I remember the first time I saw Gibbes Beach Barbados (or Gibbes Bay on local Barbados maps). I was standing in the gazebo at Senderlea Villa, a lovely residence located on the island’s West Coast.
I just couldn’t get it out of my head for a number of reasons. The elevation gave me a bird’s eye view of the beach and surrounding area, and as the gentle waves crept up to the shoreline, I couldn’t help but notice how private it was from that viewpoint. It was oh so relaxing and …empty.
This semi private beach does not front a hotel or beach bar so there is not a lot of traffic here.
GIBBES BEACH BARBADOS
Features: White sand beach with calm water – best for swimming, snorkeling, sailing, | semi-private beach |
easy access to Highway 1
Amenities: None – no public bathrooms
Gibbes Beach Barbados is perfect for people looking for a quiet beach to hang out for the day. You can pack drinks and light refreshments but do note there is no bathroom on site. The nearest bathroom is just steps away at the Lone Star or Mullins Beach Bar where you can rent water sports from independent operators.
So now you’re probably wondering why not just go to Mullins Beach in the first place. See, here is where you can have your cake and eat it too. You can visit Gibbes Beach and enjoy the privacy for half the day and then you can head on over to Mullins Beach Bar where you can enjoy the water sports and the heady cocktails at the bar.
Gibbes Beach is located on the West Coast of Barbados, dubbed the Platinum Coast because of its many luxury villas, private marinas, and top notch golf courses. This coast is also home to some of the best white sand beaches on the island.
The main west coast highway – Highway 1 – connects the capital Bridgetown to all points north of the island and passes through the parish of St. Peter before continuing on to North Point in St. Lucy Parish, the northernmost point of the island.
Highway 1 is an active main road but things start to quiet down after you pass Holetown and its local many businesses and shops.
By Public Transportation
There is always some mode of public transportation running along the West Coast road so you will never have to wait for more than a few minutes. Mini-buses, mini-vans, and government-owned public buses get you to your destination quickly and effortlessly. They originate from Bridgetown, the capital, or Speightstown in the north.
From the South Coast – head east to access the Errol Barrow Highway. Follow to Highway 2A and exit left at the Lawrence Johnson rotary. Travel west for half mile to Highway 1.