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 Bridgetown, Carlisle Bay is on the South West coast of Barbados. You should consider dropping by even if you are not staying particularly close by. You may notice that beaches throughout Barbados tend to be pretty quiet, but Carlisle Bay is a little different.

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.

There is also a concession stand available.

For your convenience, restrooms are available at Carlisle Bay. You'll appreciate that showers are available, so you don't have to go back to your hotel sandy. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you want to see the underwater world.

Carlisle Bay including its availability of conveniences can be located inside a major tourist area. This means that if you think these amenities are a deciding factor, it'll be a good motivator to get there early in the day before the crowds or perhaps even going to a more secluded beach away from the major areas. Otherwise, you might lose the chance to fully use all those comforts that the beach has for its guests.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Carlisle Bay on Barbados' South West coast. It is near some interesting sites like Errol Barrow Statue, which is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is one of a number of favorite local destinations.

If you want to combine a little culture with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Barbados National Heroes Gallery. This museum is located a quarter mile away, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

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 guests looking for additional places to explore might want to consider making the trip to Bridgetown, which is not far away and is a particularly busy area of Barbados.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Since the beach is in a relatively popular tourist area, it shouldn't be that difficult to find just the right type of hotel close-by. If you're hoping to book a place that's near the water, the table that follows shows the closest options 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


If you visit the beach around lunchtime the area near this beach provides some viable options, so you won't have to wander too far away. One of the nearest restaurants is South Deck Restaurant. The restaurant serves both Caribbean and International cuisines. They also specialize in seafood.

Some nearby restaurant options are provided 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

Needless to say, Carlisle Bay isn't the only beach worth visitng in Barbados.

Another location you may want to try is Paradise Beach, located three miles to the north-northwest. 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.

There's plenty to see and do in Barbados, and Carlisle Bay is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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