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Beaches in Barbados

Updated on August 3, 2016

A look at some of the most popular beaches in Barbados

Dive into the sun, surf and sand of the glorious beaches in Barbados.

This chart of beaches and their amenities is extremely helpful but I will go into a little detail below about my favorite beaches around the island.

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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 :)

Having fun at Accra beach :)
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.

Take a good look at some of the gorgeous beaches in Barbados!

I'd rather be at the beach, how about you?

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      KandH 4 years ago

      @smine27: I think so too :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I would love to visit this place. Beautiful!

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      Looks beautiful!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very well laid out lens, thanks for sharing.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I'm just armchair travelling today - but I hope to visit Barbados in real life one day! And yes, I'd much rather be at the beach!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I think I would LOVE visiting Barbados!!!!

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      So gorgeous!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: My pleasure :)

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Truly beautiful, talk about a place to visit. Thank you for visiting my lens.

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      malena10 5 years ago

      Absolutely! Beautiful pictures, I would love to visit Barbados one day.

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @vsolomon2002: It sure is, thanks for stopping by :)

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      vsolomon2002 5 years ago

      Love the beach.

      It's perfect for watching the world go by.

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      AngelDeanSquidoo 5 years ago

      Uh, me to. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I loved Barbados when I was there a few years ago! We stayed with our friend's grandparents, who had retired on the island. We went to tons of beaches, I wish I could remember their names! One beach had a small cliff you could jump off of into the water, it was great :)

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      stacytm lm 5 years ago

      I'm also Caribbean, more specifically Jamaica :)

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      Beautiful beaches! I'd love to be at the beach right now! Thanks for your visits and comments. :)

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @weheartjunk: hey, you must have missed it, there is one: :)

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      weheartjunk 5 years ago

      Awesome. Now I wanna go to Barbados. You should do a lens on the food there. Then I'd want to go for sure, haha.

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      presentsandgiftsgalore 5 years ago

      Looks absolutely breathtaking

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      ForestBear LM 5 years ago

      oh definitely, I love the beach. Thank you for sharing

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Of course! I hope you live near one.

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      Yes, a couple of my friends are on the beach in greece. I wish I was there. I love the beach.

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Beautiful pics; nice lens.

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      mary-humphrey 5 years ago

      what beautiful pictures, and I would take the beach any day over Indiana lol. Thanks for visiting my lens

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Beautiful lens. And definitely would rather be at the beach. :)

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I absolutely would rather be at the beach. Wonderful pictures.

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      orangegirl6020 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures! I wish I was there!

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens, it is very enjoyable, thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work. Iâm Pinning this beauty on Pinterest!

      I'd rather be at the beach too...wishful thinking. Soon hopefully though.

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      I'd definitely rather be at the beach! And the ones in Barbados sure look inviting. I'd love to visit some day. :-)

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      I am so glad that Rihanna was able to interupt her hectic schedule and visit her beautiful home country for a little rest and relaxation! the photo gallery of some of the most pristine beaches in the world!

      Hope to one day visit Barbados during Kadooment Day!

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      I'm on a tropical beach right now and I couldn't be happier. Snorkeled with wild sea turtles yesterday.

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      I have not visited Barbados, but now I would like to do just that. You painted an excellent portrait of the beach. I would like to try the flying fish sandwiches Tony spoke of eating with the hot pepper sauce. I live at the beach here in the US and it has made a believer of me with regard to beach life. See you around the galaxy...

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I would love to go back to Barbados, I have been there 4 times in the 1900's for work. I stayed at the Hilton once, and the Grand Barbados Beach 3 times. The GBB was too quiet and pretty dead if you were on your own, but the boardwalk was nice, especially for breakfast, and I found a wreck in the bay that I was able to snorkel on if I got back from the office in time before the sun went down. Went to some of the Crop Ready events too, that was good. Love Flying Fish Sandwiches and the hot pepper sauce. Good memories.

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      GabrielaFargasch 5 years ago

      I LOVE the beach! I am very lucky to live by the beach too! :)

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i would love to be in barbados right now. we are still experiencing cold spells. climate is really crazy, it rains and it stops, it's sunny and it's cloudy. thank goodness squidoo is here. i can sit and relax in the 4 corners of my home.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Looks positively beautiful!

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      OMG. That is such a no-brainer for me. I would rather be on the beach any day and being on the beach in Barbados would be the bomb!

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Ummm!!! yeah! Nicely done, Again!

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wonderful to be at the beach...just the thought of it is relaxing! :)

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I have never been to any beach but,I fell in love with the beach of Barbados a few years ago when I read a book that had it setting in Barbados.I love to read ,it was a love story, to this day I have not forgotten what it felt like to walk in that couples foot steps as they walked on the beach hand in hand that night.The story made me feel like I was there on the beach in that wonderful place.Hope to visit Barbados one day.thanks for the info.

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      I would love to visit beautiful Barbados during Kadooment Day...Rhianna's appearance at last years festivities made headlines from around the world. A very grand time to be in Barbados!

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      I enjoy a good beach and these look fabulous, well presented information in this lens.

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      I love Barbados! I honeymooned there and it will always have a special place in my heart!