You’ll find Freights Bay located just above Oistins, in the parish of Christ Church along the south coast of the island. It has a small shoreline and short stretch of beach, so it’s actually not an ideal spot for swimming or sun tanning. It’s also quite rocky and is known for the occasional sea urchin.
In fact, Freights Bay is more well-known for being one of the top surf spots on the south coast.
You’ll find most of the island’s local surf schools take their students to learn to surf at Freights Bay because of the moderate waves there.
You’ll see lots of beginners catching their first waves at Freights Bay, much to their delight and excitement.
Want to know more? For more information on surfing in Barbados, check out our Surfing page.
Please Take Note …
Freights Bay isn’t really a ‘family friendly’ beach, for a few reasons.
Firstly, there is no lifeguard on duty.
Secondly, there are no amenities or facilities here. There’s nowhere to purchase food or drinks, and there are no toilets, showers or changing facilities.
You must also be able bodied to get down the stairs to the beach, and there’s a cliff overlooking the Bay, so one must be mindful if you’re taking children to Freights.
Freights Bay is also quite a secluded spot and parking is in and around the residential area surrounding the Bay, so you’ll need to please be courteous of where you park your car here.
It is worth noting that it is safe to swim at Freights Bay, but just remember that the currents can change quickly, and you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled for incoming surfers and their surfboards.
Freights Bay is actually a great place for a picnic overlooking the Bay and makes a great afternoon out, however if you’re looking for a more family friendly spot with safer swimming conditions, we suggest checking out some of the other beaches on the south coast.
— Top surf spot (especially for beginners)
— Good picnic spot
If you are coming from Oistins, heading away from Bridgetown, follow the road until it comes to a Y fork in the road.
Then, take the right turn towards Enterprise and then turn right again.
With the ocean in front of you, you will need to turn left at the T junction and continue on this road until you come to a clearing.
You will see Cotton Beach Apartments on your left, and you can park opposite Searocks Road.
Next to the house on the cliff you’ll see a gate, which has stairs down to the beach.
You can view the location of Freights Bay on our Barbados Interactive Map.
Author: Brett Callaghan