don't have to go far from the sea. One of the nearest restaurants is South Deck Restaurant. This restaurant serves both Caribbean and International menu items. They are also known for serving seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's only a short distance away.

The table below lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Carlisle Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
South Deck Restaurant (246) 826-4448 Caribbean, International Very Casual 0.0 mi. N
The Boatyard (246) 826-4448 Caribbean Informal 0.0 mi. N
Chicken Barn (246) 228-6381 Caribbean Very Casual 0.1 mi. NNW
Lobster Alive (246) 435-0305 Caribbean Very Casual 0.2 mi. NNW
Waterfront Cafe (246) 427-0093 Caribbean, Creole, International Very Casual 0.3 mi. NW
Chefette Heroes Square (240) 430-3450 International Very Casual 0.3 mi. NNW
Chefette Marhill Street (246) 430-3440 International Very Casual 0.4 mi. N
Balcony (246) 629-4686 Bajan, Caribbean Informal 0.4 mi. NNW
Copacabana Beach Bar and Grill (246) 426-0839 Caribbean Very Casual 0.4 mi. SE
Bibi's Snacks (246) 430-6715 -- -- -- --
Bump and Wine Cafe (246) 228-4289 Bajan Very Casual -- --
Italia Coffee Colonnade (246) 430-6620 Italian -- 0.5 mi. NW

Other Beaches

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

Vacationers may also want to visit Paradise Beach, located three miles away. Travelers seeking a beautiful beach on Barbados' west coast need look no further than Paradise Beach. Calm waters make it an ideal spot for travelers of all ages.

Maybe Carlisle Bay is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, Barbados offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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