Welches Beach

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Once a small and unheard of beach, Welches has undergo expansive renovations and is now known as one of the best on the island's south coast. In addition to adding more shoreline with imported sand, the beach is kept beautifully landscaped and there is even a small boardwalk.

Located toward the center of Welches, 1.7 miles northwest of Atlantic Shores, Welches Beach is on the South coast of Barbados. You should consider dropping by whether or not you are staying very close.

How to Access The Beach
Know as one of the island's "windows to the sea," Welches is visible from Highway 7, so you'll have a hard time missing this beach, which is surrounded by Oistins, Miami Beach, Maxwell Beach, and Dover Beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

For the most part, the waters at Welches Beach are very calm, though when the weather is bath the waves can be rough. There are no lifeguards on duty, and visitors should swim with caution even when all seems well. Popular activities here include swimming, jet skiing, and wind surfing, and unfortunately there are no loungers or umbrellas to rent, or even any facilities to speak of.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Since Welches Beach will be found in a tourist hotspot, you might want consider the time when you plan your visit.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on Barbados' South coast. It is close to Lucky 7 Arcade Oistins, which is close enough that guests will have the choice to walk or take a cab, and it is among the attractions in the vicinity.

If a visit to the Welches Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

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

Cities and Towns

Welches Beach is in the St. Lawrence Gap area, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Welches Beach guests hoping to find further attractions will want to consider heading over to St. Lawrence Gap, because it's close-by and is a particularly bustling part of Barbados.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Since the beach is located in a pretty popular vacation spot, it is not typically very difficult to find a hotel nearby that's to your taste. For those hoping to book a place that's near the ocean, the table below lists the accommodations closest to Welches Beach.

Accommodations near Welches Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Golden Sands Hotel Barbados 0.2 mi. WNW Hotel
Butterfly Beach Hotel 0.3 mi. W Hotel
Sea Breeze Beach Hotel All Inclusive 0.4 mi. W Resort
Barbados Beach Club 0.6 mi. W Resort
Bougainvillea Beach Resort 0.7 mi. W Resort
Croton Inn 0.8 mi. WNW Hotel
Sandals Barbados 0.9 mi. W Resort
Turtle Beach Resort 1.0 mi. W Hotel
Meridian Inn By Resort Bookings 1.0 mi. W Hotel
Ocean 15 Apartment Hotel 1.0 mi. W Hotel


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. Ixoria Bar and Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant serves both Bajan and Fusion dishes on the menu. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a little ways away.

Nearby dining options are listed in the following table.

Restaurants near Welches Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Ixoria Bar and Restaurant (246) 428-3897 Bajan, Fusion Very Casual 0.2 mi. WNW
Butterfly Beach Hotel Restaurant (246) 428-9095 Caribbean Very Casual 0.3 mi. W
Azul Restaurant (246) 428-2825 International Informal 0.4 mi. W
Oistin's Fish Fry -- -- -- 0.4 mi. E
Lanterns by the Sea Restaurant (246) 418-0990 Caribbean, International Informal 0.7 mi. W
Pablo Donte's -- -- -- 0.7 mi. W
Water's Edge Restaurant (246) 428-2592 Caribbean, International, Italian Very Casual 0.7 mi. W
The Baron's Smokehouse (246) 420-4448 Bajan Very Casual 0.7 mi. W
Croton Inn Restaurant (246) 428-7314 Caribbean Very Casual 0.8 mi. WNW
Reggae Grill (246) 426-2142 Jamaican Very Casual 0.8 mi. NE
Cafe Luna (246) 428-6172 International Fine Dining 0.9 mi. ESE
Asiago's Restaurant (246) 428-7131 Italian Informal 1.0 mi. W

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have other options if Welches Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Miami Beach, which is located within a short distance.

Maybe Welches Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, Barbados offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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