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 might want even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Though there are a lot of choices to be made on vacation, choosing the right beach can make all the difference. Before you arrive, consider some of Barbados' most interesting options, like Carlisle Bay.

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. Fortunately, showers are provided, so you don't have to spend the rest of the afternoon covered in sand. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

With that said, make sure you realize that while there are luckily options for amenities and services on location if you go to Carlisle Bay, it can be located in an area commonly frequented by travelers. With this in mind, if you know that these amenities affect whether you'll visit, it'll likely be a good motivator to show up earlier in the morning before the crowds fill up or go to a different beach away from the major areas. Or it's possible you may run the risk of the amenities becoming overwhelmed.

What's Nearby


Carlisle Bay is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on Barbados' South West coast; it's located near attractions like Errol Barrow Statue, which is a quarter mile away.

To some, museums and beaches may seem an odd combination, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Barbados National Heroes Gallery (found a quarter mile to the north-northwest) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new side of Barbados' history.

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

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 close to Bridgetown, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Carlisle Bay guests seeking further attractions might want to think about heading to Bridgetown, which is in the vicinity and is an especially active area of Barbados.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Visitors looking for a room close to Carlisle Bay won't find it very tough, as there are plenty of accommodations to pick from in the surrounding area. You'll find the closest and most convenient lodging options by looking over what's shown below.

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


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to walk to an area restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest restaurants is South Deck Restaurant. This restaurant has both Caribbean and International cuisines. Visitors often rave about their seafood.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown below.

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

There are other beaches in Barbados you might like besides Carlisle Bay.

You might also want to visit Paradise Beach, which is located within a couple of miles. 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.

Carlisle Bay could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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