Beach Family Fun at
Needham's Point Barbados

One beach that comes to mind whenever I think of beach family fun is Needham's Point Barbados, one of the Caribbean’s best beaches.  Needham's Point is the place to go for total rest and relaxation.  

This white sand beach fronts the Hilton Barbados, and for that reason it is known as Hilton Barbados Beach.  The water is inviting, and with a beach bar nearby, guests usually find themselves taking their drinks into the ocean, not wanting to trade one for the other.

For families traveling with children, this is a good spot.  The area is quiet with low vehicular traffic and there is plenty of beach area to walk and play.  Coconut trees dot the beach and provide some shade while locals play a friendly game of beach volleyball nearby.

Dive Barbados Blue will take you and your family on an underwater adventure.  Kids of all ages will enjoy swimming with the turtles, an activity that will create lasting memories.


Features:  White sand beach with calm waters - best for swimming, SUP (stand up paddle boarding), long distance swimming, sailing; snorkeling, diving, shipwreck diving | close to the Bridgetown cruise terminal | easy highway access 

Lifeguard:  Yes

Amenities:  Water sports (see below) | chair and umbrella rentals | refreshments at Cuz's Fish Stand, Brown Sugar Restaurant (local food) | parking



The map above shows the location of Dover Beach and its proximity to Bridgetown and the island's airport.
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You will find Needham's Point at the southernmost tip of the bay at Hilton Barbados.  It is one of the Barbados beaches near Bridgetown, the capital, which is just five minutes away, and the cruise terminal, which is seven minutes away from Needham's Point. The Garrison Historic area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site is just a few minutes away at the border of the South Coast.

The beach’s convenient central location makes it a popular spot for Barbadians and visitors alike.  Visitors looking for beaches near the cruise port will be able to enjoy a fun day at this lovely beach before heading back to the cruise ship.

Needham's Point, along with two other white sand beaches - Pebbles Beach and Browne's Beach - lay clustered together to form the Carlisle Bay inlet, a popular site known for its great snorkeling, reef and wreck diving.

Of the three, Browne's Beach tends to be the busiest, with visitors and cruise ship passengers filing into the Boat Yard, a hip local beach club known for its music, food, bar and beach activities.  With one mile or more of white sand beach, there’s plenty to go around.

How to get to Needham's Point

By Public Transportation:

From Bridgetown: hop on any public bus traveling to the Barbados South Coast and disembark at Aquatic Gap.  

By Car:

From the South Coast – Take Highway 7 past the local racetrack, the Garrison Savannah.  Turn left at Aquatic Gap.

From Bridgetown - Go southbound on Bay Street, the main road leading out of the city and turn right at Aquatic Gap.

View of the beach from walkway at Hilton Barbados

What's Near Needham's Point

Other Beaches:


  • The Dive Shop - snorkeling, reef and wreck dives
    Phone:  1-246-426-9947
  • Paddle Barbados - standup paddling, snorkeling, kayaking, boogie boards
    Phone:  1-246-249-2787
  • Dive Barbados Blue (Hilton Barbados) - turtle swimming and wreck dives
    Phone: 246-434-5764
  • Roger’s Scuba Shack – scuba diving
    Phone:  246-436-3483




  • Bridgetown - capital
  • Barbados Port Authority – cruise ship terminal
  • Pelican Village – local arts and crafts
  • Harbour Lights night club

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