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 edge of Barbados. You might think about stopping by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. Eventually, visitors notice that beaches throughout Barbados tend to be pretty quiet, but at Paynes Bay Beach your experience will be different.

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.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner.

You won't have to worry about finding a bathroom at Paynes Bay Beach because there are public restrooms. You'll appreciate that showers are available, so you don't have to spend the rest of the afternoon covered in sand. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you are looking to do some underwater exploration. 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.

Though, it is important realize that while visitors here find options for conveniences present if you go to Paynes Bay Beach, it is found in a commonly visited area. If busy-beaches are not something you want, it will be an appropriate motivator to plan your day and beat the crowds, such as coming earlier when it is a little cooler. If you come later, it's possible you may be unable to use all those comforts that this beach has on site.

What's Nearby


Paynes Bay Beach is on the West coast of Barbados. Sandy Lane Old Nine Golf Course is seen a half mile to the north-northeast, and it is among the area's attractions.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Folkstone Museum. This museum is located just a quick cab ride or walk away, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of things to do. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Paynes Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Sandy Lane Old Nine Golf Course Golf Course 0.5 mi. NNE 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

Paynes Bay Beach is near Holetown, so walking the city is a definite option. Tourists at Paynes Bay Beach who are looking for further attractions will want to consider checking out Holetown, since it's not far away and is an especially active area of Barbados.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Those looking for a place to stay not far from Paynes Bay Beach shouldn't find it very difficult, as there are lots of resorts and hotels to pick from in the surrounding area. You'll find the closest booking options by perusing those listed in the following table.

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 0.6 mi. N Hotel
Palm Paradise 0.7 mi. SSE Guest house
Crystal Cove Hotel 0.8 mi. S Resort
Divi Heritage 0.9 mi. N 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 closest restaurants is Kathy's Restaurant. This restaurant features Caribbean food. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of nearby restaurants.

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
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
Reflections (246) 262-6166 Mediterranean Informal 0.8 mi. S
Saffa's Restaurant & Bar (246) 432-1125 Eclectic Informal 1.0 mi. N

Other Beaches

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices in Barbados besides Paynes Bay Beach.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Paynes Bay Beach is what you're looking for, consider also visiting Gibbs Beach, another location where you'll find fun and action. It is located four and a half miles to the north. If you're looking for something a little more private, consider Sandy Lane Beach. It is located only a short distance away.

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

Maybe Paynes Bay 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 keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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