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.

Situated in Welches, 1.7 miles northwest of Atlantic Shores, Welches Beach is on the South edge of Barbados. You might want to drop by regardless of whether you are staying nearby.

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.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Bear in mind that Welches Beach's location is visited by quite a number of tourists, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Welches Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on Barbados' South coast; this area boasts other attractions such as Lucky 7 Arcade Oistins, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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

Those visiting Welches Beach who are looking for further attractions should think about going to St. Lawrence Gap, which is close-by and is a particularly bustling part of Barbados.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Since the beach is located in a pretty popular tourist destination, it typically isn't very tough to find just the right kind of hotel nearby. For guests wanting to get a place that's on or near the beach, the table that follows lists the accommodation options 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 you visit the beach around lunchtime this beach has you covered, so there's no need to go too far from the sea. One of the nearest restaurants is Ixoria Bar and Restaurant. The restaurant offers both Bajan and Fusion dishes on the menu. They are also famous for their seafood. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurants are shown in the table below.

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 searching for the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices in Barbados besides Welches Beach.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Miami Beach, located within a couple of miles.

Welches Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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