Accra Beach – South Coast Hot Spot
There are so many great beaches in Barbados each with their unique characteristics, and Accra Beach is indeed no exception.
Accra Beach is located in Rockley in Christ Church, on the south coast of Barbados. As with most south coast beaches, the conditions for swimming at Accra Beach are usually safe, and it’s also a great spot for socializing and soaking up the sunshine.
This is a popular beach among both locals and tourists alike.
Did You Know?
The beach is also known as Rockley Beach. However, most people call it Accra Beach due to its closeness to the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa. It has also been said that this is the site where slaves were transported from Accra in Ghana (West Africa) to Barbados, hence the name ‘Accra’ Beach.
All The Action At Accra Beach
Accra Beach tends to be busier than some of the other beaches, but there’s always plenty of action and fun to be had by everyone. The water is great for swimming as it is mostly calm, with small waves. It’s a great beach to body/boogie board and body surf, snorkel, as well as take a relaxing dip after a hard day soaking up the sun.
Limited water sports are also available at Accra Beach. However, there is not as much on offer compared with some of the other south coast beaches on the island.
You can rent sun loungers and umbrellas at Accra Beach – prices are negotiable with vendors and can vary, depending on the season. For example, prices may increase during high tourist season, which is generally from around mid-December to mid-April.
As with most of Barbados’ beaches, there is also plenty of natural shade at Accra Beach – just watch out for dropping coconuts; a must on any of the beaches island-wide. You’ll find vendors selling beachwear, gifts and local art and craft souvenirs in the wooden huts, provided by the National Conservation Commission (NCC). You will also find vendors walking the beach selling various souvenirs like jewelry and other crafts – prices are negotiable and are at the discretion of each vendor.
Accra Beach has a large car park, showering, changing room and toilet facilities, as well as a children’s playground.
There’s also a taxi rank, very convenient if you don’t feel to walk or ride the bus home after a long day in the sun or a couple of potent beach cocktails. Just remember to agree upon a price before setting off on your journey, as taxis in Barbados are not metered.
Wait, There’s More!
You needn’t go far from Accra Beach if you’re feeling hungry or thirsty. Several beach-side bars are selling local food, drinks and mixed cocktails like pina colada that you can happily sit in and enjoy, or take away.
You will also find the occasional food van in the car park (especially around lunch time) selling great local food at reasonable prices.
Not to forget there are picnic tables at the back of Accra beach where you can also enjoy your food and drinks, or just sit and watch the world go by.
Accra Beach is also home to the Tiki Bar, and its central location means it is within close walking distance to many other great restaurants and bars. In fact, directly opposite the beach is Quayside Centre – an outdoor shopping complex which houses various food outlets, a coffee shop, convenience store, as well as some shopping opportunities for gifts and souvenirs.
Accra Beach is also opposite Chefette Restaurant, a well known fast food chain on the island.
— Great swimming, small waves
— Sun loungers and umbrellas to rent
— Picnic tables
— Toilets, showers and changing facilities
— Food and drinks available
— Clothes and souvenir stalls
— Disabled/wheelchair access
— Children’s playground
— Taxi rank
— Ample parking available
If you are coming from Bridgetown, head along the south coast road towards Oistins.
Follow this road straight along, and you will see Accra Beach Hotel and Spa on your right-hand side.
Just after the Hotel entrance, you will see the public beach access and car park.
Look out for ‘Quayside Centre’ on your left-hand side, and you’ll know it’s just short of here. The beach itself is opposite Chefette Restaurant.
You can even view the location of Accra Beach on our Barbados Google Map.
If driving isn’t an option, we suggest catching the number 11 ZR Van marked ‘to Silver Sands,’ from the ‘van stand’ in Bridgetown. This van takes you all the way along the south coast road, and you can just ask the driver to put you off at Accra Beach.
By: Brett Callaghan