A Day at the Beach


Christine Wilkie

March 31, 2020

With sand in subtle shades of white or pink, the beaches here are all public. Each has its own character and favourite pursuits... surfers, sunbathers, families, couples, solitude seekers, hotties, beach boys, lively locals and vacationing pensioners—all find a place and a pace to enjoy.

Family Friendly

On the south coast, Sandy Beach is a lovely wide beach with very calm, shallow water – ideal for families with young children. Beach chairs, umbrellas, snorkeling gear and towels are available from ‘Spock’.  Food and drinks can be purchased at the laid back Carib Beach Bar.

Sandy Beach

The popular Miami Beach (also known as Enterprise Beach) has a shallow, calm side, perfect for small children, while the other side has small to medium waves for the action seekers. Plenty of shade. Picnic tables, parking, chairs and umbrellas, refreshments and public facilities.

Boardwalk Bliss

There are some lovely, calm, shallow swimming areas along the Richard Haynes Boardwalk on the south coast, perfect for cooling off after a jog. A number of inviting little bars and restaurants pop up along the boardwalk: Blakey’s, Tapas, Naru and Salt Café are all good choices.

New & Ultra Chic

The popular Mullins Beach is now home to the classy Sea Shed restaurant, offering a laissez-faire seaside vibe—sophisticated, yet easy-going, and très barefoot chic.

A selection of fine wines and Champagnes harmoniously complements the elegant, light and colourful dishes, flavoured with local inspiration by Chef Jeremy Dupire.  

Perfect Pair for Picnics

Bottom Bay, on the south east coast, is a stunning, often deserted beach (quietest on week days). Park on the clifftop and go down the steps. Beach chairs rentals and drinks are sometimes sold.

Bottom Bay

Foul Bay, just south of Crane Beach, is a long, wide tree-lined beach with shady areas suitable for picnics. The best swimming is at the eastern end of the beach. Watch out for undercurrents at both beaches - no lifeguards on duty. Stop by Cutters of Barbados, just past The Crane Resort, and collect your picnic fare and some of their famous rum punch!

Foul Bay

Shady Characters

To catch the shade on the west coast beaches, it’s best to get there early, before the sun starts shifting towards the horizon. The following beaches offer good shade and excellent swimming conditions.

Gibbes Beach

Gibbes Beach is a sweeping, sandy stretch of beach with lots of large shady trees and some of the most desirable villas on the island.

Heron Bay

Heron Bay is usually a quiet beach with good shade and snorkeling at the northern end - access is next to Colony Club Hotel, with limited but convenient parking.

Reeds Bay

Reeds Bay is a lovely, long, wide arc of golden sand that’s usually quiet except for visiting catamarans. Halfway along is Coconut Palms West, a local beach bar serving cold drinks and food with chairs for rent.

The lovely Batts Rock beach has good snorkelling conditions and facilities.  The trendy new beach bar and seaside restaurant, La Cabane, serves superb food and a good selection of cocktails and wine. For Glass Bottom Boat Tours call Max or Michael at Team Baywatch at 249-5115 or 232-8157.

Things to do

From swimming with sea turtles, partying under the stars, exploring the rugged east coast to enjoying the island’s duty free shopping, Barbados has something for everyone.