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 toward the northern outskirts of Holetown, Folkestone Beach is on the West coast of Barbados. You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. Social beachgoers may particularly enjoy this beach due to its urban location. In fact, Folkestone Beach is probably a great fit for guests of nearby hotels, and those who don't mind large groups of people.

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 at this spot is also an option.

Visitors to Folkestone Beach will find it is equipped with picnic tables, showers, and restrooms.

Additionally, visitors can take advantage of lounge chairs at this beach. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring your equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

With that said, try to see that even though you can find some amenities (BLANK) at Folkestone Beach, it happens to be found in an active, busy area. Taking that into consideration, if your ideal vacation means the amenities influence your decision, naturally, it's a smart idea to visit early in the day prior to when the crowds fill up or perhaps even going to a more secluded beach further away. If you come later, it's possible you may find the amenities becoming overwhelmed.

What's Nearby


Folkestone Beach is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on Barbados' West coast. It is close to Folkstone Marine Park, which is one of a few attractions in the area.

If you're interested in combining some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Folkstone Museum, one of the closest museums, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

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 1.3 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 in the Holetown area, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Tourists at Folkestone Beach who are seeking other interesting places to see might want to think about heading to Holetown, which is not far away and is a particularly bustling part of Barbados. From the coast, Holetown isn't far off, about a short distance away.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time of day to how full the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Guests hoping to find a room near Folkestone Beach will find themselves in luck, as there is no shortage of hotels and resorts to pick from nearby. You can find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by looking over those listed in the table that follows.

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 you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest restaurants is Coral Reef Club Restaurant. The restaurant serves delicious International cuisine. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their seafood.

A few nearby dining options are shown in the table below.

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

Barbados has many nice beaches, so if Folkestone Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

You might also enjoy Gibbs Beach, where there's usually lots of activity. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, consider Colony Club Beach.

Another location you may want to try is Batts Rock Beach, another great beach choice in Barbados.

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 there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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