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6 Barbados Beaches You Can’t Miss!
Barbados beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. Each of these stunning Caribbean beaches has unique features, ensuring there’s something for everyone. On the Eastern Atlantic Coast, you’ll find rough beaches ideal for surfing. On the South Coast swimmers enjoy the calmer water where the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea meet. The nearly still Caribbean Sea on the West coast is ideal for swimming & snorkeling. Take a look at these amazing Barbados beaches and you’ll see why Barbados is one of my favorite islands.
6. Needham’s Point Beach
This beach, located on the SouthWest coast of Barbados, is even beautiful during a thunderstorm. An old fort and military cemetery are located on Needham’s Point. It’s a great place to explore or to watch the sunset. The fort and lighthouse are open for visitors, although you can’t go to the top of the lighthouse. This area is surrounded by beautiful beaches, but the closest is Needham’s Point Beach, also known as Hilton Beach given the close proximity of the hotel. This beach is fairly mild and good for swimming. There is also a lifeguard on duty from 9-5.
5. Dover Beach
Dover beach is a white sand beach in the St. Lawrence’s Gap (nightlife) section of Barbados. Several hotels are located on this strip of sand. Due to heavy concentration of hotels in the area, this beach can get quite crowded. The currents can be dangerous here, so be sure to enter the water where you see a lifeguard. Great bars and restaurants are walking distance from this beautiful beach.
4. Pebbles Beach
This white sand beach is unique not for its natural beauty, but rather for the unusual guests you’ll find swimming in water at sunrise. The grooms bring the horses from the nearby race tracks to Carlisle Bay at sunrise each morning to swim and cool down before they head off to work. You can catch a glimpse of them most days, just outside of the Radisson hotel.
3. Drill Hall
This long stretch of beach is located walking distance from Needham’s Point. Here you’ll find a fabulous surf spot for beginners. The water is also calm enough in some places for children to wade. Palm trees provide shade, just off the shore. Pack your lunch and enjoy your whole day at the beach, as there are several picnic tables nearby for visitors.
If you’re a fan of natural beauty, you won’t want to miss this rocky east coast beach. Giant boulders reach out into the sea. And when tides are high, the rock pools fill with water for swimming. Another great spot for the advanced surfer, but a dangerous swim spot so please be careful. Additionally, I’ve heard the sunrises from this beach are phenomenal, but I have yet to see one.
1. Crane Beach
This cliff side beach gets its name not from the infamous birds, but rather from the cranes formerly used to lift goods up and down the side of the cliff. The cranes are gone now, yet the name has remained on this pinkish sandy beach, the most famous on the island. The pink sand gets its hue from the red coral that’s been ground up and mixed into the sand. The clear waters can get rough, but swimming conditions were perfect during my short stay at this world famous beach.
These are just a few of the fabulous beaches Barbados has to offer its visitors. Head down to the island to check them out for yourself! Let me know if you think I’ve missed any. I’m headed back to Barbados soon to do some more exploring! Finally, if you’re interested in a self guided tour around the island, check out Stacey’s Self Drive Island Tour of Barbados.