Maxwell Beach Barbados

Let’s talk about Maxwell Beach Barbados for a second.  Now here is one of the best Barbados beaches on the South Coast that doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves, in my opinion…

Most times, beaches that accompany small no-frills beachfront hotels do not get a lot of attention unless they are heavily branded.  

Names like the Crane Beach and Sandy Lane Beach are extremely popular because of the prestigious hotels that surround them.  Add heavy marketing campaigns to the mix and you’ve got yourself some winners.  

Maxwell Beach BarbadosSouth View


Features:  White sand beach with some rough waves.  Best for jet skiing, windsurfing

Lifeguard:  No

Amenities:  Water sports: hobie cats, jet skis, boogie boards | Close to restaurants, bars, shopping, hotels, night clubs | close to Oistins fishing village | Day pass available at the Barbados Beach Club from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm or 6:00 pm until midnight.  Pass grants access to beach chairs and umbrellas, tennis court, pool, non-motorized water sports | picnic benches available

Beaches close to the capital, Bridgetown, have also become well-known not just because of the convenience of being near the city center, but also for their proximity to the cruise port.

Other beaches like Bathsheba attract surfers ready to tackle the Soup Bowl, one of the biggest wave breaks in Barbados.  

So what does Maxwell Beach Barbados bring to the table?   Let’s take a look.

A Great Location

Maxwell Beach Barbados is located on the island’s South Coast just 5 minutes away from the fishing village of Oistins.  It is approximately 17 minutes away from the capital, Bridgetown, and about 20 minutes away from the island’s main airport, Grantley Adams International.  You can reach this white sand beach from the Maxwell Coast Road off of Highway 7 in the area known as Maxwell.  

This area carries a healthy mix of residential homes, hotels, apartments and guest houses, restaurants, shops and water sports rentals.  It is minutes away from Dover, Dover Beach (another great beach on my Top 15 List), and St. Lawrence Gap - a popular street known for its liveliness and loads of amenities. 

Maxwell Beach Barbados fronts the Barbados Beach Club, a standard no-frills hotel that provides good rooms at an affordable price. 

Bougainvillea Hotel Barbados, one of the best family-friendly hotels in the area


The map above shows Maxwell Beach and its proximity to the capital and the airport.  
Click on the "+" to zoom in for a more detailed map. 

A Great Beach

The Maxwell/Dover area is a great location for people who love to be on the move, but Maxwell Beach Barbados is more than just that.  This small beach is one of the best white sand beaches on the island's South Coast.  

Even with the flow of traffic from nearby hotels like the Barbados Beach Club, Sandals, and Bougainvillea, Maxwell Beach is still considered a quiet beach compared with larger South Coast beaches like Accra Beach.

However, if privacy and seclusion are right up your alley, beaches like Foul Bay Beach and Bottom Bay Beach would be a better fit for you. 

Maxwell Beach BarbadosMaxwell Beach Barbados - North View

For non-guests, the Barbados Beach Club offers a US $70 day-pass from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm or from 6:00 pm until midnight.  The pass allows access to all of the hotel’s amenities like the beach chairs and umbrellas, pool, tennis court, non-motorized water sports, and nightly entertainment.  The pass is redeemable at the bar and restaurant (lunch or dinner).  

Directions to Maxwell Beach Barbados

By Car:

The best way to reach Maxwell Beach Barbados from Bridgetown or any other point on the South Coast is on Maxwell Coast Road, a loop that connects to Maxwell Main Road from the north and the south.

From Maxwell Main Road, turn right onto Maxwell Coast Road (after Hilton Road) if traveling from Bridgetown.  From Maxwell Main Road, turn left onto Maxwell Coast Road (near Fairholm Gardens) if traveling from the airport or all southern points. This will take you down to the beach.  (see details on map).

By Public Transportation: 

All public buses cross Highway 7 on a daily basis with frequent stops to Bridgetown and Oistins in the South.  

What's Nearby

Other Beaches:

Water Sports:

  • Seascape Customized Cruises – deep sea fishing (private charter), snorkeling, sunset cruises, turtle tours
    Phone: 246-236-5011 | 246-237-7043 | Ryan & Barbara Trotman

  • Barry’s Surf School– beginner, intermediate surf instruction
    Phone: 246-256-3906 | Barry Banfield
  • Dread or Dead Surf Shop – surf instruction, SUP
    Phone: 246 228-4785
    email: |



  • Lanterns Restaurant (Bougainvillea Hotel)
  • Luigi’s Italian Restaurant


  • Sugar Lounge Night Club
  • Walkers World
  • Dover Playing Field

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