Do you feel like spending the day on a paradisiacal beach and enjoy the calm waters of the Caribbean Sea? Barbados is the place to be because it offers you more than just a beach vacation.
This tiny island in the Caribbean Sea stands as the perfect place to escape the world crisis. It is part of those paradisiacal destinations where we have all dreamed of escaping. A place whose name alone evokes adventures in exotic and fascinating landscapes. And in fact, this is what awaits you in this Caribbean island: turquoise waters, lush nature, and pristine beaches where you can indulge in total relaxation, as well as water sports, not to mention nightlife.
The beaches that surround the island are about sixty. Not being able to tell you all of them, we give you a list of 12 top-rated beaches in Barbados.
Originally a port, it is one of the most beautiful beaches along the coast of Barbados. It is also home to one of the oldest and most sumptuous resorts on the island, the Crane Beach Hotel. Luxury and elegance define the hotel, which sits atop a rocky plateau that surrounds Crane Beach’s.
Crane Beach is a magnificent beach of soft light sand with pink shades. It is bordered behind by tall palm trees and bathed by a beautiful turquoise sea. If you want to swim in these waters, you have to be very careful of the presence of strong underwater currents.
Unfortunately, its access is mostly reserved for guests of the Crane Resort and is suitable for lovers of surfing and water sports due to the large waves.
The shade of the palm groves always offers a place to sunbathe that tourists indulge in while lying comfortably on the sun loungers. Crane Beach is located on the southeast coast, in the stretch exposed to the winds. Bars and restaurants offer lunch breaks made of sandwiches, salads, and pizza.
2. Mullins Beach
The Mullins is a very popular meeting point. The enchanting bay is located on the northwestern part of the island, just south of the town of Speightstown.
It is one of the most famous beaches on the island for its beauty and for the amount of tourist services it offers. The coast is of soft sand, very long and wide, bordered by picturesque palms and casuarina trees that give a pleasant natural shade. Despite its popularity, the beach remains an ideal place to relax and enjoy unforgettable sunsets.
The sea that forms it is beautiful and calm, turquoise, transparent, and crystalline, with sandy and sloping bottoms, perfect for swimming and bathing. There are also numerous possibilities for fun with water sports, including jet skis.
3. Gibbes Beach
Gibbie’s is one of the quietest beaches on the island, just adjacent to the famous Mullins Beach. In addition, it is considered one of the least visited beaches in all of Barbados, perfect for relaxing in an atmosphere of complete peace under the Caribbean sun.
The coast is wide and of soft sand, with incredibly calm waters ideal for long swims. In addition, it is perfect for practicing various water sports, including water skiing and for snorkelers.
During the months when the tourist flows are interrupted, it is often deserted, and those who go there can enjoy a completely private paradise. Although there are no restaurants or bars, it is possible to organize a wonderful picnic in the shade of the tall trees.
It is also possible to take a walk and reach the nearby beach, Mullins Beach, where all the possible catering activities are concentrated.
4. Carlisle Beach
Among the most beautiful beaches in Barbados, Carlisle is one of the main landmarks that you cannot miss. With crystal clear, calm, and warm waters, it will hook your heart and make you want to stay there every day.
Located on the southwest coast of the island, Carlisle is a very popular beach and frequented due to its proximity to the capital of Bridgetown. It has a beautiful coastline of almost 5 kilometers with soft white sand, bordered by palm trees, as well as numerous tourist infrastructures, exclusive resorts, and beach bars.
The beach has a slopping bottom, ideal for swimming and perfect for water sports such as standup paddle-boarding, kayaking, swimming, jet-skiing, sailing, and much more.
5. Payne's Bay Beach
If you love turtles, Payne’s Bay is for you. This beach of fine white sand is located on the west coast of the island, south of Holetown, after the famous Sandy Lane Beach.
It is a splendid long and very wide soft sandy beach, bordered by rich vegetation that gives a pleasant natural shade. This is a perfect beach for swimming and even snorkeling in some areas. Also, due to its length, you can take long walks along its shore.
The turtles are found about 250 meters offshore. Anyone who wants can swim to them and stay among them. There is also the possibility of being able to admire them on board small boats made available by the locals of the island. However, you have to move at dawn because around mid-morning, the water is literally colonized by catamarans and swimmers to whom the turtles leave the field free.
For the lunch break, you can access the hotel, which is located on the beach or in the less expensive places that are nearby. Access to the beach is guaranteed from several points distributed along the road. To reach it you can also take buses that run frequently.
6. Bottom Bay Beach
Bottom Bay is a real gem protected by the coral reef, a wide beach located in southern Barbados, beyond Sam Lord’s Castle. This is the residence that the well-known buccaneer Samuel Hall Lord had built in 1820 and which, in a couple of years, was transformed into an exclusive resort.
It is a large sandy beach with a beautiful clear sea but always rough and wavy. The beach is partially enclosed by high coral reefs, from which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the south coast of Barbados. The landscape is completed by the presence of tall palm trees, which give the whole bay a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
This beach is quite popular, and much loved as it is ideal for picnics, as well as ideal for living thanks to its tranquility. For this reason, several houses have sprung up nearby, most of them built on the cliffs overlooking the beach and the sea. Those who live here have often seen numerous turtles and even whales in the waters under the rocks. Despite this, the beach is not ideal for swimming because the waves can be very strong.
7. Accra Beach
Also known as Rockley Beach, Accra beach is located on the southern coast of the island, a short distance from Barbados International Airport and about a 20-minute drive from the capital Bridgetown.
It is a beautiful wide and long beach, boarded by tall palm trees. The coast is of soft white sand, behind which there is a large parking lot with some stalls under huge shady trees.
Accra Beach is very popular, especially with families with children who love to bask in the sun lying on the sun loungers. The quietest part of the beach is the western end, where there are also some hotels, while the eastern end is livelier, where there is a beach bar.
The waves here are moderate to medium, making it a great place for windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, and surfing. For this reason, it is good to swim not too far from the shore. However, on the westernmost part, the waves are very small thanks to the presence of a breakwater in the water.
8. Bathsheba Beach
This picturesque fishing village on the east coast is the surf capital of Barbados and is where most of the water sports championships take place.
The beach is characterized by a beautiful wide coastline of soft blinding white sand, which stretches along a jagged coast of impressive rocks. The peculiarity of the coast is that it is dotted with huge rounded boulders, which are nothing more than rock formations detached from an ancient coral reef.
Bathsheba beach doesn’t offer any structure for those who want to spend the day, but it has everything the surfer needs: a place to rent a board, parking, and shower to take the saltwater after the surf. However, the beach also attracts sunbathers who want to have fun and relax in the natural pools and reefs that form along with it.
The beach is very quiet and almost deserted. The movement will only come and go by surfers at sea.
9. Miami Beach
Also known as Enterprise Beach, Miami Beach is located on the south coast of the island, just outside the town of Oistins.
It is a beautiful beach of soft light sand with pink shades, bathed by extraordinarily turquoise and transparent waters. The coast is very wide and long, rarely crowded during the week, while on weekends, it becomes very popular with locals, who love to have picnics and spend their vacation days here.
The sea is always calm, although sometimes it becomes rough and dangerous. Therefore, it is important to avoid swimming near the rocks, especially at high tide.
The beach is well equipped, as you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas. Also, you can enjoy the convenience of numerous benches with tables behind the coast, under the shade of large trees.
10. Dover Beach
Dover Beach is the ideal beach for those looking for peace and tranquility. It is located in the St. Lawrence Gap area, famous for its nightlife.
The wide and expansive beach is popular with crowds of tourists and locals swimming in the calm, clear waters. In addition, swimming is made even safer by the presence of lifeguards on the beach.
This makes it a perfect place for spending moments with the family, swimming, or lounging on a lounge chair.
The beach offers the opportunity to practice many water sports, such as Hobie cat, windsurfing, jet-skiing, and boogie-boarding. The beach is lined with palm trees and numerous hotels, kiosks, beach bars, and shops where you can buy everything. The beach is also top-rated due to the presence in the vicinity of the Dover sports field (Dover Playing Field).
11. Silver Sand Beach
The silver beach is located on the south coast of the island, a region where the incidence of wind is strong and is known worldwide as an excellent point for windsurfing.
The beach is very beautiful as the coast is of soft light sand bordered by numerous sandy dune formations. The sea in this area is almost always rough, with very high waves ideal for practicing various water sports, such as surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing.
During the winter months, the winds of this coast create excellent conditions for windsurfing, making Silver Sands a world-renowned destination for this sport, crowded with sportsmen and many spectators.
12. Needham's Point Beach
Needham’s Point Beach is located on the south end coast of the island, at the southernmost part of Carlisle Bay.
Needham point is home to three distinct beaches: the northernmost one, which locals call Pebble Beach due to its gravelly shoreline, the southernmost known as Drill Hall Beach, and the one in the center, perhaps the most beautiful of all, which is called Needham’s Point Beach.
The latter is characterized by a beautiful coastline of soft white sand, which is always calm, making it an excellent place to swim and snorkel. The large Barbados Hilton Hotel also overlooks Needham’s Point Beach.
The Pebble Beach is perfect for swimming, while the Drill Hall Beach is a sandy beach but somehow rough, making it ideal for bodyboarding or for novice surfers.
The whole area offers various tourist services, as well as a small recreational park with picnic benches, swings, and a beautiful sea view.
Wherever you go in Barbados, there is a beach waiting. You have a lot of options that you can choose from. Therefore, it’s up to you to find the one that really pleases you. In addition, this island has an excellent infrastructure for tourism, with excellent hotels and resorts on the beachfront, offering travelers all the services to make a vacation an unforgettable experience in the Caribbean.