Sandy Beach – The Place To Be …
Barbados is blessed with many beautiful beaches but Sandy Beach has to be one of the finest on the island.
Sandy beach is located on the south coast of Barbados, in Worthing. In general, south coast beaches have particularly good conditions for swimming, not to mention for relaxing and soaking up the infamous Barbados sunshine.
The beach’s official name is actually Worthing Beach but it is known to everyone simply as Sandy Beach. And, rightly so – the sand here is soft, powdery and white, and with the contrast of the turquoise water surrounding you, it makes for a picturesque day out in Barbados.
Not only is this beach stunning to look at, but it has a lovely atmosphere and there are friendly characters to chat to all over the place.
Sandy Beach used to stretch out for miles, but in recent years the sea has claimed a lot of the beach back. Nevertheless, this force of nature tends to move in cycles and Sandy Beach can still be enjoyed to the fullest by locals and tourist alike.
Not Just A Pretty Picture …
While Sandy Beach is a great photo opportunity, that’s not all it has to offer.
There’s plenty of room to move and you can be assured you will always have a spot to stretch out and relax in a prime position at this beach. The sea at Sandy Beach is like a tropical bath – there’s a shallow reef which makes the sea seem more like a bathing pond and is ideal for keen snorkelers and children, however you can also swim out further into deeper waters. You’ll find you really get the best of both worlds at Sandy Beach!
For those sun-seekers, you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas from the beach vendors at Sandy Beach – just ask for Spock or Richard and they will sort you out with everything you could possibly need for a day of relaxing on the beach.
Sandy Beach is also known for its ideal conditions for windsurfing lessons, so you’ll see many people coming here to try their hand at this sport. There are also plenty of tour boats anchored here so you won’t have to look far to find one to take you out to feed the turtles and tour Barbados by water.
There are toilets, showers, picnic tables, vendors selling beach wear and jewellery, and a beach bar called Crystal Waters open all day for refreshments and food.
There are plenty of trees for shade – just be careful of dropping coconuts!
Sandy Beach is also close to the supermarkets Trimart and Big B (now known as Massy Store), a gas station, the Lucky Horseshoe sports bar, karaoke bar ‘Nelson’s Arms’, and is about ten minutes walk from all the action of St. Lawrence Gap, so you have it all at your fingertips at this beach in a prime location.
Tip: Walk up to Trimart supermarket and you’ll find a marquee bearing the name ‘Trini Doubles‘. These native Trinidadian pocket rockets are all vegetarian and similar to a roti, only smaller. Well worth a try after a hard day at the beach!
Sandy Beach Sunday Action
Venture down to Sandy Beach on a Sunday afternoon and you’ll find the beach bar Crystal Waters having its weekly beach BBQ and rum punch party; a hit with both locals and visitors. You’ll know where it is – just follow the sound of the pumping music and you’ll find it with no problems. Another ‘must do’ during your time in Barbados.
— Great swimming, calm waters
— Beach chairs and umbrellas to rent
— Picnic tables
— Disabled access
— Parking available
If you are coming from Bridgetown, head along the south coast road towards Oistins.
Keep going past the restaurant and bar called Mojo’s and you will come to a set of traffic lights at Worthing, with a Shell gas station on your left.
Go straight through the lights and just after you pass the Lucky Horseshoe sports bar on your left, turn right into the side street where you see the Nelson’s Arms bar, and this will take you into the car park so you get all your beach action started.
Hint: If you get to the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary on the left, you have gone just slightly too far.
View the location of Sandy Beach on our Barbados Interactive Map.
Author: Brett Callaghan