Beaches in Barbados
A look at some of the most popular beaches in Barbados
East & South Coast
The "Soup Bowl" at Bathsheba is a typical surfer's paradise and the perfect location for Barbados' annual international surfing competition. It is known for its breathtaking scenery comprising rugged coastline interspersed with beautiful grassy plains making this beach and its environs an ideal and popular spot for picnicking.
Crane beach is a glorious stretch of white sand and brilliant blue sea on the East Coast, perfect for boogie boarding and body surfing. This stunning beach is overlooked by the Crane Resort and offers sunbathers ample space to relax and enjoy the ambiance that affords the Crane the distinction of being consistently named one of the world's top 10 beaches.
Dover beach in St Lawrence Gap is a wonderful stretch of beach which is easily accessible by several resorts, nearby guest houses and smaller hotels. The Gap, as its typically called, is a vibrant, commercial area teeming with restaurants and nightclubs and a large playing field opposite the main beach access.
Accra beach is located at the Southern end of the South Coast boardwalk - a fantastic 1.5 mile-long path for jogging. The beach has private green chairs and umbrellas for use by the guests of Accra Hotel, however, chairs, umbrellas and boogie boards may also be rented by the general public from a few enterprising individuals who run a brisk service catering to locals and tourists alike every day. There is also a lifeguard hut, beach facility with washrooms and a few small bars.
Having fun at Accra beach :)
One of the most popular things to do at the Beach in Barbados: - Play Paddle Ball!
You can play paddle ball in any open space, but most people like to play it at the beach here - get in some practice soon with your own paddle ball set :)
How cool is this! - Check out the best beaches along Barbados' western coastline
Over to the West Coast...
Brandons & Brighton - Brandons is the beach where it all happens, located just off the Spring Garden Highway, it is the venue for beach volleyball competitions, and welcomes patrons of many of the major events associated with Barbados' premier festival, Crop Over, including the free, open air steel pan concert and the last lap for Grand Kadooment. Featuring a lifeguard hut, beach facility and Weiser's Bar & Restaurant, this beach sees lots of action and will see even more with the pending completion of the Four Seasons Resort at its northern, Brighton end.
On the Platinum (West) Coast
Paynes Bay is a little harder to access than many of the other beaches, but this lovely stretch of beach is generally calm and suitable for a relaxing day at the beach enjoying strolls along the shore and beautiful Caribbean sunsets. It's a popular place that many of the catamaran and other day cruisers stop to allow their guests on board to swim and have a lunch break.
Sandy Lane is home to the island's most prestigious beach facility - the renowned Sandy Lane Hotel and Estate residences have exclusive use of the facility but the beach is accessible to the general public.
Mullins beach is home to the Royal Westmoreland Beach Facility which features a private Spa and parking facility with designated public and reserved parking spaces. The Mullins Restaurant is a favourite among locals and tourists.
Heywoods beach, just south of the Port St Charles Yacht Club is great for swimming and relaxing and allows bathers the chance to admire some of the yachts belonging to the owners at the residential marina facility.