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 think about stopping by whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. The beaches found throughout Barbados are usually somewhat secluded and quiet, but Dover Beach is the exception.

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.

There is also a snack bar here.

You'll be able to use picnic tables at this beach, so you can save your picnic lunch from the sand.

There are public restrooms at this beach——something you'll appreciate if you bring the kids along. Shower facilities are available here, so you don't have to spend the rest of the afternoon covered in sand. You will also be pleased to find umbrellas and chairs, so guests looking for a shaded area to relax will get their wish.

With that said, you will want to keep in mind that while there are luckily some comforts for you to enjoy while at Dover Beach, it is located within a commonly visited area. If throngs of people are something you want to avoid, it should be an appropriate cause to plan your day and beat the crowds, for example showing up for a breakfast picnic and cool swim. If you wait around, you may run the risk of all those comforts becoming too busy.

What's Nearby


Dover Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the South coast of Barbados. It is near some interesting sites like Silver Fox Arcade, which is seen a half mile away, and it is one of a number of popular spots in the area.

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

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 is in the St. Lawrence Gap area, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Dover Beach visitors seeking a little additional excitement might think about heading to St. Lawrence Gap, because it's close-by and is a particularly busy area of Barbados.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how packed the nearby hotels are. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because this beach is located in a fairly touristed area, it is not usually that tough to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you are hoping to find a place that's near the water, the following table shows the options closest to Dover Beach.

Accommodations near Dover Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Ocean Two Resort 0.1 mi. E Resort
Escape At the Gap 0.1 mi. NW Hotel
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


If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you won't have to look too far from the shore. Red Rock Bar & Bistro is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant has International cuisine.

The following table provides a list of places to eat near 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
Seascape Restaurant (011) 442-0835 ext. 01000 Eclectic Very Casual 0.1 mi. NW
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
The Garden Restaurant (246) 432-8866 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

Other Beaches

Dover Beach isn't the only beach worth checking out in Barbados.

You may also want to try Foul Bay, which is generally a pretty popular beach. It is located eight and a half miles to the east. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Maxwell Beach is an area secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. It is located just a little ways away.

Another option worth considering is Miami Beach, which is located two miles away.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Barbados, but Dover Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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