Barbados beaches have something to offer everyone, and with so many to choose from you can pick a different beach to visit each day.
Often described as a paradise of beaches and bays, from the bookworms and sunbathers who long for solitude, to the windsurfers and the surfers who crave the action of the waves, you’re sure to find the perfect beach for you.
Whether you wish a social atmosphere or one reminiscent of the peace of Robinson Crusoe – Barbados has it all!
Barbados is surrounded by over 70 miles of palm-fringed, white sandy beaches owing to the coral geology of the island. The sea offers just about every shade of blue; a delight to behold, even when simply driving around the island.
Barbados law stipulates that all beaches in Barbados are public even though some may appear to be private due to their location.
The island is known for its contrasting landscape and the same applies for Barbados beaches due to our geographical location between the Caribbean sea on the west and the Atlantic on the east.
The north of the island has dramatic cliffs with the Atlantic crashing beneath and can be excellent for experienced surfers.
Barbados North Coast Beaches are not so accessible due the cliffs that surround this shore, therefore most beaches are accessed by climbing down and none of these come with any facilities so you will have to take what you need for the day.
Barbados East Coast Beaches are the most beautiful with stunning landscapes, tidal pools and crashing waves. These beaches lead out to the crashing Atlantic Ocean and are therefore not so popular, however some still have facilities in particular Bath has a nice picnic area and a children’s playground.
Barbados South Coast Beaches are comprised of a series of calm bays, which are generally safe for swimming, while the west coast beaches are known for its tranquil waters.
If you choose to visit a beach on the south coast, then you will find that the majority are fully equipped with amenities such as toilets, showers, food & drink outlets, and some stalls selling souvenir items.
Also the majority of these beaches also have beach chairs and umbrellas to rent.
Barbados West Coast Beaches are also equipped with beach facilities such as bathrooms, however as the majority of the west coast beaches are in front of hotels you can usually use the hotel facilities provided you check in at reception, even as just a day guest.
Spend your days as leisurely or action-packed as you choose – take a long stroll along the shore, collect shells, join a friendly game of beach cricket or volleyball, go snorkeling or scuba diving or try your hand at surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Hire a car for a few days and explore for yourself, there are so many beaches in Barbados that you’ll never have to visit the same one twice – unless of course you want to!
Just don’t forget to take along your sunscreen, and remember, topless sunbathing is against the law in Barbados.
Author: Brett Callaghan
In 1982 the government of Barbados passed an act that introduced The National Conservation Commission (NCC) to ensure that the beauty of Barbados’ beaches and parks were maintained and enhanced. Read More …