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 in the heart of St. Lawrence Gap, Dover Beach is on the South coast of Barbados. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Active and social travelers might like this beach because of its urban location. Actually, Dover Beach would be great for guests staying in nearby hotels, and people who want an unlimited number of nearby restaurants and activities to choose from.

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 at this spot is also an option.

One obvious convenience is this beach's picnic facilities, so you can save your picnic lunch from the sand.

For your convenience, restrooms are available at Dover Beach. Showers are provided for visitors, so you can clean up before leaving. You will also have access to chairs and umbrellas here, so visitors looking for a break from the hot sun will not go leave unhappy.

Dover Beach and its offerings for amenities happens to be located well within a hot tourist destination. With that fact in mind, if you think the amenities are an important factor, it'll be a smart reason to make it there in the morning before the crowds or perhaps even going to a more secluded beach further away. If you come later, you might find all of the services becoming already claimed by other guests.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on Barbados' South coast; the area is home to other attractions such as Silver Fox Arcade, which is a half mile to the west.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't get bored. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

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

Tourists at Dover Beach who are hoping to find other interesting places to see should think about heading to St. Lawrence Gap, which is not far away and is an especially active area 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 of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Travelers looking for a place to stay not far from Dover Beach won't find it that tough, as there is no shortage of hotels and resorts to pick from in the area. Find the closest lodging options by perusing what's listed in the table that follows.

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 need to grab a bite to eat around midday, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you don't have to go far away. One of the nearest restaurants is Red Rock Bar & Bistro. This restaurant offers a menu of International cuisine.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

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, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Barbados, so Dover Beach is not your only option.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Dover Beach is one of the features you love, you'll want to consider heading to Foul Bay, another destination with a good amount of excitement. You'll find it eight and a half miles to the east. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Maxwell Beach is a location secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. It is located only a short distance away.

You might also want to visit Miami Beach, located only a short distance away.

You may find that Dover Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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