Folkestone Beach

Folkestone Beach features calm, clear waters and dark tan sand perfect for families. Along with the ideal swimming conditions, numerous reefs (both natural and formed by shipwrecks) make the area an excellent snorkeling destination.

Located along the northern outskirts of Holetown, Folkestone Beach is on the West coast of Barbados. You should consider dropping by even if you are not staying nearby. You may notice that beaches throughout Barbados are usually somewhat secluded and quiet, but at Folkestone Beach your experience will be different.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is accessible by pedestrians and vehicles via local signage. Travelers should keep an eye out for signs to the Folkestone Marine Park and Museum off of Highway 1.

Amenities and Ambiance

Folkestone Beach is located on the west coast of the island and benefits from the calm waters of the Caribbean sea. Light foliage provides ideal shade spots, while the tanned . The beach is also in close proximity to the Folkestone Marine Park and Museum, promising that the area is centrally focused on beach life.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative.

Facilities such as showers, picnic tables, and restrooms are offered at this beach, meaning guests will find all their needs taken care of, allowing for an entire day here.

Also, lounge chairs are available for use at this spot. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

Even so, it is important be sensitive to the fact that even if you will be able to find options for comforts present while at Folkestone Beach, it is found in an area that sees many visitors. This means that if you're sure that these amenities make or break a trip, naturally, it's an appropriate cause to get there earlier in the day well before the crowds or try a beach in a more remote area. Otherwise, you could run the risk of all of the services being overcrowded.

What's Nearby


Folkestone Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on Barbados' West coast. Folkstone Marine Park is one of the popular spots in the area.

If you want to mix a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Folkstone Museum, one of the closest museums, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Folkestone Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Folkstone Marine Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 0.0 mi. ENE Barbados
Folkstone Museum Museum 0.0 mi. ENE Barbados
St. James Church Historical Site 0.1 mi. E Barbados
Holetown Monument Monument 0.4 mi. SSE Barbados
NuEdge Art Gallery Art Gallery 0.4 mi. SE Barbados
Barbados Arts Council Arts Organization 0.5 mi. SSE Barbados
Sandy Lane Old Nine Golf Course Golf Course 1.4 mi. S Barbados
Royal Westmoreland Golf Course 1.4 mi. NE Barbados
Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum Museum 1.6 mi. E Barbados
Sandy Lane Country Club Golf Course Golf Course 1.8 mi. SE Barbados
Sandy Lane Green Monkey Golf Course Golf Course 2.1 mi. SE Barbados
Lucky Horseshoe Saloon Bagatelle Slot Machine Arcade 2.8 mi. SE Barbados

Cities and Towns

Folkestone Beach is near Holetown, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Tourists at Folkestone Beach who are looking for some additional excitement might consider checking out Holetown, which is nearby and is an especially active area of Barbados. From the beach, Holetown is a fairly short distance away, about a short distance away.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full nearby hotel rooms are. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Visitors looking for a room near Folkestone Beach won't find it that difficult, as there is no shortage of hotels to pick from in the vicinity. You'll find the closest and most convenient booking options by viewing what's listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Folkestone Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Coral Reef Club 0.1 mi. N Hotel
Settlers Beach Villa Hotel 0.2 mi. SE Hotel
Colony Club Hotel 0.2 mi. N Hotel
The Sandpiper 0.2 mi. SE Hotel
Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts 0.3 mi. SE Resort
Mango Bay 0.3 mi. SE Hotel
Sunswept Beach Hotel 0.5 mi. S Hotel
Fairmont Royal Pavilion 0.7 mi. N Resort
The Lone Star Hotel 0.9 mi. N Hotel
Divi Heritage -- -- Hotel


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the nearest places to eat is Coral Reef Club Restaurant. The restaurant serves delicious International cuisine. Many guests rave about their seafood.

Nearby restaurants are listed in the following table.

Restaurants near Folkestone Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Coral Reef Club Restaurant (246) 422-2372 International Informal 0.1 mi. N
Spago Settler's Beach (246) 422-3245 Italian Informal 0.2 mi. SE
Laguna (246) 422-2335 Contemporary, Continental Informal 0.2 mi. N
The Orchid (246) 422-2335 Caribbean Fine Dining 0.2 mi. N
The Sunset Deck (246) 422-2335 Continental Very Casual 0.2 mi. N
Sandpiper Restaurant (246) 422-2251 Caribbean Informal 0.2 mi. SE
Ragamuffins (246) 432-1295 Caribbean, Eclectic Informal -- --
Elbow Room (246) 432-1927 Eclectic Informal 0.4 mi. SE
Blue Rare (246) 432-6557 International Informal -- --
Spago Holetown (246) 422-3245 Italian Informal -- --
Sitar Indian Restaurant (246) 432-2248 Indian Informal -- --
Patisserie and Bistro Flindt (246) 432-2626 International Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them will have other options if Folkestone Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

If the active mood at Folkestone Beach has you wanting more of the same, consider heading to Gibbs Beach, a spot with the same type of electricity. If you're looking for a more secluded beach experience, you might find what you want at Colony Club Beach.

You may also enjoy Batts Rock Beach, one of the many great Barbados beach sites.

Maybe Folkestone Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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