Paynes Bay Beach Barbados is one of many family-friendly beaches located on the island’s West Coast along Highway 1. It is approximately 12 minutes away from Bridgetown and lies just north of Fitts Village Beach and south of Holetown Beach.
This beach is known for its turtle swimming and many cruise ships passengers visit Paynes Bay Beach as a last minute stop before departing.
PAYNES BAY BEACH BARBADOS
Features: White sand beach with calm water – best for swimming, snorkeling, sailing | easy access to Highway 1
Amenities: Watersports - sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, kayaking, boogie boards, water-skiing and banana boats | Public restrooms | chair and umbrella rentals | limited parking
What can I say about Paynes Bay Beach? It is one of the best Barbados beaches for swimming. The beach is calm and peaceful and is a hit with cruise ship passengers looking for beaches near the cruise port. There is good area snorkeling and lots of area amenities like watersports, romantic beachfront restaurants (beach deck dining at Tamarind) and fine dining at Daphne's (pronounced Dafnee's), local craft shops, duty free shopping.
Here are the top reasons why the Paynes Bay area is one of my favorite spots on the Barbados West Coast.
Paynes Bay Beach Barbados is located on the island’s West Coast along Highway 1. It is approximately 25 minutes away from Grantley Adams International Airport and about 12 minutes away from the island’s capital, Bridgetown.
PAYNES BAY BEACH BARBADOS MAP
The map above
shows the location of the beach relative to the capital and the airport.
Click on the "+" to zoom out for a more detailed map.
By Public Transportation:
Located on Highway 1 or the main road of the West Coast, Paynes Bay Beach is easy to reach as many public buses cross this route on a daily basis making their way to and from the capital, Bridgetown.
There are three different methods of public transportation to reach Paynes Bay Beach – the Government owned public buses (blue with a yellow stripe), the privately owned mini buses (yellow with a blue stripe), and other private buses (white with a purple stripe). The private buses have no schedule and are always available to zip you from Point A to Point B.
The most scenic car route is along the West Coast main road.
If you are leaving from the Bridgetown area, follow the one-way traffic out of the city center from the main street, Broad Street. Make a u-turn at Heroes Square to access Princess Alice Highway. Bear right at the first rotary (the Bridgetown cruise terminal). Bear right at the second rotary and then turn left onto the Spring Garden Highway. This will give you access to Highway 1.
From the South Coast main road, head east to access the ABC Highway (Errol Barrow Highway on the map). Use left lane to exit at the D’Arcy Scott Roundabout (rotary) bearing left. Travel for one mile past the University of the West Indies until you reach the rotary. To access Highway 1 (West Coast), stay in center lane and bear right at the rotary. Paynes Bay Beach is about five minutes ahead on the left.
Other Nearby Beaches:
Here is one way to spend a perfect Sunday. Visit the quiet and rugged Barbados East Coast (or maybe you'd prefer a visit to Harrison's Cave). Savor a traditional Bajan lunch at The Beach House. Spend the rest of the afternoon on the beach, Paynes Bay Beach that is, and if time permits, watch an incredible sunset.
I'm loving the plan.