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.

Located in Paynes Bay, this beach is on the West coast of Barbados. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Those vacationers who enjoy attractions that are right in the middle of it all will likely enjoy the atmosphere at 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.

There is also a snack bar here.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Paynes Bay Beach. Showers are provided for visitors, so you don't have to spend the rest of the afternoon covered in sand. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you want to check out 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.

Still, make sure you remember that even if there fortunately are options for conveniences (BLANK) while at Paynes Bay Beach, it will be found in an area popular for visitors. With that fact in mind, if you know that these amenities are an important factor, naturally, it's an appropriate cause to come earlier in the morning before the crowds do or perhaps try a beach in a more remote area. If you come later, you could lose the chance to completely enjoy all the services that the beach has on site.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on Barbados' West coast. Sandy Lane Old Nine Golf Course is seen a half mile away, and it is one of a number of favorite destinations in the area.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of Barbados, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. For example, you might enjoy a visit to St. James Church, which is a mile and a half to the north.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in Barbados. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Paynes Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Sandy Lane Old Nine Golf Course Golf Course 0.5 mi. NNE Barbados
Tides Art Gallery Art Gallery 1.3 mi. N Barbados
Las Vegas Barbados Casino 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
Lucky Horseshoe Bagatelle Slot Machine Arcade 1.6 mi. E Barbados
Sandy Lane Green Monkey Golf Course Golf Course 1.7 mi. ENE 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

Cities and Towns

Paynes Bay Beach is very close to Holetown, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Paynes Bay Beach tourists hoping to find other opportunities for exploration should consider heading to Holetown, since it's not far away and is a particularly busy area of Barbados.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full the nearby hotels are. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Because this beach is situated in a relatively popular vacation destination, it usually isn't much of a challenge to find just the right kind of hotel nearby. For vacationers hoping to get a place that's on or near the beach, the following table shows the closest accommodations to Paynes Bay Beach.

Accommodations near Paynes Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Treasure Beach Hotel 0.1 mi. S Hotel
Treasure Beach 0.1 mi. S Resort
Tamarind Cove Hotel 0.1 mi. S Hotel
The House 0.1 mi. S Hotel
Beach View Hotel 0.4 mi. S Hotel
Sandy Lane 0.6 mi. N Hotel
Angler Apartments 0.6 mi. S Hotel
Palm Paradise 0.7 mi. SSE Guest house
Crystal Cove Hotel 0.8 mi. S Resort
Halcyon Palm Apartments 1.0 mi. N Villa complex


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to walk to an area restaurant, where you can dive into Barbados' specialty dishes, without having to go far. One of the nearest places to eat is Daphne's Restaurant. The restaurant offers a menu of Italian cuisine. Visitors often rave about their seafood.

Nearby restaurants are listed in the following table.

Restaurants near Paynes Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Daphne's Restaurant (246) 432-2731 Italian Informal 0.2 mi. S
Sugar Apple Cafe (246) 432-2300 Caribbean Very Casual 0.4 mi. S
The Cliff (246) 432-1922 Contemporary, Eclectic, International Fine Dining 0.5 mi. S
The Country Club (246) 444-2000 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
Bajan Blue (246) 444-2000 Caribbean, International, Mediterranean Very Casual 0.6 mi. N
Saffa's Restaurant & Bar (246) 432-1125 Eclectic Informal 1.0 mi. N
The Beach House (246) 432-1163 Caribbean, International Informal 1.3 mi. N
The Tides Restaurant (246) 432-8356 European, International Informal 1.3 mi. N
Il Tempio Italian Restaurant (246) 417-0057 Italian Informal 1.3 mi. S

Other Beaches

Needless to say, Paynes Bay Beach isn't the only beach worth visitng in Barbados.

You may also want to try Gibbs Beach, which is in a pretty active location. You'll find it four and a half miles to the north. If you'd rather try a more private, less popular location, you might find what you want at Sandy Lane Beach. It is located just a short distance away.

Travelers may also want to consider Batts Rock Beach, which is located within a short distance.

Perhaps Paynes Bay Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Barbados you might like.


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