Dover Beach

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Dover Beach is a wide beach located in the St. Lawrence Gap that offers guests calm turquoise waters and immaculate white sand. Surrounded by tropical foliage and a short distance from bars, restaurants, and hotels, the beach is one of the most active on the island.

Located near the heart of St. Lawrence Gap, Dover Beach is on the South coast of Barbados. You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying nearby. Active, fun-seeking vacationers will probably enjoy this beach due to its busy, urban location. In fact, Dover Beach is probably a great fit for guests of nearby hotels, and those who don't mind large groups of people.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is accessible to both pedestrians and vehicles. A car park can be found off of the St. Lawrence Gap road, which is accessible by Highway 7.

Amenities and Ambiance

Situated in the St. Lawrence Gap, Dover Beach provides calm waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Palm trees dot the beach, offering a chance for shade, while white sand is perfect for relaxing in between swims.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative.

You'll be able to use picnic tables at this beach, so your food won't get sandy.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. Shower facilities are available, so you don't have to spend the rest of the afternoon covered in sand. You will also be pleased to find chairs and umbrellas here, so guests seeking a shaded area to relax will not be disappointed.

With that said, it is important see that even if there are luckily (BLANK) conveniences (BLANK) if you go to Dover Beach, it is found within an active, busy area. As such, if you feel that these amenities influence your decision, it is an appropriate idea to arrive early in the day before most of the other tourists come or perhaps try a beach in a more remote area. Or you may miss the opportunity to use all those comforts which the beach offers its guests.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on Barbados' South coast; the area is home to other attractions such as Silver Fox Arcade, which is a half mile to the west.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Dover Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Silver Fox Arcade Slot Machine Arcade 0.4 mi. W Barbados
South Gap Arcade Slot Machine Arcade 0.4 mi. W Barbados
Lucky 7 Arcade Oistins Slot Machine Arcade 1.7 mi. E Barbados

Cities and Towns

Dover Beach tourists hoping to find some additional excitement should think about checking out St. Lawrence Gap, which is nearby and is a particularly bustling part of Barbados.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand 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 share the sand with more than a few other guests who are staying close by.

Since the beach is located in a relatively popular vacation area, it usually isn't that tough to find a hotel close-by that's to your taste. If you are wanting to find a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table shows the closest options to Dover Beach.

Accommodations near Dover Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Ocean Two Resort 0.1 mi. E Resort
Time Out Hotel 0.1 mi. NE Hotel
Southern Palms Beach Club 0.1 mi. NW Hotel
Ocean 15 Apartment Hotel 0.2 mi. E Hotel
Divi Southwinds 0.3 mi. NW Hotel
Dover Beach Hotel 0.3 mi. SE Hotel
Meridian Inn By Resort Bookings 0.3 mi. ESE Hotel
Cherry Tree Apartments 0.3 mi. ENE Guest house
Turtle Beach Resort 0.3 mi. E Hotel
Monteray Apartment Hotel 0.3 mi. WNW Hotel


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the nearest places to eat is Red Rock Bar & Bistro. This restaurant features International food.

A few nearby dining options are shown below.

Restaurants near Dover Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Red Rock Bar & Bistro (246) 420-6445 International Very Casual 0.1 mi. NE
Taste Restaurant (246) 418-1800 -- Fine Dining 0.1 mi. E
Apsara & Tamnak Thai Restaurant (246) 435-5446 Indian, Thai -- 0.1 mi. NW
Bean-N-Bagel Cafe Christ Church (246) 420-4604 International Very Casual -- --
Old Jamm Inn (246) 428-3919 American Very Casual -- --
Pizza Man Doc St. Lawrence (246) 420-7633 Italian Very Casual -- --
Steak House Grill (246) 428-7152 American Informal 0.1 mi. NW
Garden Terrace Restaurant (246) 428-7171 International Informal 0.1 mi. NW
Harlequin Restaurant (246) 420-7677 International Very Casual 0.1 mi. E
Braddie's Bar Restaurant (246) 420-7846 Bajan Very Casual 0.2 mi. NW
Ocean 15 Restaurant (246) 428-8686 Eclectic Informal 0.2 mi. E
Luigi's (246) 428-9218 Italian Informal 0.3 mi. E

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Dover Beach in Barbados.

You may also want to try Foul Bay, which is in a pretty active location. It is located eight and a half miles to the east. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, Maxwell Beach may be a good choice. It is located just a little ways away.

You might also want to visit Miami Beach, located two miles to the east.

Barbados has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and Dover Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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