The Best Beaches In Barbados

Barbados has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. From the surfer’s paradise to family-friendly shores, each beach offers a unique experience.

In this article we have shortlisted our best 5 beaches in Barbados, we are very lucky that our villa is on the doorstep of 2 beaches out of our top 5. So maybe we are a little biased towards those beaches as we spend a lot of time at them! We have included the ‘best of the rest’ beaches so you can see what else is on offer.

Why are Barbados Beaches so good?

Barbados stands is a total paradise for beach lovers. Here, the waters of the Atlantic meet the Caribbean, creating a perfect setting for relaxation or adventure – depending on the coast that you choose!

The allure of Barbadian beaches goes beyond their crystal-clear waters and powdery sands. 

Each beach on this island carries its own unique character and charm. From bustling shores with lively water sports to secluded bays offering tranquil retreats, Barbados promises a diverse array of experiences to suit every kind of beachgoer.

Top 5 Beaches in Barbados

  1. Holetown Beach
    Why It’s the Best: Holetown Beach, our number one pick, is nestled in the heart of historic Holetown on the west coast. Its warm turquoise waters are perfect for swimming, kayaking, waterskiing, jet skiing and boat trips. The beach also features a boardwalk for leisurely strolls and is close to various beachfront restaurants and Sunset Crest beach house

    Conveniently located near many hotels and easily accessible by public transport, it’s a top choice because of its great beach plus there are a lot of things to do in Holetown.

  2. Crane Beach
    What Makes It Special: Crane Beach is known for its warm pink sands and layered turquoise waves, creating a surreal, almost psychedelic aura. The towering bluffs and churning waves at sea level make for excellent boogie boarding. Despite its popularity, especially in the southern portion near the resort, the beach is spacious enough to avoid crowding.

  3. Folkestone Beach and Marine Park
    Best For Snorkeling: With its shaded park leading to golden sands, Folkestone Beach offers a relaxed atmosphere perfect for walking and swimming. The highlight here is the snorkelling experience just offshore in the protected marine area, teeming with tropical fish and the occasional sea turtle. It’s a safe spot for snorkelers of all levels.

  4. Miami Beach
    Family-Friendly Pick: Miami Beach is an excellent spot for a family outing. The beach boasts soft white sands for sandcastle building and a protected swimming area. Fun waves for boogie boarding and a lifeguard station add to its appeal, with picnic tables under Casuarina trees for a break from the sun.

  5. Bathsheba Beach
    Surfer’s Paradise: Bathsheba Beach Barbados, set against a backdrop of verdant cliffs, is a haven for surfers, particularly at the Soup Bowl reef break. Known for its otherworldly rock formations and rolling Atlantic waves, it’s a great spot for breezy walks, photography, and surfing, rather than casual swimming.
Guy Bridge drinking a banks beer at Zaccios Holetown Beach

Each of these beaches offers something unique, whether it’s for relaxation, a Barbados boat trip, family fun, water sports, or simply enjoying the stunning scenery that Barbados is famous for.

The Best of the Rest: More Great Barbados Beaches

Pebbles Beach
This delightful beach near Bridgetown in the south offers a tranquil setting with its soft sands and gentle waves, ideal for families and swimmers. It’s a popular spot for diving and snorkelling, providing a window into the underwater world, including the fascinating Carlisle Bay with its six shipwrecks.

Dover Beach
Located in St. Lawrence Gap along the southern coast, Dover Beach is a haven for watersports enthusiasts. With its extensive equipment rentals and favourable conditions, visitors can enjoy everything from sailboating to water scootering. Despite its active environment, safety is a priority with on-duty lifeguards, and there’s plenty of space to unwind on the beach. It is also a short drive from Worthing Beach, which is another great Barbados beach that is actually suitable for anyone wanting to try fly fishing in Barbados.

Bottom Bay Beach
Nestled on the island’s southeastern shore and surrounded by cliffs, this secluded beach offers a serene escape. Its golden-white sands provide a peaceful retreat, although swimming is discouraged due to strong waves and the absence of lifeguards. It’s a favourite for those seeking a quiet, scenic spot away from crowds.

Browne’s Beach
One of the island’s largest beaches, Browne’s Beach is a hub of activity just south of Bridgetown. It’s perfect for swimming, diving, and lounging, with lifeguards ensuring safety. The underwater world here is rich with marine life and sunken treasures, making it a diver’s paradise.

Silver Sands Beach
Recognized globally for kitesurfing and windsurfing, this beach on the southern shore blends excitement with relaxation. It offers amenities like benches, shade, a play park, and even WiFi, catering to both adventure-seekers and those looking for a peaceful day out.

Brandons Beach
A tranquil beach on the outskirts of Bridgetown, Brandons Beach is perfect for a quiet swim or a family picnic. Its remote location ensures a less crowded experience, and the scenic walk from the city adds to its charm.

Mullins Beach
A West Coast gem, Mullins Beach in southwestern Saint Peter is famed for its soft sands and safe swimming areas. It offers a variety of water sports, from high-speed boating to kayaking, making it a favourite for both relaxation and adventure.

Teddy Ellmore playing with the sand on Holetown Beach

The Final Word on the Best Beaches In Barbados

From the rugged, picturesque scenery of Bathsheba to the serene allure of Miami Beach, each beach we’ve visited paints a picture of Barbados’s diverse coastal beauty. Folkestone, with its rich marine life and inviting waters, offers an underwater adventure, while the pristine Crane Beach provides a perfect backdrop for relaxation and reflection.

Hometown Beach, our local favourite along with the nearby Folkestone, is the essence of Barbadian beach life – laid-back, friendly, and always welcoming. Villa Sunnyside is a five-minute walk from the shores of Holetown Beach and amenities such as the Beach House.

Whether you’re lounging under the sun at Crane Beach or snorkelling in the clear waters of Folkestone, we hope you enjoy yourself and that this guide has inspired you to explore more of the fantastic beaches that Barbados has to offer!

john, Lucy, Teddy & Margo at hunts gardenss
Lucy Bridge

I love to travel with my family. Over the years, we’ve found ourselves coming back to the magic of Sunset Crest. So much so, that we finally decided to take the plunge and buy Villa Sunnyside in 2022!