Needham's Point

Needham's Point Beach features soft, white sand and access to the calm Caribbean sea thanks to the area's natural reefs. Swimming and snorkeling are popular activities here, while the plentiful tropical foliage provides excellent shade.

Positioned in the outer region of Bridgetown, three quarters of a mile south of "downtown," Needham's Point is on the South coast of Barbados. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Travelers who'd like to avoid renting a car will find that Needham's Point is a good choice for them. It's within walking distance of so many hotels and activities, and isn't far from the center of the city's action.

How to Access The Beach
Needham's Point is accessible by car and foot. Taxis and shuttles make frequent stops nearby, as the beach is directly south of the Barbados Hilton. Drivers should keep an eye out for signs off of Highway 7.

Amenities and Ambiance

Needham's Point Beach is located on the southwest of the island, with Carlisle Bay and Pebbles and Brownes Beach to the north. Natural reefs directly off of the coast ensure that the turquoise waters remain calm, while the soft sand provides ideal space to sunbathe.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

Remember to take into account that Needham's Point's immediate surroundings are is a much-visited area, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Needham's Point on Barbados' South coast; it's located near attractions like Needhams Point Lighthouse, which is pretty close, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

Museums and beaches may seem an odd combination to some, but plenty of visitors find that museums like Barbados Museum and Historical Society (located just a quick cab ride or walk away) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a whole new way to view Barbados' traditions and culture.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Needham's Point
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Needhams Point Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.1 mi. NE Barbados
Charles Fort Historical Site 0.1 mi. NW Barbados
Gravesend Military Cemetery Historical Site 0.1 mi. NE Barbados
St. Ann's Garrison Historical Site 0.4 mi. ENE Barbados
Play Fair Arcade Aquatic Gap Slot Machine Arcade 0.4 mi. NE Barbados
George Washington House Historical Site 0.4 mi. NE Barbados
Garrison Savannah Historical Site 0.5 mi. ENE Barbados
Statue Of Sir Grantley Adams Monument 0.6 mi. N Barbados
Barbados Museum and Historical Society Museum 0.7 mi. ENE Barbados
Hastings Boardwalk Western End Trailhead 0.8 mi. E Barbados
D'Fast Lime Arcade Slot Machine Arcade 0.9 mi. E Barbados
Hastings Boardwalk Scenic Trail 1.1 mi. E Barbados

Cities and Towns

Needham's Point is close to Bridgetown, so walking the city is a definite option. Tourists at Needham's Point who are hoping to find further attractions might think about checking out Bridgetown, which is nearby and is an active, busy area.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Vacationers trying to find a place to stay not far from Needham's Point shouldn't find it that tough, as there are plenty of resorts and hotels to choose from in the vicinity. You'll find the closest, most convenient booking options by looking over those listed below.

Accommodations near Needham's Point
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hilton Hotel Barbados 0.1 mi. N Hotel
Island Inn Hotel 0.3 mi. NE Hotel
Radisson Aquatica Resort 0.4 mi. NNE Resort
Grand Barbados Beach Resort 0.4 mi. NE Resort
Savannah Hotel 0.4 mi. E Hotel
Bajan Beach Cottages 0.5 mi. NNE Cottages
Amaryllis Beach Resort 0.5 mi. E Resort
Coconut Court Beach Resort 0.7 mi. E Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott 0.7 mi. E Hotel
Soco Hotel 0.9 mi. E Hotel


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to enjoy a meal at an area restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest places to eat is Lighthouse Restaurant. The restaurant features eclectic food. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's not far off the beach at all.

The table below provides a list of dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Needham's Point
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Lighthouse Restaurant (246) 426-0200 Eclectic Informal 0.1 mi. N
The Grille at Hilton Barbados (246) 426-0200 Caribbean, International Fine Dining 0.1 mi. N
Cuz's Fish Stand -- -- -- 0.3 mi. NNE
The Boardwalk Restaurant (246) 436-6393 Caribbean, Fusion Fine Dining 0.3 mi. NE
Brown Sugar (246) 426-7684 Caribbean, Creole, International Very Casual 0.4 mi. NE
Pier 1 Restaurant (246) 426-4000 Eclectic Informal 0.4 mi. NE
Boucan Wine And Bar Restaurant (246) 228-3800 -- -- 0.4 mi. E
Almond Tree Restaurant & Beach Bar (246) 438-8000 Bajan, International, Mediterranean Informal 0.5 mi. E
Mama Mia (246) 434-3354 Italian Very Casual 0.6 mi. E
Blue Room Sports Bar & Grill -- Eclectic Very Casual 0.7 mi. E
Seagrape Beach Bar (246) 427-1655 Eclectic Very Casual 0.7 mi. E
The Deck Restaurant and Bar (246) 427-1655 Caribbean Fine Dining 0.7 mi. E

Other Beaches

Barbados has several beautiful beaches, so Needham's Point is not your only option.

If the active mood at Needham's Point is one of the features you love, think about also visiting Gibbs Beach, another location where you'll find fun and action. It is located 11 miles to the north. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Drill Hall Beach is an area removed from some more heavily-traveled spots. It is located just a little ways away.

You may also want to consider Carlisle Bay, which is located a mile to the north.

Barbados has a lot to offer its visitors, but Needham's Point is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


Help us improve! We welcome your corrections and suggestions.