Best Beaches in Barbados
Here are the best Barbados beaches to explore on your vacation! Whether your favorite activity is just diving and exploring sunken ships, snorkeling, watching sea turtles nest or just enjoying the sun and sipping Barbados Rum Punch Cocktail, you will find a perfect beach here! Scroll down for the map.
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Sandy Lane Beach, Barbados
Rub shoulders with the rich and famous on a stunning Barbados beach! Sandy Lane Beach is the choice spot for royalty, sportsmen and entertainment icons. The beach is located on the west coast and offers a magnificent setting with white sandy shores surrounded by age old mahogany trees. The water is azure blue, shallow, calm and ideal for swimming. Water sports can be arranged, enjoy some skiing, wreck diving or deep-sea fishing. Nature lovers will be enchanted to know that hawksbill turtles nest on this beach between July and October. When you are not watching turtles look out for a famous celebrity in designer gear hiding behind Gucci sun glasses! The beach is dominated by the luxurious 5-star Sandy Lane Hotel.
Photo by Manuel Reinhard on Flickr.
Carlisle bay, Barbados
If diving to explore ancient shipwrecks sets your spine tingling then Carlisle Bay is the Barbados beach for you! A long stretch of small beaches around the Carlisle Bay include Brownes Beach, Pebble Beach, Bayshore Beach. This small natural harbor is located in the south west of the Island and has six sunken vessels scattered over the ocean floor. Dive with a guide to explore these fascinating wrecks and discover the amazing colorful marine life that have made them home. Tropical fish, sea turtles, stingrays and sea stars are some of the creatures you will find. Extreme sports lovers can enjoy sea trampolines, jet skiing and rope swings. If you prefer to relax, rent a lounger and an umbrella and soak up the stunning views of endless white sands, turquoise waters and swaying green palm trees.
Photo by ekimball002
Bathsheba beach, Barbados
Prefer crashing waves, rather than calm shallow water? Head for a stunning Barbados beach called Bathsheba Beach located on the wild and rugged east coast. Massive rock formations rise from the water and the Atlantic waves will challenge the best surfers. Legend says that Bathsheba, the wife of King Solomon bathed in milk to keep her skin soft and smooth and the white foamy waters of this beach, named after her, supposedly have similar healing powers. Give it a try! Soak in the small mineral pools set amongst the coral reefs. Search for shells and treasures amongst the rocks. Then set off to the nearby fishing village, the locals offer fabulous traditional food washed down by their extra strong Rum.
Photo by Manuel Reinhard on Flickr.
Paynes Bay, Barbados
Looking for a shady beach where the family can set up for the day? Paynes Bay located in St James Parish on the west coast is the best Barbados beach. This magnificent venue has calm blue waters, long stretches of clean white sand and huge trees offering respite from the sun. The beach is quiet and secluded and ideal for a picnic where the family can bond and unwind. If you feel sporty, catamaran sailing and jet skiing are some of the activities available. Snorkel with the sea turtles and admire the stunning marine life under the water. Then relax with an exotic cocktail and enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful sunset.
Photo by tps58
Rockley Beach, Barbados
Rockley is a Barbados beach that offers the best of both worlds! There are wild crashing waves for surfing and shallow protected pools ideal for children. Located on the wild and rugged south coast, this beach is also known as Accra. Get active and try out some wind surfing, boogie boarding, Hobie Cat rides or body surfing. Snorklers will be thrilled by the fabulous variety of marine life to admire. Then head to calm waters for a swim and sunbathe on a chaise lounge. Browse the colorful stalls lining the beach where locals sell handmade jewelry, crafts and souvenirs. The small restaurant offers Banks Beer and delicious fish cakes, a fun Bajan treat!
Photo by Astley Henry
Enterprise (Miami) Beach, Barbados
Miami Beach, near the town of Oistins on the south coast, is a popular Barbados beach with warm waters and clean white sands. Locals come down early in the morning to swim and exercise. Because it is sheltered, it makes a great venue for families to spend a day relaxing, swimming and sun tanning. The small waves are ideal for bodysurfing and bodyboarding. Watch the luxury catamarans docking and offloading passengers. An old Mercedes bus has been converted into a fun snackbar where you can get a bite and a drink. This beach is rated in the Top 10 in Barbados!
Photo by Loozrboy
Bottom Bay, Barbados
Bottom Bay is an extraordinary Barbados beach that nestles below towering jagged coral cliffs. The unusual pink sand and beautiful swaying coconut palm trees will delight the eye. This is the idyllic spot to take photos! The Bay is located on the south shore and offers a perfect picnic venue. Swimming is not recommended as there is a strong undertow and the waves can be large and dangerous. Walk, pick up shells and see if you can spot turtles or a whale in the water. The cliffs around the beach are becoming a trendy spot for the rich and famous to build holiday homes.
Photo by mescal83
Crane Beach, Barbados
Crane Beach is rated as one of the Top 10 Barbados beaches and takes its name strangely enough, from the huge crane used for loading and unloading cargo from ships that stands on top of the cliff. The beach is dominated by the prestigious Crane Hotel, an old, luxurious and refined establishment that is a popular honeymoon and destination wedding venue. The lovely pink tinged sands give this beach a distinctive character and the strong foamy waves make for great boogie boarding. This must-see beach is situated on the south coast near to St Phillips.
Photo by littleghoti
Hastings Rocks Beach, Barbados
Located on the south west coast near the town of Hastings, close to the famous South Coast Boardwalk, is a picture-perfect Barbados beach, offering miles of clean white sand, swaying palm trees and an abundance of tropical plants. The beach is known for fabulous large rolling waves and attracts serious surfers. Swimming is not recommended but a stunning hardwood boardwalk has been erected that is perfect for walking, jogging or a romantic evening stroll. You can take a catamaran cruise from the beach to see the ancient wrecks and enjoy the abundance of marine life.
Dover Beach, Barbados
If you want an idyllic relaxing setting, Dover is the Barbados beach to visit. Located on the south coast, it offers stretches of clean white sand, palm trees and small waves that make for perfect boogie boarding and wind surfing. Extreme sports lovers can jet ski or sail on a Hobie Cat. If you want to explore the underwater scene, snorkeling gear is available to rent. Then hire an umbrella and chaise lounge and relax with a drink and a snack from one of the many stalls that line the beach. Over the road is the famous Dover Playing Field, where cricket lovers can watch a game to end a perfect day.
Photo by Abir Anwar
Map of Best Barbados Beaches