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.

Situated in Paynes Bay, this beach is on the West edge of Barbados. You should think about stopping by even if you are not staying nearby. You may notice that beaches throughout Barbados are usually fairly 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 concession stand at this spot is also an option.

Yes, there are public restrooms at Paynes Bay Beach. Fortunately, showers are provided, so you don't have to spend the rest of the afternoon covered in sand. The water in the area is fit for snorkeling, so grab some 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.

You should remember that Paynes Bay Beach is in an area which is visited by quite a number of tourists, which means you may find quite a few people competing for the use of the same services.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on Barbados' West coast. It is near Sandy Lane Old Nine Golf Course, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one of a few attractions in the vicinity.

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

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

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

Guests visiting Paynes Bay Beach who are looking for other interesting places to see might want to consider heading to Holetown, which is nearby and is a particularly bustling part of Barbados.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of other guests who are staying close by.

Since the beach is located in a relatively popular tourist destination, it usually isn't much of a challenge to find a hotel close-by that's to your taste. For vacationers looking to find a place that's near the ocean, the following table lists the closest accommodation options to Paynes Bay Beach.

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


When you're starving for a midday meal, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so there's no need to go too far away. One of the nearest restaurants is Kathy's Restaurant. This restaurant serves Caribbean food. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby restaurant options are shown in the following table.

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

Travelers looking for a beach that's right for them will have other options if Paynes Bay Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

You may also like Gibbs Beach, which is home to plenty of activity. It is located four and a half miles to the north. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Sandy Lane Beach is a beach which doesn't see as many crowds. You'll find it just a short distance away.

You may also enjoy Batts Rock Beach, located within a short distance.

Of course, Barbados has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but taking a swim at Paynes Bay Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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