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 part of Bridgetown, Carlisle Bay is on the South West coast of Barbados. You might think about stopping by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. With its home in much-visited location, Carlisle Bay is a solid option for visitors seeking a wide variety of things to do and see.

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.

Restrooms are available at Carlisle Bay. Shower facilities are available, so you don't have to go back to your hotel sandy. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

Though, please keep in mind that while there are options for amenities for you to enjoy at Carlisle Bay, it is located inside an active, busy area. If you seek to avoid the crowds, it'll be an appropriate motivator to plan your visit out to beat all the other tourists, maybe coming first thing in the morning. If you arrive later, you could lose the chance to use the amenities which the beach offers its guests.

What's Nearby


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

If you're intrigued by Barbados' history, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. The nearest historical attraction is St. Michael's Cathedral, which is accessible on foot or in a cab.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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
Winning Streak Gambling Arcade 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
Art and Stage Art Gallery 0.4 mi. NNW Barbados
Diamond Tower Arcade Slot Machine Arcade 0.4 mi. N Barbados
Lucky 7 Arcade Bridgetown Slot Machine Arcade 0.4 mi. N Barbados
Pot-O-Gold Arcade Slot Machine Arcade 0.5 mi. N Barbados
Art Foundry Art Gallery 0.5 mi. NW Barbados

Cities and Towns

Carlisle Bay is in the Bridgetown area, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Those visiting Carlisle Bay who are seeking further attractions will want to consider heading over to Bridgetown, because it's nearby and is an area full of activity.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Because this beach is in a fairly popular vacation area, it is not usually all that difficult to find a hotel nearby that suits your needs. For visitors hoping to find a place that's on or near the water, the following table lists the closest accommodations to Carlisle Bay.

Accommodations near Carlisle Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Bajan Beach Cottages 0.6 mi. SSE Cottages
Melbourne Hotel and Apartments 0.7 mi. ENE Hotel
Radisson Aquatica Resort 0.7 mi. S Resort
Grand Barbados Beach Resort 0.7 mi. SSE 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
Amaryllis Beach Resort 1.2 mi. SSE Resort
Coconut Court Beach Resort 1.3 mi. SE Hotel


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so you won't have to wander too far from the sea. One of the nearest places to eat is South Deck Restaurant. This restaurant offers both Caribbean and International menu items. They are also famous for their seafood.

Nearby dining options are included in the following table.

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
Wispers On The Bay (246) 435-9486 Asian, Caribbean, Italian Fine Dining 0.1 mi. ENE
Lobster Alive (246) 435-0305 Caribbean Very Casual 0.2 mi. NNW
KFC Fairchild Street (246) 436-9342 American Very Casual 0.2 mi. N
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 -- --
Copacabana Beach Bar and Grill (246) 426-0839 Caribbean Very Casual 0.4 mi. SE
Roti Hut Plus (246) 436-1959 International Very Casual 0.4 mi. NW
KFC Diamond Tower (246) 228-5044 American Very Casual -- --
Access Point Internet Cafe (246) 426-3456 -- -- -- --
Archie's Deli (246) 426-7441 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Barbados has many nice beaches, so if Carlisle Bay doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

Travelers may also want to consider Paradise Beach, located not too far away, which means a quick ride in a taxi can take you where you want to go. 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, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Barbados you might like.


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