If you’re planning a trip to Barbados, chances are you’re ready to hit the beach. Barbados is a tropical island located on the east of the Caribbean so it’s naturally loaded with incredible beaches. The great thing about Barbados is that each coastline offers different styles of water, sand, and scenery. Here are our top 10 recommendations for the best beaches you’ll find in Barbados:
1. Mullin’s Bay Beach
Mullin’s Bay is located on the west coast of Barbados. This beach is the perfect place to slow things down and really let yourself relax. It’s a popular hangout for tourists and locals alike, complete with a charming beach bar that serves great lunch. There are Jet Ski and paddle boat rentals available so you can explore the calming waters, or just post up on the warm sand with a book and enjoy a whole afternoon!
Mullins Mill is an 8 bedroom home of unique character nestled on eight acres of landscaped grounds. The staff at Mullins Mill will go the extra mile to ensure your stay is comfortable and memorable. Once you enter this gorgeous and lush tropical paradise, it’s easy to forget about the outside world. Here, in the perfect surroundings for a wedding, any special occasion or just a relaxing getaway, you can do as much or as little as you like.
2. Miami Beach
Miami Beach, more commonly known now as Enterprise, is a popular soft sand beach near the town of Oistins with a cove on the north side of the barrier and big surfer’s waves on the south side. With it’s usually calm waters and breathtaking sunset views, it’s no surprise it can get crowded on the weekends, so if you can plan to visit this beach during a quieter time in the week, it’s a great spot for families to enjoy a day full of relaxation and beach activities. And seeing as Miami Beach is in close proximity to Oistins fishing village, why not end your fun filled day with a purchase of some freshly caught fish to enjoy for a lovely Caribbean inspired dinner back at your villa.
Situated in the charming Atlantic Shores area on Barbados’s South Coast, Emily House offers serene Caribbean luxury amidst white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. This charming 7 bedroom villa is just steps to some of the most beautiful beaches in Barbados, and an easy drive to Oistins for fresh seafood.
3. Payne’s Bay Beach
Dubbed the “Platinum Coast”, Payne’s Bay Beach is also found on the west coast and is an excellent location for swimming in Barbados as the waters are calm, crystal clear and warm. The surrounding neighborhood of Payne’s Bay is a friendly, vibrant area full of delicious restaurants. There are lots of luxury villas for rent in this area – making it the perfect place for a beach lover to stay and enjoy the vacation of a lifetime.
Find complete serenity at Kiko, the fun and contemporary villa located on the famed west coast of Barbados. With nine luxurious bedrooms, a modern and well-equipped gym and yoga studio, an in-villa spa, sauna, and a sprawling infinity pool overlooking the spectacular ocean views, it’s no surprise that Kiko is a popular choice amongst travelers.
4. Crane Beach
If you’re looking for a beach with more action on the water, this is a great place to spend the day and have some fun! Crane Beach is located on the south east coast and is somewhat secluded, offering lots of extra space. The water here is rougher than surrounding areas, creating big waves that are exciting to swim in. Because of the rough waters, it’s not the best place to bring the kids. However, if you’re traveling with friends or just yourself it’s a great beach option for adults.
Bottom Bay House is a luxury villa in Barbados that feels more like a home than a vacation rental. It’s down a private road, so it’s completely secluded and quiet. Yet the beach—the lush white sand beach—is just a two minute stroll away. You can have complete privacy and total exclusivity without sacrificing being near the ocean.
5. Bathsheba Beach
The scenic Bathsheba Beach is located on the east of the island and is much different than the beaches you’d find on the southern and western coasts. Seeing as the water is a bit rough in this area, it isn’t the best spot for swimming, however if you’re a surfer this beach is a great option if you want to catch some waves. If surfing isn’t your thing, this beach is also a beautiful place to take a leisure stroll and revel in all the natural beauty of the dramatic rock formations along the shoreline.
Cocomaya is an exceptional luxury villa overlooking a championship golf course in the luxury neighborhood of Apes Hill Club Barbados. This 5 bedroom luxury villa is wreathed in the peaceful ambiance of Barbados’s natural surroundings, offering spectacular views of the sea and fairway throughout the day.
6. Sandy Lane Beach
If you’re a beach-goer, we recommend checking out Sandy Lane located just south of the city center. Mahogany trees surround the beach, and it’s been open to the public since 1961. This spot is perfect for swimming as there are no waves or strong riptides. Vacationers can also snorkel and explore the marine life that inhabits this region, showcasing the diversity of Barbados’s flora and fauna.
The Sanzaru in Barbados is the ultimate luxury Caribbean villa. The stunning beachfront property offers the perfect retreat for a luxury holiday. Your kids will love the large pool and home cinema and you’ll appreciate the stunning views over Sandy Lane golf course.
7. Dover Beach
Dover Beach in Barbados is a must for anyone looking for a lively beach with clear, calm waters that are perfect for swimming, as well as sugar-soft sand and a wide expanse to set up your spot on the beach. It’s a social destination for both tourists and locals alike and there are lifeguards on duty year-round, so you can feel safe enjoying your day in the sun. This stretch of beach is home to several boutique resorts and a handful of restaurants and bars, making it the perfect place to unwind.
Welcome to Arcadia. This beautifully restored, three-bedroom beach front home is ideal for families and groups of up to six looking for the privacy and coastal convenience that can only be found on the South Coast of Barbados. Located just steps away from Worthing Beach and a short drive from Dover Beach, this stunning villa will have you living the dream in no time!
8. Accra Beach
Accra Beach, also known as Rockley Beach, is a favorite as it’s a unique mix of public and private that keeps families coming back year after year while ensuring there are plenty of places to retreat if you want to be left alone to read a book and sip on a cocktail under a shady tropical tree. Whether you’re looking for a dual set of boogie boards for the weekend or a Sunfish monohulled sailboat for the whole family, a warm welcome awaits. After an afternoon playing on the beach, you’re sure to work up an appetite; grab a cold drink and some snacks from one of the many kiosks nearby.
With its bright, contemporary furnishings and open layout, Palm Beach 311 is the perfect getaway. Relax in the spacious living room after breakfast with your family, or sit on the patio and watch the waves roll in as you sip a drink as the sunsets.
9. Archer’s Bay
If you are looking for a beach experience that doesn’t include crowds, you should head for the north part of the island and hit up Archer’s Bay. A few friendly monkeys in the trees, beautiful views and an idyllic beach make Archers Bay a fantastic place to spend a day with friends or family. You won’t see any amenities or lifeguards around here, but you may just stumble upon the perfect spot for a quiet picnic. Seeing as there are no lifeguards on duty and the water can be rocky at times, this location is not recommended for swimming.
Leamington Pavilion in Barbados is the ideal setting for families or groups seeking a more personalized holiday alternative to the larger hotels on the island. This opulent beachfront villa is set within two acres of lush, tropical gardens, and provides a magical setting for anyone looking to escape the daily grind and soak up some sun.
10. Silver Sands Beach
Torn between challenging yourself and relaxing on the beach? Silver Sands Beach offers a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. Warning: if you’re a kiteboarding fanatic, the minute you step on the warm sands at Silver Sands Beach, the adrenaline will be pumping. You’ll find paradise when you look up and see hundreds of kites hitting the skies. There are many water sports that you can enjoy on Silver Sands, including windsurfing and parasailing. The beach has a vibrant atmosphere that also makes it an excellent place for photography enthusiasts.
Discover the perfect combination of botanical beauty and coastal luxury at Hectors House. Nestled atop a picturesque hillside, overlooking the shimmering turquoise and sapphire waters of the Caribbean lies Hectors House – a breathtaking vacation home brimming with modern-day luxuries.
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