Drill Hall Beach

Drill Hall Beach is a large beach area off the southwest coast of the island. A shallow reef directly offshore makes for great surfing, as it creates waves, though it isn't ideal for swimming. The expansive pink sand, numerous trees, and surrounding picnic tables make the area great for lounging and taking in the water sports.

Positioned toward the outskirts of Bridgetown, three quarters of a mile south-southeast of downtown, Drill Hall Beach is on the South edge of Barbados. You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. Travelers who prefer walking over driving to their next destination will like how easy it is to reach Drill Hall Beach. It's convenient to nearby hotels and attractions since it isn't far from the city's major hubs.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is accessible to both pedestrians and vehicles. Drivers should look for car park signs off of Highway 7. Those who prefer public transportation can utilize shuttles or taxis to get to the Barbados Hilton, which is within walking distance of the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Drill Hall Beach is fairly large and features pink sand and lush foliage. The beautiful blue sea is perfect for catching waves on a boogie or surf board, with the active waves created by the shallow reef located shortly off the coast. West of the beach is the famous Needhams Point, while the Garrison lies farther inland.

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

Remember to take into account that Drill Hall Beach is in an area which is an urban area, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby


Drill Hall Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the South coast of Barbados; it's located near attractions like Gravesend Military Cemetery, which is only a short distance away, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

If you're interested in combining a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to Barbados Museum and Historical Society. This museum is located a half mile to the northeast, 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 Drill Hall Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Gravesend Military Cemetery Historical Site 0.1 mi. NW Barbados
Needhams Point Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.2 mi. WNW Barbados
St. Ann's Garrison Historical Site 0.2 mi. NE Barbados
Charles Fort Historical Site 0.3 mi. W Barbados
Garrison Savannah Historical Site 0.3 mi. NE Barbados
George Washington House Historical Site 0.3 mi. NNE Barbados
Play Fair Arcade Aquatic Gap Slot Machine Arcade 0.3 mi. N Barbados
Barbados Museum and Historical Society Museum 0.6 mi. NE Barbados
Statue Of Sir Grantley Adams Monument 0.6 mi. N Barbados
Hastings Boardwalk Western End Trailhead 0.6 mi. ESE Barbados
D'Fast Lime Arcade Slot Machine Arcade 0.7 mi. ESE Barbados
Hastings Boardwalk Scenic Trail 0.9 mi. ESE Barbados

Cities and Towns

Drill Hall Beach is very close to Bridgetown, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Drill Hall Beach visitors looking for further attractions might think about heading to Bridgetown, which is in the vicinity and is an active, busy area.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how full nearby hotel rooms are. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Since the beach is located in a pretty popular vacation destination, it usually isn't a great challenge to find the kind of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you are looking to get a place that's on or near the water, the table below lists the closest accommodations to Drill Hall Beach.

Accommodations near Drill Hall Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Savannah Hotel 0.2 mi. E Hotel
Hilton Hotel Barbados 0.2 mi. WNW Hotel
Amaryllis Beach Resort 0.3 mi. E Resort
Island Inn Hotel 0.3 mi. N Hotel
Grand Barbados Beach Resort 0.3 mi. N Resort
Radisson Aquatica Resort 0.4 mi. N Resort
Coconut Court Beach Resort 0.5 mi. E Hotel
Bajan Beach Cottages 0.5 mi. N Cottages
Courtyard by Marriott 0.5 mi. E Hotel
Soco Hotel 0.7 mi. ESE Hotel


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Drill Hall Beach; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the nearest places to eat is Boucan Wine And Bar Restaurant. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's not far off the beach at all.

Some nearby restaurant options are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Drill Hall Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Boucan Wine And Bar Restaurant (246) 228-3800 -- -- 0.2 mi. E
Lighthouse Restaurant (246) 426-0200 Eclectic Informal 0.2 mi. WNW
The Grille at Hilton Barbados (246) 426-0200 Caribbean, International Fine Dining 0.2 mi. WNW
Brown Sugar (246) 426-7684 Caribbean, Creole, International Very Casual 0.3 mi. N
Almond Tree Restaurant & Beach Bar (246) 438-8000 Bajan, International, Mediterranean Informal 0.3 mi. E
The Boardwalk Restaurant (246) 436-6393 Caribbean, Fusion Fine Dining 0.3 mi. N
Cuz's Fish Stand -- -- -- 0.3 mi. N
Pier 1 Restaurant (246) 426-4000 Eclectic Informal 0.3 mi. N
Mama Mia (246) 434-3354 Italian Very Casual 0.4 mi. E
Blue Room Sports Bar & Grill -- Eclectic Very Casual 0.5 mi. E
Seagrape Beach Bar (246) 427-1655 Eclectic Very Casual 0.5 mi. E
The Deck Restaurant and Bar (246) 427-1655 Caribbean Fine Dining 0.5 mi. E

Other Beaches

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices in Barbados besides Drill Hall Beach.

Another location you might enjoy is Foul Bay, where there's usually lots of activity. You'll find it 11 miles to the east. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Needham's Point is a location which doesn't host as many visitors. You'll find it not far off the beach at all.

Another location you may want to try is Carlisle Bay, which is located within a short distance.

Perhaps Drill Hall Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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