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.

Positioned in the northern outskirts of Holetown, Folkestone Beach is on the West coast of Barbados. You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying nearby. While Barbados has beaches that are more secluded than Folkestone Beach, it offers just the right amount of privacy and atmosphere to attract vacationers.

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 snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too.

You'll find showers, picnic tables, and restrooms available at this beach, which means beachgoers can enjoy these benefits and potentially spend quite a bit of time here.

Additionally, there are lounge chairs available at this destination. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some equipment if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

Remember to take into account that the immediate vicinity around Folkestone Beach is a popular spot, which means the availability of certain facilities is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the West coast of Barbados. It is close to Folkstone Marine Park, which is one of a few area's attractions.

To some, museums and beaches may seem an odd combination, but some visitors find that museums like Folkstone Museum (one of the closest to Folkestone Beach) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a new way to experience Barbados' culture.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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 in the Holetown area, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Guests visiting Folkestone Beach who are seeking some additional excitement should think about going to Holetown, since it's nearby and is an area full of activity. From the beach, Holetown isn't far off, about a short distance away.


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Vacationers seeking a place to stay near the beach shouldn't find it very difficult, as there is no shortage of accommodations to pick from nearby. You'll find the closest and most convenient lodging 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


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you won't have to look too far away. One of the closest restaurants is Coral Reef Club Restaurant. The restaurant has International cuisine. They are also known for serving seafood.

The following table lists nearby restaurant options.

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 beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

If the exciting vibe at Folkestone Beach is one of the features you love, think about checking out Gibbs Beach, a beach with a similar ambiance. If you'd rather try a more private, less popular location, Colony Club Beach could be a good option for you.

Another location you may want to try is Batts Rock Beach, which is close-by and another fun spot in Barbados.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Barbados, and Folkestone Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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