Paynes Bay Beach

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Paynes Bay Beach, located on the west coast of the island, offers calm waters perfect for snorkeling, swimming, and a variety of water sports. The beach is a popular spot for catamarans, as well as beachgoers, due to its ideal swimming and local restaurants. Dine or have some drinks across the street at the Coach House or take a stroll away from the crowds to find your own private oasis.

Set in Paynes Bay, this beach is on the West coast of Barbados. You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying in the vicinity. Beaches in Barbados are often though of as quite secluded, offering beautiful backdrops and few disturbances. While these beaches are a perfect fit for some, others crave the action and variety present at beaches like Paynes Bay Beach.

How to Access The Beach

The beach is accessible to both vehicles and pedestrians. Drivers should pay attention to signage on Highway 1. Keep an eye out for the St. James Pentecostal Church, as it is directly across from the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Paynes Bay is located south of Holetown, across from the Coach House restaurant and bar. This beach has easy access and plenty of parking, which means it also has crowds of visitors. The waves are gentle and the water is clear.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Paynes Bay Beach is the ultimate convenience.

Paynes Bay Beach does have public restrooms for your convenience. You'll appreciate that showers are available, so you can clean off the sand before hitting more attractions. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring your gear if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface. This beach gets crowded, but it's still easy to find a quiet spot all to yourself. Families and single travelers all congregate here, so there's a good mix of people, making Paynes Bay a great spot for everyone.

Paynes Bay Beach including its amenities and services are located well within a commonly visited area. If you seek to avoid the crowds, it'll be a smart idea to plan your visit out and beat the crowds, for example arriving earlier in the morning. If you come later, you could miss the opportunity to take advantage of all the services which the beach has on site.

What's Nearby


This spot is on Barbados' West coast; it's located near attractions like Sandy Lane Old Nine Golf Course, which is a half mile to the north.

Historic attractions, including St. James Church, offer a nice compliment to the scenery of Paynes Bay Beach, and allow visitors to learn more about Barbados, without straying too far from the coastline. In fact, this site can be found just a short distance away from this place of historical interest.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Paynes Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Sandy Lane Old Nine Golf Course Golf Course 0.6 mi. N Barbados
Barbados Arts Council Arts Organization 1.4 mi. N Barbados
Holetown Monument Monument 1.4 mi. N Barbados
Sandy Lane Country Club Golf Course Golf Course 1.5 mi. NE Barbados
NuEdge Art Gallery Art Gallery 1.5 mi. N Barbados
Sandy Lane Green Monkey Golf Course Golf Course 1.7 mi. ENE Barbados
Lucky Horseshoe Saloon Bagatelle Slot Machine Arcade 1.7 mi. E Barbados
St. James Church Historical Site 1.8 mi. N Barbados
Folkstone Marine Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.8 mi. N Barbados
Folkstone Museum Museum 1.8 mi. N Barbados
Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum Museum 2.3 mi. NE Barbados
Royal Westmoreland Golf Course 3.0 mi. N Barbados

Cities and Towns

Those visiting Paynes Bay Beach who are hoping to find additional places to explore should think about checking out Holetown, which is nearby and is an especially active area of Barbados.


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 other guests who are staying close by.

Those hoping to find a place to stay not far from Paynes Bay Beach are in luck, as there are lots of resorts and hotels to pick from nearby. You'll find the closest hotel booking options by looking over those listed below.

Accommodations near Paynes Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Old Trees Bay 0.0 mi. SSE Hotel
St. James 0.1 mi. NE Hotel
Treasure Beach Hotel 0.1 mi. S Hotel
The House 0.1 mi. S Hotel
Tamarind Cove Hotel 0.1 mi. S Hotel
Beach View Hotel 0.4 mi. S Hotel
Sandy Lane Hotel 0.6 mi. N Hotel
Crystal Cove Hotel 0.8 mi. S Resort
Divi Heritage 0.9 mi. N Hotel
Villa Marie Guesthouse 1.1 mi. S B & B


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, this beach has you covered, so you won't have to wander too far from these sands. One of the closest restaurants is Kathy's Restaurant. This restaurant has Caribbean food. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's only a short distance away.

The table below lists nearby dining options.

Restaurants near Paynes Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Kathy's Restaurant (246) 419-4200 Caribbean Fine Dining 0.1 mi. S
Daphne's Restaurant (246) 432-2731 Italian Informal 0.2 mi. S
Pizza Man Doc Holder's Hill (246) 432-1700 Italian Very Casual 0.4 mi. SE
The Café (246) 432-2300 Caribbean Very Casual 0.5 mi. S
The Cliff (246) 432-1922 Contemporary, Eclectic, International Fine Dining 0.5 mi. S
Bajan Blue (246) 444-2000 Caribbean, International, Mediterranean Very Casual 0.6 mi. N
The Clubhouse Restaurant (246) 444-2030 International Informal 0.6 mi. N
The Spa Café (246) 444-2000 Eclectic Informal 0.6 mi. N
L'Acajou (246) 444-2000 French, International Fine Dining 0.6 mi. N
Cariba (246) 432-8737 Asian, Caribbean, Contemporary Informal 0.6 mi. S
Reflections (246) 262-6166 Mediterranean Informal 0.8 mi. S
Palm Deck Restaurant (246) 432-6750 Eclectic Informal 1.0 mi. N

Other Beaches

Paynes Bay Beach isn't the only beach worth checking out in Barbados.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Paynes Bay Beach has you wanting more of the same, you'll want to consider also visiting Gibbs Beach, a beach with a similar ambiance. It is located four and a half miles to the north. If you're looking for something a little more private, consider Mahogany Bay. You'll find it only a short distance away.

You might also want to visit Batts Rock Beach, which is located two miles away.

There's plenty to see and do in Barbados, so visiting Paynes Bay Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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