Beaches of the West Coast

Beau­ti­ful white sandy beaches, per­fect sunny weather, clear calm waters– it’s just another gor­geous day on Bar­ba­dos’ West Coast! From the cap­i­tal city of Bridgetown, this coast runs upwards to the parish of St. Peter. The West Coast is a favorite for many tourists look­ing to expe­ri­ence sun, sea and sand. With jet skis, snorkelling adven­tures, swim­ming with the tur­tles, as well as numer­ous bars, shops and restau­rants, there are a host of activ­i­ties to par­take in. Also dubbed as the ‘Plat­inum Coast’, the West Coast of Bar­ba­dos can pro­vide a truly spec­tac­u­lar time with tons of water­sports, and ameni­ties for all.


Remem­ber:
1. Watch out for sea urchins when swimming/​snorkeling near reefs.

2. Where there are water-​sport activ­i­ties per­sons should be cau­tious when enter­ing out­side the area marked with orange coloured buoys!

ALL of Bar­ba­dos’ beaches are open to the pub­lic. There are no pri­vate beaches in Barbados.
This beau­ti­ful beach is located along the Spring Gar­den High­way, and is quite a pop­u­lar beach for some locals. Sev­eral local events are held here annu­ally, includ­ing the delight­ful Pan Pun De Sand, Reg­gae on the Beach, and sev­eral char­ity events. This pic­turesque beach can also be seen from the highway.

This long beach is jew­eled with golden sands, and has an abun­dance of casuar­i­nas and other trees along its shore. Here you can find a few water-​sport oper­a­tors and a restau­rant & bar.
Brandon’s Beach has calm waters that are favor­able for swim­ming and snor­kel­ing. Because of its close prox­im­ity to the Bar­ba­dos Cruise Ter­mi­nal, dur­ing cruise sea­son this beach has its fair share of tourists.
Brandon’s Beach is wheel­chair accessible.

IMPOR­TANT — Manchi­neel Tree Warn­ing!
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swimming
Amenities
  • Shower/​Toilets
  • Food and drinks
  • Beach Equip­ment Rentals
  • Pic­nic tables
  • Benches
  • Parking
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • Rangers
  • Life­guard on duty



Brighton Beach– St. Michael

This scenic west coast beach gives a spec­tac­u­lar view of the Caribbean Sea. Located next to Brandon’s Beach, this beach shares com­mon traits such as golden sands and calm, blue waters. This beach is also pop­u­lar with many locals, and many cruise ship pas­sen­gers tend to fre­quent this beach around cruise sea­son. Brighton Beach is a nest­ing site for the Hawks­bill tur­tle. You are reminded that in the event of a sight­ing, it is impor­tant not to inter­vene or inter­fere with the tur­tles, or their eggs. If you are unsure about what to do, you can call the Bar­ba­dos Sea Tur­tle Project (246) 230 0142. Here, you can find some water-​sport oper­a­tors as the sea con­di­tions are con­ducive to swim­ming and many other activities.
This beach is also wheel­chair accessible.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming and water-​sports

Ameni­ties
  • Shower/​Toilets
  • Food and drinks
  • Beach Equip­ment Rentals
  • Parking
  • Life­guard on duty


Pile Bay– St. Michael

This is a won­der­fully calm, tran­quil beach with clear blue waters occa­sion­ally dot­ted with fish­ing boats and other sea vessels.
Located in a small fish­ing vil­lage, this beach is excel­lent for swim­ming, and snor­kel­ing, although sea-​farers should be cau­tious and aware of the ves­sels in the sea. This is a great loca­tion to observe the island’s fisher folk, as they are fre­quently seen at this bay.
This beach is wheel­chair accessible.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming

Ameni­ties
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • Parking
  • No Lifeguard


Fresh­wa­ter Bay– St. Michael

This peace­ful aquatic gem is per­fect for those who just want to relax and enjoy the atmos­phere of the Caribbean Sea.
There is no water-​sport activ­ity orig­i­nat­ing on these shores, although you are sure to see some activ­ity in the sea. Beau­ti­fully calm waters make swim­ming and snor­kel­ing very enjoy­able expe­ri­ences, with gen­tle waves lap­ping the golden shore.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming and snor­kel­ing



Par­adise Beach– St. Michael

This beach is per­fect for swim­ming and snor­kel­ing due to its calm, peace­ful waters. Adorned with Bar­ba­dos’ trade­mark golden sands, this beau­ti­ful sea offers up a fan­tas­tic view of the west coast, com­ple­mented by a gen­tle breeze.
Snorkel­ers will also find reef here to explore, as some can be seen in the sea close to shore.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming and snor­kel­ing



Batts Rock Beach– St. James

This beau­ti­ful Caribbean Sea beach is an ideal for pic­nics and swim­ming due to its wide expanse of golden sands, tall trees for shade against the Caribbean sun, and of course its calm, turquoise waters.
There is even a play park here for chil­dren to enjoy.
This is indeed a relax­ing beach to enjoy with the whole fam­ily, with breath­tak­ing sun­set views over its Caribbean Sea.
Batts Rock Beach is wheel­chair accessible.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming

Ameni­ties
  • Shower/​Toilets
  • Pic­nic tables
  • Benches
  • Parking
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • Rangers
  • Life­guard on duty



Prospect Beach– St. James

This west coast bay is a beau­ti­fully calm beach, with gen­tle waters and golden sands. The sea con­di­tions here are ideal for swim­ming and snor­kel­ing, and you can find a few water-​sport oper­a­tors here.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming

Ameni­ties
  • Beach equip­ment rentals
  • Ranger
  • No Lifeguard



Good Shep­herd Beach– St. James

This tran­quil beach is an oasis of golden sand, lush veg­e­ta­tion, tall casuar­i­nas and sparkling waters.
Named after the church it serves as a water­front for, this lovely beach is per­fect for pic­nics and swim­ming. There are also a few reefs and tur­tle sight­ings here, so snorkel­ers can have a great time explor­ing. The sea floor can be a bit rocky in places, so cau­tion should be exercised.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming

Ameni­ties
  • Pic­nic tables
  • Benches
  • Parking
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • Rangers
  • No Lifeguard



Fitts Vil­lage Beach– St. James

This beau­ti­ful St. James beach is in the heart of activ­ity, with a super­mar­ket, shop­ping area, restau­rant and a beach bar within close prox­im­ity. Named after the fish­ing vil­lage it is located in, Fitts Vil­lage beach also fea­tures an esplanade nes­tled in among trees. As with its sis­ter beaches along this Gold Coast, this beach boasts of sun-​kissed golden sands, and won­der­fully blue calm waters. This is a great beach for swim­ming, snor­kel­ing and picnics.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming and snor­kel­ing

Ameni­ties
  • Shower/​Toilets
  • Pic­nic tables
  • Benches
  • Parking
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • Rangers
  • No Lifeguard



Appleby Beach/​Crystal Cove– St. James

This slice of par­adise is a won­der­ful beach to enjoy, with a few water-​sport oper­a­tors on hand. Its calm waters are ideal for swim­ming and snor­kel­ing, and the golden sands are a per­fect place to relax and work on your tan. Sun­sets are absolutely gor­geous here, so be sure to walk with your camera.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming and water-​sport activ­i­ties

Ameni­ties
  • Beach equip­ment rentals
  • No Lifeguard



Mahogany Bay– St. James

Mahogany Bay has the char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally calm, blue waters and golden sands to the west coast. There are a few nat­ural reefs in the water, mak­ing it a good area to explore with a snorkel. The already calm waters also form nat­ural pools, mak­ing it ideal for a swim or a dip in the ocean. This beau­ti­ful gem is also the beach­front to a fish­ing com­plex, which is part of the Paynes Bay fish­ing vil­lage. It is also within close prox­im­ity to the Cubana mon­u­ment, an Obelisk-​shaped trib­ute in mem­ory of the 73 pas­sen­gers who per­ished on Octo­ber 6th 1976 on board the bombed Air Cubana Flight CU 455.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming and snor­kel­ing

Ameni­ties
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • Benches
  • Pic­nic tables
  • No Lifeguard



Trea­sure Beach/​Tamarind Cove Beach– St. James

Also called Tamarind Cove Beach because of the Tamarind Cove Hotel Resort it fronts, this gor­geous beach boasts of clear, blue waters, golden sands and beau­ti­ful land­scape. Here, you can also find some water-​sport oper­a­tors to add more excite­ment to your sea day.
The waters at this lovely beach are quite calm, mak­ing it a great beach to swim and snorkel at. The sea floor can be a bit rocky in places so cau­tion should be exercised.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming

Ameni­ties
  • Beach equip­ment rentals
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • No Lifeguard



Paynes Bay– St. James

This scenic stretch of Caribbean Sea is a won­der for the eyes with its golden sands, and turquoise waters. Water-​sport oper­a­tors are around this beau­ti­ful beach offer­ing fun activ­i­ties such as banana boat rides, jet-​skiing, snor­kel­ing and more. Because of all of these sea activ­i­ties, this beach tends to be lively with peo­ple, espe­cially around the week­end. The sea con­di­tions are calm waters, mak­ing it an excel­lent swim­ming spot. For the fish lovers, there is the Paynes Bay Fish­ing Com­plex on the beach where you can go in and pur­chase freshly caught fish.
Paynes Bay is wheel­chair accessible.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming and water-​sports

Ameni­ties
  • Shower/​Toilets
  • Beach equip­ment rentals
  • Ven­dors sell­ing arts and craft
  • Parking
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • Rangers
  • Life­guard on duty



Sandy Lane Beach– St. James

This daz­zling west coast beach serves as a water­front for the five-​star lux­ury accom­mo­da­tion, Sandy Lane Hotel Resort.
This beau­ti­ful stretch of beach is high­lighted by its golden sands, turquoise waters and beau­ti­ful seascape. The serene waters are per­fect for swim­ming and wad­ing, and its sands are a per­fect place to relax on while watch­ing the gor­geous sun­set over this Caribbean sea.
Sandy Lane Beach has some water-​sport oper­a­tors, but some of these only oper­ate for Sandy Lane Hotel Resort guests. There is also a beach bar on this five-​star prop­erty that non-​guests can also use.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming and water-​sports

Ameni­ties
  • Shower/​Toilets
  • Food and drinks
  • Beach equip­ment rentals
  • Parking
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • Rangers
  • Life­guard on duty



Vaux­hall Beach– St. James

This gor­geous stretch of sand is located in close prox­im­ity to one of Bar­ba­dos’ major towns– Holetown.
This beach boasts of beau­ti­fully golden sand, and calm, blue waters. These con­di­tions make this a very ideal swim­ming spot, but cau­tion should be exer­cised as there are a few rocks located in the waters.
The crowd here is usu­ally small, mak­ing it an ideal loca­tion for a roman­tic get-​a-​way. Its west coast loca­tion gives you a front row seat to the strik­ing Bar­ba­dos sunsets.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming



Hole­town Beach– St. James

This west coast beach is located in the Hole­town, St. James area, and is a beau­ti­ful beach with white sands and tran­quil waters.
Because of its close prox­im­ity to this his­toric town, this beach attracts a fairly large crowd, espe­cially over the week­ends. Ven­dors abound here offer­ing you an oppor­tu­nity to pur­chase Bajan arts and craft.
There is also a beach bar here, mak­ing it a con­ve­nient stop for refreshments.
Its calm waters are very suit­able for swim­mers, and there are quite a few water-​sport oper­a­tors in this area. There is even a hair braider who can fix you u with a beau­ti­fully done authen­tic island style.
IMPOR­TANT — Manchi­neel Tree Warn­ing!
This beach is also wheel­chair accessible.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming and water-​sports

Ameni­ties
  • Shower/​Toilets
  • Food and drinks
  • Beach equip­ment rentals
  • Parking
  • Ven­dors sell­ing arts and craft
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • Rangers
  • Life­guard on duty



Trents Beach– St. James

This beau­ti­ful beach serves as a beach­front for Dis­cov­ery Bay Hotel and Sand­piper Hotel. It has won­der­fully calm waters, mak­ing it suit­able for swim­ming and wading.
The gor­geously golden sands are per­fect to sun­tan on, and there are even a few water-​sport oper­a­tors here. It is a great beach for sea adven­tures, and the sea con­di­tions are great for snorkeling.

Ameni­ties
  • Beach equip­ment rentals
  • Rangers
  • No Lifeguard



Folke­stone Beach– St. James

Folke­stone Beach is a gor­geous stretch of sand that has quite a few things to boast of. Not only does it have the sun-​kissed golden sands of the Gold Coast and the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea, it also has an under­wa­ter park marine reserve– Folke­stone Marine Reserve.This reserve fea­tures an arti­fi­cial reef, cre­ated by the delib­er­ate sink­ing of the ship Stavronikita, and is 120ft deep. This reef pro­vides shel­ter and a home to many forms of marine life, includ­ing sea anemones, sea lilies, sea fans and sponges. This is a great area for scuba-​divers to explore.

It also has an inshore reef, an area mostly uti­lized by snorkel­ers, and a Museum which pro­vides infor­ma­tion and pho­tographs on coastal marine life, as well as an aquar­ium with rare and fas­ci­nat­ing sea crea­tures includ­ing coral and sponges.
Folke­stone Marine Reserve also has other facil­i­ties such as ten­nis and bas­ket­ball courts, pic­nic area and a children’s playground.
This beach is per­fect for pic­nics and a favorite for many locals on week­ends. There are also water-​sport oper­a­tors here.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming and water-​sports

Ameni­ties
  • Shower/​Toilets
  • Food and drinks
  • Beach equip­ment rentals
  • Parking
  • Benches
  • Pic­nic Tables
  • Ven­dors sell­ing arts and craft
  • Children’s play area
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • Rangers
  • Life­guard on duty



Church Beach/​Colony Club Beach/​Heron Bay– St. James

This lovely St. James Beach is quite calm, and beau­ti­ful. It is the beach­front for Heron Bay House, a stun­ning coral stone house built in 1947 by the late Ronald Tree, a mem­ber of the Win­ston Churchill British Cabinet.
This house sits on 20 acres of land that even includes a small lake, and has seen the likes of many famous peo­ple, includ­ing for­mer US Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton and for­mer British Prime Min­is­ter Sir Win­ston Churchill.
Its tran­quil waters are per­fect for swim­ming and snor­kel­ing. There are also water-​sport oper­a­tors here offer­ing activ­i­ties such as kayak­ing and jet-​skiing.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming and water-​sports

Ameni­ties
  • Beach equip­ment rentals
  • No Lifeguard



Weston Beach– St. James

This west coast beach is nes­tled in the Weston fish­ing vil­lage, and a fish­ing com­plex com­plete with a fish mar­ket. Apart from the fish­ing com­plex, it also shares its beach­front with a pop­u­lar sea­side bar.
This peace­ful beach has calm waters, ideal for swim­ming and snor­kel­ing. Its golden sands are great to sun­tan on, and its waters are jew­eled with quaint fish­ing boats in the backdrop.
This is also a great place to enjoy a Caribbean Sea sunset.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming

Ameni­ties
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • No Lifeguard



St. Alban’s Beach/​Carlton Beach/​Tropicana Beach– St. James

Crowned with golden sands, draped in calm blue waters and jew­eled with many trees, this beach is a lit­tle slice of Bar­ba­dian heaven.
Locally rec­og­nized as Carl­ton Beach, it has also acquired the name Trop­i­cana from surfers.
The waters here are calm, mak­ing it highly suit­able for swim­mers. There are also some water-​sport oper­a­tors in this area.
At this beach you may see some sail­ing cruises and fish­ing boats in the waters.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming and water-​sport

Ameni­ties
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • No Lifeguard


Gibbs Beach– St. James

Here, the waters are won­der­fully calm and ideal for swim­ming and snor­kel­ing. This beach also fea­tures an array of vaca­tion homes and beau­ti­ful, lush trop­i­cal plants.
Its shady seascape makes it a great place for a pic­nic, or to sim­ply relax under a tree and enjoy a Gibbs Beach sunset.
There are not many peo­ple who usu­ally fre­quent this beach, although it is a beach stop for some local boat cruises.
You can also find some water-​sport oper­a­tors who offer activ­i­ties such as jet-​skiing, water ski­ing and even banana boat rides.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming and water-​sport

Ameni­ties
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • No Lifeguard


Mullins Beach– St. Peter

This golden sanded aquatic gem is usu­ally alive with peo­ple and activ­ity. Def­i­nitely one of the pop­u­lar west coast beaches, Mullins Bay is a beach the whole fam­ily can enjoy. Its waters are clear and calm mak­ing them highly suit­able for swim­ming and wading.
Chil­dren are cer­tainly not left out as there are some sea activ­i­ties that they can enjoy such as the sea tram­po­line and iceberg.
Water-​sports such as jet ski­ing, pedal boats and banana boat rides are also avail­able here.
There is also a bar and restau­rant here for a nice time-​out from your tir­ing sea adventures.
This is also a great beach to enjoy a Caribbean Sea sunset.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming and water-​sports

Ameni­ties
  • Shower/​Toilets
  • Food and drinks
  • Beach equip­ment rentals
  • Parking
  • Ven­dors sell­ing arts and craft
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • Rangers
  • No Lifeguard



King’s Beach/St.Peter’s Bay– St. Peter

Once the beach­front for the King’s Beach Hotel, it is now the front for St Peter’s Bay lux­ury Con­do­mini­ums Resort. It is also locally known as Dark Hole Beach. This beau­ti­ful beach fea­tures golden sands, and a num­ber of bays divided by rocks and arti­fi­cial reefs. These reefs are great places for snorkel­ers to explore. The sea con­di­tions at King’s Beach are calm, and very favor­able for swim­mers. How­ever, swim­mers should be care­ful as the sea floor can be a bit rocky in some areas. You should be able to find some water-​sport oper­a­tors here.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming and water-​sports
Amenities
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • No Lifeguard


Cobbler’s Cove Beach– St. Peter

Aptly named after the Cobbler’s Cove Hotel that it serves as water­front for, this beach is also locally known as Cholera Beach.
This gor­geous stretch of sand fea­tures beau­ti­fully calm waters, per­fect for swim­ming and snor­kel­ing. You can also find a num­ber of water-​sport oper­a­tors here.
The crowd here is usu­ally very small, and this is a great beach to take in one of the Gold Coast’s stun­ning sunsets.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming and water-​sports
Amenities
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • Parking
  • No Lifeguard



God­ings Bay Beach– St. Peter

This beach is absolutely gor­geous, with beau­ti­ful sands and crys­tal clear waters– per­fect for sun-​tanning and swimming.
The trees at this beach pro­vide shade as well as serves as eye food as they dec­o­rate this beau­ti­ful seascape. There is also some beach activ­ity here as you can find some water-​sport oper­a­tors in this area.
God­ings Bay Beach is fairly iso­lated with not much of a crowd, mak­ing it a great place for a roman­tic getaway.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming and water-​sports
Amenities
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • Parking
  • No Lifeguard



Speight­stown Bay– St. Peter

Named after the his­toric town of Speight­stown, this beau­ti­ful sea gem is located in… you guessed it… Speightstown!
This tran­quil beach can be seen from the road, and is located in the heart of Speightstown’s shop­ping district.
The sea con­di­tions here are calm, but with some under­tow, suit­able for swim­mers. This can be a per­fect break away from a long day shop­ping in the town.
Waves - Calm waters with some under­tow; ideal for swim­ming
Amenities
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • No Lifeguard



Hey­woods Beach– St. Peter

Located just on the fringes of Speight­stown, this beach enjoys calm, clear waters, golden sands and areas of shal­low reef.
The reefs found here are great places for snorkel­ers to enjoy, and there are a few nat­ural pools formed that are suit­able for chil­dren to wade in.
Hey­woods Beach also serves as a water­front for Port St.Charles Marina and the now closed Almond Beach Club Resort. You can also find a small exec­u­tive golf course on this beach.
The sea con­di­tions make Hey­woods Beach suit­able for swim­ming, and water-​sport oper­a­tors can also be found here. Food and drinks can be found at this beach.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming
Amenities
  • Food and drinks
  • Beach equip­ment rentals
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • Parking
  • No Lifeguard



Six Men’s Bay– St. Peter

Located in a quiet St. Peter fish­ing vil­lage, this scenic beach is also the beach­front for a small fish mar­ket, great for secur­ing fresh fish.
Decked with golden sand, clear blue waters and the idyl­lic fish­ing boats bob­bing in the sea, Six Men’s Bay is one of the most illus­trated por­traits of Barbados.
This is also a great place to meet with the local friendly fish­er­folk and learn more about Bar­ba­dos through their eyes. You can even watch them tend to their boats, and in some case even see how the boats are made.
There is also a week­end Fish Fry at Six Men’s, a pop­u­lar place to visit for many locals.
Here, the sea con­di­tions are calm, with some under­tow, mak­ing it suit­able for swimming.
Waves - Calm waters with lit­tle to no under­tow; ideal for swim­ming
Amenities
  • Food and drinks
  • Trees pro­vide shade
  • No Life­guard


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