Barbados Beaches 
Best Caribbean Beaches

Here's how I discovered that Barbados beaches were some of the best Caribbean beaches..

Whenever I'm asked to describe Barbados beaches, I am usually stumped.  

Why?

I grew up with the beaches all around me, and so they became a part of my everyday life. The beaches were just… well, there. Until now, that is.

I'd never realized how beautiful the beaches were in Barbados until I had seen other top beaches around the world.


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Here's why Barbados Beaches are some of the top beaches in the World


These white sand beaches are kept in pristine condition and are never over crowded. Many beaches are shaded and beach parking is available in most cases.  The only thing you need to do is jump right into the crystal clear water.


Barbados Beaches by Coast

BRIDGETOWN BEACHES

Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, is a small vibrant city of about 100,000 residents.  With beautiful turquoise beaches within a 2-mile radius of the city center, the capital attracts not just hotel guests but cruise ship passengers looking to take advantage of the many amenities before sailing. 


WEST COAST BEACHES

Dubbed the Platinum Coast, this is where you will find the island's best - luxury hotels, villas to die for, elite golf courses and private marinas, and romantic beachfront fine dining at your finger tips.  

Be spoiled. 

Heron Bay
Read's Bay
Mullins Beach
Sandy Lane Beach


SOUTH COAST BEACHES 

The South Coast of Barbados is an active coast and perfect for visitors who would prefer to stay local. This coast is loaded with amenities from mobile beach massages to tiki bars. Good news is most everything is within walking distance.  Opt for public transportation instead of renting a car.  It is easy, convenient, and cheap, and what you will save on your car rental you can splurge on romantic cliff-side dining at one of the coast's most popular restaurants, Champers.

 

SOUTHEAST COAST BEACHES

The Crane Beach is one of the best Barbados beaches with its powdery white sand and turquoise water. The expansive Crane Hotel sits right next door and accommodates guests with many in-house amenities but if you're looking for total seclusion on a quiet beach, then check out Foul Bay Beach and Bottom Bay Beach located just 5-7 minutes away. 

Crane Beach
Bottom Bay Beach


EAST COAST BEACHES

The farther east you go, the quieter it gets and this is where you will find Bathsheba, an area known for its rugged beauty.  This sleepy town faces the Atlantic Ocean and attracts surfers and visitors craving time away from everything and everyone.  Perfect place for rest and relaxation and to be at one with nature. 

Cove Bay is located at the northeast corner of the island and faces the Atlantic Ocean.  


Map of Barbados Beaches


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Powdery Barbados sand


The fine grains of sand are silky to the touch and ever so soothing as they collectively meander their way between the toes. The color? It’s really not white, but ivory-colored and dotted with delightful pink specks. 

The water - shades of blue and green create foamy waves which make their way to the shore with gusto.

The sand gives way as you wade in, and you notice that the water, surprisingly, is not warm but cool, creating the perfect balance with the sizzling temperatures.

Life forms exist beneath these waters. It is home to the different species of marine life that thrive in this healthy environment. Sea turtles lay their eggs and reproduce because they’ve found the perfect habitat.

Maxwell Beach on the south coast of Barbados


The coral reefs are stunning and a must-see. All efforts are made to preserve them. The air is clean and crisp with a just a hint of salt from the ocean.

Sunday is Church Day and Beach Day in Barbados. It is a day of peace and rest. Young and old make their way to the beaches as early as 5:00 am and stay as late as nightfall.

That’s one of the reasons why it is so stress-free in Barbados. Water is very therapeutic. What a way to start and end the day!

Barbados Beaches - Facts

  1. Are the beaches safe? Yes, they are safe but beach-combing is not recommended during the late hours.
  2. Have there been any reported shark attacks or jellyfish injuries? There have never been any reports or incidents involving sharks or shark attacks.
  3. There have been a few cases of jelly fish injuries, but jelly fish are generally found on the eastern side of the island.
  4. The East Coast is not recommended for swimming because of the rough waters, so interaction with jellyfish is quite rare.
  5.  Do the beaches have seaweed? Some Barbados beaches on the East and Southeast Coasts have been getting seaweed in the spring months of April-May.      
  6. Where can I grab a quick bite to eat when I'm on the beach?  Cutters Deli will provide everything but the blanket for your picnic 
  7. I'd like to have a Barbados beach all to myself for just one day.  Where can I find such privacy?
  8. I'd like to surprise my significant other by doing something a little out of the ordinary.  I've heard I can have a picnic on the beach*.  How can I set this up? 
  9. I'll be arriving in Barbados on a cruise ship and I won't have a lot of time to see the island.  I'd like to visit the beaches and would prefer to be near the cruise ship.  Are there any recommendations on where I should go?

* An investigation revealed that the seaweed (or sargassum) comes from the Sargasso Sea located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where approximately 2,000,000 miles of this seaweed floats.

Just to give you an idea of its size, it stretches from the Azores to the perimeter of the West Indies and is roughly the size of the United States.

Other neighboring Caribbean islands have been affected as well but the invasion has been felt more in areas like the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston, Texas, more  affected the Yucatan Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico.  

Some scientists believe this is due to warmer than average temperatures and low winds.Some Barbados beaches on the Atlantic side (east coast of the island) have been getting seaweed in the spring months of April-May.

Because the sargassum is not anchored to anything, it is swept away by the strong local currents.

Storm systems and strong currents during the months of May and June 2011 transported the sargassum to Caribbean waters. This explains why the sightings were found on the East Coast, near the Atlantic Ocean.


The manchineel tree exists on some beaches in Barbados and is identified by the red band around the trunk.  This highly poisonous tree bears a small fruit resembling a miniature apple or a small green tomato.  If you’re caught in the rain, it is advisable not to seek shelter under these trees for fear of being blistered.  

Close-up of Manchineel Fruit

There have not been any reported cases of manchineel blistering in Barbados as Bajans generally consider them the "forbidden fruit" and just avoid them.  So if you see them, don’t touch them. Don't eat them. Don't go near them.  

A word of caution: Visiting a private secluded beach is very appealing (after all, wouldn’t it be nice to have the beach all to yourself?). Most beaches in Barbados have lifeguards on site, but exercise caution when visiting these private, secluded beaches since there is no assistance available, should you need it.

I hope you will find this information helpful.  If there are any other questions you'd like to pose about any of the Barbados beaches, please use the contact form below and I'll get back to you. 

Conversely, if there is additional information or pictures of Barbados beaches you'd like to share with others, I'd like to hear from you too and I'll be more than happy to post your pics of Barbados beaches.

With that said, enjoy our beaches! 



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