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Best Barbados Beaches

Barbados beaches
Barbados has more than 60 beaches.
Barbados has more than 60 beaches covering 70 square miles, according to the Barbados Tourism Authority.

Crane Beach in the St. Philip parish on the east coast is the best known of the bunch. It is a 35-minute drive from the Bridgetown cruise port on the west side of the island.

Brandon's Beach is one of the closest to the cruise pier at about one mile to the north. Moderately fit people can walk to it in about 15 minutes. Visitors can tour the nearby Mount Gay Rum Distilleries.

Three more beaches lie just to the north of Brandon's Beach. They are Brighton, Paradise and Bratt Rock beaches. Visitors will need a taxi or rental car to reach them.

Bridgetown shoppers have a chance to hit a beach as well. During our most recent visit to Barbados, we took a taxi into town for walking, shopping and dining. We eventually found ourselves by Brownes Beach, which is a short distance from Independence Square.

Brownes Beach is really just the starting point for a series of beaches strung together. They are Bayshore, Peebles and, for some reason, a second stretch called Brownes Beach.

Cruise lines offer beach excursions that usually last about four hours. The cost for adults is around $40 to $50 per person including transportation from the cruise pier.

Barbados Beach List

Here is a summary of some of the most well-known beaches in Barbados:

West Coast

  • Brandon's: watersports, restaurants, calm waters, highly active, near Bridgetown, easy access from cruise terminal
  • Batts Rock: public beach, picnic areas, playground, facilities, shade trees, near Bridgetown
  • Brownes: large, calm waters, lifeguards, near Bridgetown
  • Paradise: public access, calm waters
  • Paynes: busy, easy access, restaurants, near Holetown

North Coast

  • River Bay: popular picnic spot, crowded on weekends, beach facilities, picnic benches, shade trees
  • Little Bay: nice pools and blowholes
  • Cove Cay: good picnic spot, somewhat limited access


  • Bathsheba: reef pools, surfing on strong waves, white sand and large boulders, restaurants
  • Cattlewash: rough waters, but nice protected pools, half mile from Andromeda Gardens
  • Bath: safe and popular, picnic areas, washrooms

South Coast

  • Bottom Bay: among the best, cave, coral cliffs, palm trees and picnicking, strong currents
  • Crane: good body surfing, probably the most beautiful beach on the island, cliffs
  • Dover: popular for watersports, lifeguards, highly active, vendors
  • Golden Sands: watersports and calm waters
  • Miami: popular with locals, lifeguards, rentals and vendors
  • Rockley: watersports, vendors and shade trees, long and wide, popular with locals
  • Silver Sands: watersports, near Oistins
  • St. Lawrence: reef, shallow water, easy snorkeling, watersports, restaurants
  • Welches: excellent beach, calm waters
  • Worthing: coral reef, good snorkeling, shallow water

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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September 21, 2017
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