Cattlewash is located on the east coast of Barbados, in the parish of St. Joseph. Cattlewash Beach is a long expanse of sand, fringed by windswept Sea Grape foliage and rugged cliffs, which stretch to Pico Tenerife Reef in St. Lucy.
The area got its name because in the past farmers would take their cattle down to the sand bank that formed due to the large sea swells and have them washed by the crashing waves to rid them of parasites.
Words cannot fully describe the beauty of the east coast of Barbados as the coastline hosts dramatic landscapes of cliffs, hills and majestic stretches of undisturbed beaches. Cattlewash sits amongst this rugged beauty and just the drive to this beach is amazing and really makes you appreciate the natural beauty of the elements. Here limestone cliffs that are pounded by the Atlantic Ocean surround you.
Things to Do
This area is not suitable for swimming in open water but at low tide the reef, which fringes the shoreline is exposed and hidden reef pools exposed, enticing those who wish to get wet or want to explore. There is a lifeguard on duty.
The beach stretches for over a mile and is very relaxing for a quiet picnic.
There are no amenities such as beach chairs but there are plenty of shops in the area to buy food and drink.
Rock pools for bathing
Food and Drinks available
From Grantley Adams International Airport, head north following the signs for Sam Lord’s Castle. The road bends to the right and is sign posted Sam Lord’s, follow the road right, then the road bends left, and is sign posted The Crane. Follow the road past Budget Supermarket, where you may wish to stop and pick up picnic supplies, and then go past St. Martin’s Church. Go past Foul Bay on your right, go past The Crane Hotel on your right, when you come to a small roundabout, turn left, then turn right where you see the sign post which says ‘Long Bay via Sam Lord’s.
Continue down this road and take the last left hand turn, go all the way to the end and then turn right, on your right you will see a road called ‘Eastbourne’, as you approach the bend in the road, turn right after the bend where you will see the Wishing Well bar, go straight to the end of this road and you will find Bottom Bay on your right. Three Houses is signposted from here. After you have past through the parkland of Three Houses you will need to turn right at the junction, then take the second right sign posted Fortesque and Codrington College, then turn left sign posted Bathsheba. Shortly up this road you will see a sign on right saying Consett Bay. Continue on this road, you will pass a sign on your right for Bath, continue on this road until you reach Bathsheba. From Bathsheba follw the coastal highway to Cattlewash.
View the location of the beach on our Barbados Interactive Map.
Author: Brett Callaghan