|Open on the atlantic Ocean or the Caribbean Sea, Barbados beaches will amaze you by their diversity.
Pure white sand and clean crystal clear waters will captivate you.
Known for its very large waves, the biggest in the island, the East Coast is a surfers paradise and the popular international Soup Bowl is held here annually along with many other competitions. Swimming in the area is not recommended.
Bath: This beach is located at Bath in St.John. There is a public picnic area and changing facilities by the National Conservation Commission. The public play park makes this beach ideal for a family outing.
Bathsheba/Cattlewash: Because it is a long stretch of beach it is ideal for a relaxing walk or even a picnic, which can be had at the nearby Barclays park. The towering hills also provide a beautiful backdrop or souvenir picture. The only down side to this beach is that the swimming is somewhat dangerous, have no fear though, the lush scenery more than makes up for it.
This side of the island has many lovely beaches. The reef-protected waters of the south coast are great for swimming and snorkeling. Some popular beaches in the area include Needham's Point, Rockley Beach and Casuarina Cove
Sandy Beach/Carib: Located in the Worthing area in Christ Church, this beach is calm, clear and shallow. Ideal for young children. If you go at low tide, the reef may be out and you can walk on it and explore the creatures that inhabit it. If you go at high tide it is just as much fun to explore while snorkeling. There is easy access to this beach and parking is available at a nearby parking lot or on the beach itself. Food and drinks are available at Carib Beach Bar or Sandy Beach Hotel terrace bar as well as Kolors. Jet-ski rides and wind-surfing are sometimes available as well as chair and umbrella rentals.
Accra Beach: Very popular with locals and tourists alike. Busy with activities such as body boarding. There are also local vendors set up along the beach where one can buy anything from a hand crafted leather good or bead and shell chain, to a tie-dye wrap skirt. There is a car park on the beach and right opposite the road is a popular fast food restaurant. Umbrellas and chairs as well as body boards can be rented.
Miami/Enterprise Beach: Beautiful crystal clear water. Moderately calm. Very popular with locals who are often there in large numbers, especially during public holidays. A definite gathering spot for the school children on summer holiday. There is adequate parking and plenty of shade and food is also available nearby. There are also chairs for rent.
Casuarina Beach: Access from Maxwell coast road. Water sports are available and food and drink can be obtained from the nearby Casuarina Beach Hotel.
Carlisle Bay/Boatyard: This beach is located on the outskirts of Bridgetown. Parking is available at the Boatyard complex. Food and drinks are also available from within the Boatyard bar & restaurant.
Silver Sands: An excellent beach for wind-surfing and hosts an annual competition of that sport. It is located right opposite the Silver Rock Hotel.
Dover Beach: Located in the popular St.Lawrence Gap in Worthing, Christ Church. Slightly stronger current than most of the other beaches. There is a cool refreshing breeze on this beach and wind-surfing is done regularly. Kayak rentals are also available. Food can be obtained from many nearby restaurants. There are many souvenir and gift shops close by.
Closer to the Atlantic Ocean, Crane Beach is a favorite spot for bodysurfing because of the rolling waves. You will find many high-rise hotels in this more developed area.
Foul Bay: A rugged expanse awaits you at this beach. There is a car park. Although there are no water sports or food and drink, it is still ideal for exploring or having a picnic. This beach is home to many fishing boats.
Crane Beach: There is parking available at the nearby Crane Beach Hotel as well as food and drinks. This beach has large waves for body boarders.
Bottom Bay: This beach is near Sam Lords Castle, an exclusive hotel which is somewhat hidden away. You can access the beach before Sam Lords by going down steps, or you can access through Sam Lords Castle itself. Food and drinks are available at the hotel as well as rentals of various equipment.