Take A Dip At Dover Beach

It goes without saying that Barbados is blessed with an abundance of fine beaches, each with their 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 who are looking to be close to all the island action.

The south coast of Barbados is renowned for being the liveliest coast on the island with many activities on offer. 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.

Because Dover is located within a tourist hub, you’ll be close to amenities like convenience stores, tour operators, water sports activities, and souvenir shopping, just to name a few.

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

Dover Beach, in Dover, is conveniently located in the middle of all the action of the infamous St. Lawrence Gap (‘the Gap’). The Gap is one of the island’s most renowned nightlife hot spots for both 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 shoreline), swimming (the waters are fairly calm), and water sports like windsurfing and jetskiing, 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 liquid from the tree is poisonous and causes blistering of the skin.

The tree has green shiny leaves and the fruit is small and apple-shaped -these trees are usually marked by a red band.


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 available 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.

Take a look at our favourites like Intimate Hotels of Barbados, Barbados Rostrevor Hotel, Yellow Bird Hotel, and South Gap Hotel, Time Out Hotel, Bougainvillea Beach Resort, all conveniently located either in or close to St. Lawrence Gap.

There’s also an abundance of restaurants and food and drink outlets in Dover and the Gap for you to choose from.

You’ll also find lots of souvenir shops, especially in St. Lawrence Gap, for those unique local gifts and last minute purchases.

Let’s not forget the nightlife. This part of the island is jam-packed with nightlife options, for all your after-dark party vibes.


Did You Know?

Many hotels and resorts offer all-inclusive packages for you to enjoy your holiday to the fullest, leaving you relaxed and stress-free.

Sandals Resorts, an award-winning chain of luxury resorts, are a prime example of all-inclusive accommodation at its finest.

After an estimated $65 million worth of extensive renovations, the company’s newest Caribbean resort, Sandals Barbados, located in Dover, reopened for guests 28 January 2015.

The new resort boasts 280 luxury rooms/suites, three pools which includes the longest lagoon swimming pool in the Caribbean, and even an exclusively designed wedding garden.

For more information, see the Sandals Resorts official website (www.sandals.com/main/barbados/bd-home).


Driving Directions

If you are coming from Bridgetown, head along the south coast road towards Oistins.

Follow this road straight along until you see the sign saying ‘St. Lawrence Gap’, on your right-hand side.

Turn right into the Gap and go all the way to the end.

When you reach ‘Escape at the Gap’, you’ll see the Dover Beach Facility car park on your right.

Tip: 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 simply ask the driver to put you off at the Gap and walk down to Dover Beach from there.


Author: Brett Callaghan