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 in Welches, 1.7 miles northwest of Atlantic Shores, Welches Beach is on the South coast of Barbados. You might want to drop by even if you are not 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, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

Since Welches Beach is located within a relatively urbanized region, you might need to hunt 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; it will be near other attractions like Lucky 7 Arcade Oistins, which is pretty close, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

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 near St. Lawrence Gap, so walking the city is a definite option. Welches Beach tourists hoping to find additional places to explore should consider checking out St. Lawrence Gap, since it's not far away and is a particularly busy area of Barbados.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Typically, you can expect to encounter a fair number of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Travelers seeking a place to stay not far from the beach shouldn't have a tough time, as there are lots of hotels to pick from in the surrounding area. You'll find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by looking over those listed in the following table.

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


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to walk to a local restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest places to eat is Ixoria Bar and Restaurant. This restaurant has both Bajan and Fusion dishes on the menu. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's just a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of nearby dining options.

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

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

Vacationers may also want to visit Miami Beach, which is located three quarters of a mile to the east-southeast.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, a trip to Welches Beach could end up a family favorite.


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