Best Beaches in Barbados
The beaches in Barbados are characterised by fine white and golden sands, turquoise waters and idyllic bays. Ranging from natural, untouched beaches to those thrumming with water sports and beach bars, the best beaches in Barbados have something for everyone.
The beaches in the south of Barbados are undoubtedly the most visited and popular. Given the fact the capital city of Bridgetown and other beloved resorts are found in the south, coupled with calm waters and wide beaches, this is no surprise. Beaches on the east and west of the island are favoured by surfers and windsurfers – who come for international competitions each year. These beaches also attract those who like discovering some of the locals’ favourite beaches on the island. The north of the island is the most remote area of Barbados, and although there aren’t many beaches here, the ones you do find are off-the-beaten-track natural wonders.
Whichever kind of beach holiday you like, the best beaches in Barbados genuinely do have something for everyone…
Best Beaches in Barbados: West coast
A crescent-shaped bay in the capital of Barbados, Bridgetown, Carlisle Bay is home to a string of beaches that merge into one huge stretch of sand and seashores. The beaches here include Brownes Beach, Bayshore Beach and Pebbles Beach. The bay itself is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while the access the beaches afford to Bridgetown make them popular options for locals and visitors.
The main beach here is Brownes Beach – a vast tract of white sand with the trimmings of the city behind it, and a mixture of fishing boats and super-yachts bobbing just out to sea. The calm waters make it popular for swimming, while several shipwrecks and an abundance of marine life makes the underwater world popular with scuba divers. It’s also possible to take catamaran cruises from elsewhere on the island to Carlisle Bay, which stop just off the beach for snorkelling.
Brownes Beach, Barbados
Paynes Bay Beach
A 200-metre-long beach with fine sand and calm waters, Paynes Bay Beach has something for everyone. Snorkelling is interesting here, with a small reef attracting a colourful array of fish. Swimming is safe in the calm waters, and for those comfortable swimming out a little further, there are often turtles to be seen. It’s also possible to take boat trips from the beach – both to see the turtles and to get a great view of this stretch of the coastline. There are several eateries within walking distance of the beach too.
Paynes Bay Barbados
Sandy Lane Beach
This high-end locality just outside of Holetown offers a golden sandy beach, with shady spots provided by mahogany trees. Sandy Lane Beach attracts beach-goers of all interests, from those who like to relax on the beach and paddle in the calm waters, to snorkelling, jet skiing and sailing enthusiasts.
Sandy Lane Beach, Barbados
This natural beach is around 300-metres-long. With soft golden sand and a verdant backdrop with tropical vegetation, Gibbs Beach is postcard-perfect. The beach is located in one of the high-end neighbourhoods of Barbados, so swimming or boating trips in the area mean you can look out to the stunning villas and resorts lining this section of coast. The beach itself has no facilities, making it the perfect spot for those who love being surrounded by nature.
View of Gibbs Beach from Westhaven Villa
Another beach around 300-metres-long, with soft golden sand and the typical turquoise waters of Barbados, this is a popular spot on the west coast with international visitors and locals alike. The calm waters make it suitable for swimming and snorkelling, while various water sports are also available, including jet skiing. The beach itself has sun loungers available to rent and a shack selling drinks and ice creams.