It goes without saying that Barbados is blessed with an abundance of fine beaches, each with its own unique attractions to suit all your holiday wants and needs.
Dover Beach, located in Christ Church on the south coast of Barbados, is a hive of activity and attracts visitors from all over the world looking to be close to all the island action.
Barbados’s south coast is renowned for being the liveliest coast on the island, with many offers. Not only is there great diving and excellent waves for wind and kite surfing, but there’s also a bustling nightlife, great restaurants, and a broad range of accommodation styles for you to choose from.
Note: Rest assured, it’s not all action stations here; you can still visit Dover and have a relaxing and rejuvenating experience – it’s all up to you!
Dover Beach – A Smorgasbord Of Activities
In Dover, Dover Beach is conveniently located in the middle of all the infamous St. Lawrence Gap (‘the Gap’). The Gap is one of the island’s most renowned nightlife hot spots for locals and visitors alike.
Because of the high density of restaurants and accommodation available in this area, Dover Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the south coast.
Popular for sunbaking (there’s plenty of shorelines), swimming (the waters are fairly calm), and water sports like windsurfing and jet skiing, this action-packed beach also has local vendors selling art and craft, beach volleyball, a children’s play park, beach chair, and umbrella rentals, and so much more.
It’s worth noting that at Dover Beach, there’s also a lifeguard is on duty, shower and toilet facilities, as well as a little shopping village selling souvenirs, beach essentials, drinks, and snacks.
The beach is opposite a large pasture, Dover playing field, so why not take in a local cricket or football match while you’re there and really get a taste of life on the island?
Caution: Watch out for the Manchineel Tree and its fruits, especially when it’s raining as the liquid from the tree is poisonous and causes blistering of the skin.
The tree has green shiny leaves, and the fruit is small, and an apple-shaped -a red band usually marks these trees.
Features Of Dover Beach
— Great swimming conditions
— Beach chairs and umbrellas to rent
— Picnic tables
— Toilet and shower facilities
— Lifeguard on duty
— Food and drinks available
— Water sports
— Children’s playground
What Else Can I Do In Dover?
Activities aside, there’s also some great accommodation in Dover, due to its proximity to the Gap.
Whether you’re looking for hotels, resorts, apartments, guest houses, or beach cottages, you’ll surely find something to suit your style and budget.
Brett Callaghan is the founder and managing director of Totally Barbados. I specialize in writing content for the tourism industry for my island home of Barbados. I help companies build strategies to grow their businesses online with SMART marketing, advertising, and social media goals.