Early morning can be an ideal time to go for a walk along the beach, whether you want to just enjoy a leisurely stroll in a beautiful environment or move at a brisk pace for exercise. There are many options around the island, but here is a short selection of our favourites, several of which include an option to enjoy a nice swim and have breakfast afterwards.
Cattlewash to Morgan Lewis
On the East Coast, walk along several miles of open beach from Cattlewash to Morgan Lewis for as short or long as you choose. The wild sea and dramatic hills of the Scotland District make this a very picturesque walk, especially if you catch the sunrise. Great for bird watching, with white herons, ospreys and shorebirds like little sandpipers busily feeding on the edge of the sea at various seasonal times. Breakfast locations include Sand Dunes in Belleplaine; and Atlantis Hotel, Eco Lodge and Round House in Bathsheba, where reservations are advised.
Close to Bridgetown, Carlisle Bay offers an interesting 25-minute walk each way, with glorious swimming in calm, crystal clear water afterwards. The new Sage bistro on Bay Street serves an eclectic breakfast with specialist coffees and teas.
Richard Haynes Boardwalk
On the South Coast, walk or run along the Richard Haynes Boardwalk, starting at Accra Beach. When finished, you can relax and swim at the beach or have breakfast at nearby Baby Doll Restaurant with its blissfully comfortable lounge chairs or table seating.
Beaches along the West Coast
The glorious West Coast has several shorter but equally enjoyable beach walks. Glitter Bay to Alleynes Bay is a nice stretch and Lone Star serves a superb breakfast. Reeds Bay to The Garden has a few small passable obstacles along the way but it’s worth the effort for the marvellous swimming in front of Merlin Bay. Other stunning stretches include Paynes Bay to Sandy Lane and Speightstown to Six Mens.
Hike to Chalky Mount
If you fancy a hike with a difference that overlooks the East Coast beaches, you might like to try walking - and close to the end scrambling and climbing - to the top of Chalky Mount. Your target will be the cross at the summit, erected in memory of Keith Laurie, a renowned Barbadian agriculturalist.
It’s not easy, but you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent 360 degree view. Take the longer route starting at Barclays Park on the Ermy Bourne Highway, or the more popular shorter version from the village of Chalky Mount, which itself is worth visiting. Be sure to wear proper walking or exercise shoes and a hat.
Of course, all of the above can be just as enjoyable in the cool of the late afternoon, followed by sunset cocktails and an early dinner.