A true island paradise, Barbados is ringed by golden sandy beaches, coconut trees and glimmering aqua waters. Blessed with the exciting duality of the charismatic Atlantic Ocean on one side and the calm, serene Caribbean Sea on the other side of the island, Barbados beaches have something to offer everyone. 

Whether you are a daring surfer, keen on snorkelling, want to swim with turtles or are simply interested in soaking up the sun on the sand, Barbados has a beach for you.

East Coast – For the daring

The East Coast of Barbados is known for its striking landscapes: the craggy cliff face of Chalky Mount, the undulating hills of The Sleeping Giant, scenic Cherry Tree Hill and more. 

But perhaps it is best known for its picturesque beaches with exciting surf, with places like Surf bowl long known as a local hotspot for catching the best waves. The most popular beaches on this coast are Bathsheba and Cattlewash and are enjoyed by surfers and regular sea bathers alike. 

There are many small natural pools perfect for bathing for families to enjoy at Cattlewash. At the same time, Bathsheba is a popular picnic spot for locals who are happy to stay onshore and watch the daring surfers ride huge waves to their heart’s content.

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Bathsheba on the East Coast of Barbados

Looking for property on the East Coast of Barbados?

If you’re looking for complete privacy, then Beach Houses by The Crane is for you. 

Developed by award-winning Crane Resorts, Beach Houses brings spectacular East Coast ocean-front real estate, contemporary villas, five-star services and exceptional value. This is authentic Barbados with unspoilt beaches, endless ocean views, and limestone cliffs. It’s where you come not to be seen but to truly get away from it all with complete seclusion and privacy.

The Beach Houses by The Crane community is an exclusive low-density development on the edge of the Barbados Nation Park. The terraced, single-storey homes overlook Skeete’s Bay and Culpepper Island and nestle discreetly into the 50-acre hillside. 

Each Beach House has expansive open-plan living spaces that seamlessly blend modern, environmentally friendly architectural design with the casual and relaxed comfort of a traditional Barbados East Coast beach house.

South East Coast – For the adventuring

The Southeast coast is characterized by its dramatic sea cliffs, rugged coastline and little-known beaches and coves, perfect for exploring. 

Hidden bays on the southeast coast include Ginger Bay, which is on the other side of the world-famous Crane Beach, and Shark Hole, a stunning cove bracketed by picturesque cliffs, creating a small bay just big enough for a dip and stunning photography. 

Many smaller beaches not many people know of, such as Peat Bay, Kitridge Bay, Harrismith and more, are ideal for exploring on a cliffside hike in the early morning. 

Further along the southeast coast is Silver Sands beach, perfect for the truly adventurous type. If you’re more daring than the average surfer, you can elevate to some other surfing activities as kiteboarding is taught and can be enjoyed from surf schools at this beach.

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Crane Beach on the Southeast Coast of Barbados

Looking for property on the South East Coast of Barbados?

Then the Crane Private Residences are for you!

The Crane Resort has been a world-class resort destination welcoming guests to Barbados since 1887. The Crane Private Residences continue this heritage today. The architecturally designed properties are set in a spectacular location offering turnkey ownership, breath-taking ocean views and services designed for long-term living.

This master-planned five-acre residential development of five buildings houses spacious and luxurious one-, two-, and three-bedroom flexible residences. Owners have access to the wealth of amenities and services provided by The Crane Resort, with the world-famous Crane Beach steps away.

Check out our private sale listings:

Or discover more about Crane Private Residences currently under development.

South Coast – For watersports

The perfect beach in Barbados for watersports such as snorkelling in Barbados is arguably Carlisle Bay. 

This bay is large and is home to at least two large sunken wrecks, which are just waiting for snorkelers to discover. In addition, passing catamaran cruises often feed sea turtles in the area, meaning that you are likely to catch sight of a few during your snorkelling dive at the beach. 

Another beach on the South Coast of Barbados which is excellent for watersports is Brandon’s beach, as the Rascals Water Park recently opened there and is already a delight for the whole family to enjoy. Even better, you can cool off afterwards with a beverage from the waterpark’s bar right on the beach.

And in case you are on a cruise with time is in short supply and looking for Barbados beaches near the seaport, Brandon’s Beach and Carlisle Bay should be your top choices, as each is on either side of the cruise port.

O2 Beach Club & Spa at Dover Beach

O2 Beach Club & Spa at Dover Beach

Looking for property on the South Coast of Barbados?

Our suggestions for a property on the South Coast of Barbados include:

O2 Beach Club and Spa

At O2 Beach Club & Spa, you can enjoy the comforts of your own vacation home and the luxury amenities provided by a 5-star hotel. Located directly on Dover Beach in the popular South Coast resort area of St Lawrence Gap, O2 Beach Club & Spa comprises one- and two-bedroom condos in a luxury beachfront property. Each spacious apartment features views of the turquoise Caribbean sea, a large deck or terrace, and a fully equipped kitchen.

The Sands

Located on 2.48 acres of stunning beachfront property in Worthing, overlooking a shimmering bay, powder beaches and crystal-clear azure waters, The Sands delivers stylish condo-hotel living with tropical gardens and fantastic sea views in the heart of the south coast. The Sands is a superb solution for those who want to own a luxurious vacation home with part-time usage while benefiting from attractive returns for the remainder of the year. 

West Coast – For the sunbathing

While it’s true that you could very well sunbathe on any coast, it simply doesn’t get better than soaking up the sun on the glamorous, platinum West Coast of Barbados. You will likely get a few minutes more sun on this coast as the sun sets a bit later in the west. 

This coast is filled with beautiful calm beaches such as Payne’s Bay, Folkestone, Gibbes Beach, and many more. In addition, the relatively serene Caribbean waters of Barbados’ West Coast beaches also makes them perfect for both beginner swimmers and children.

Mullins Beach on the West Coast

Mullins Beach on the West Coast

Looking for property on the West Coast of Barbados?

There are several developments on the West Coast, including:

Royal Westmoreland

With stunning sea views, immaculately landscaped grounds, world-class golf and an exclusive lifestyle, Royal Westmoreland is an experience to be cherished from your private holiday home. With over 250 beautiful homes sensitively located around the estate and golf course, Royal Westmoreland is the choice for those who want the best in lifestyle, security and exclusivity on the West Coast. 

Choose from their wide range of architecturally designed whole ownership villas and apartments, purchase a plot of land and build your own vacation home or trial homeownership with their fractional and shared ownership options. And all with the cachet of a Royal Westmoreland address.

Beach View Villas & Suites

This exclusive development of villas and suites connects to the award-winning Beach View Hotel and is set amongst five acres of lushly landscaped gardens in a prime location on the West Coast at Paynes Bay. The island’s second-largest town, Holetown, world-class restaurants, bars, shopping and idyllic Caribbean beaches are just a short distance away.

The properties at Beach View Villas & Suites combine elegance and charm with modern finishes, fully equipped kitchens, en-suite bedrooms, spacious open-plan living and dining and all the comforts of home. The properties are perfect for families who will enjoy the range of onsite amenities, including swimming pools, a gym, salon, spa, and restaurant.

Apes Hill Club

Apes Hill Club is enviously located in St. James, overlooking both Barbados’ east and west coasts. The elevated position catches the cooling trade winds, while spectacular gullies with tropical flora and fauna make for an enchanting natural environment. Onsite, owners enjoy a wide range of leisure opportunities with the shopping, dining and water sports of Holetown just a seven-minute drive away.

With plans for just 250 homes and many lots already sold, Apes Hill Club has three- and four-bedroom homes ready for ownership on the 18th fairway. They also offer turnkey land and build home service with genuinely stunning golf and sea views throughout the community. 

There are also several condos and stand-alone properties that might be ideal for you. You can view our entire list on our website.

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Rockley Beach on the South Coast

Which beach to choose?

Too many Barbados beaches, and not sure which one to try? Luckily there’s a Barbados beach webcam where you can get a good preview of what the beach looks like live and direct on that day, which comes in handy if there’s seaweed that washed in recently or if it’s a hectic day at your preferred beach escape. 

Best of all, you may not have to choose any beach at all because all of Barbados’ beaches are free and open to the public – so the choice will always be yours.

Looking to move to Barbados or simply interested in purchasing property here as an astute investment option? Fill out our contact form or contact us via WhatsApp at (246) 230-4982, and one of our team members will be sure to reach out to you.

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