The beautiful island nation of Barbados is one of the Caribbean's most popular tourist destinations. And for good reason. This is the perfect place to enjoy the infectious calypso beats while lazing around on the impressive beaches. The locals, known as Bajan, are hospitable and ready to make you feel welcome. So consider taking up their invitation and relax on one of the stunning beaches dotted around the coastline of Barbados.
On the South East coast of Barbados in the Parish of St Phillip, discover the old harbour, Crane Beach, home to the iconic Crane Beach Hotel. If you’re not staying at the resort invest in a day pass to access the beach via a glass elevator and stay for lunch and longer, for cocktails at The Grove Bar & Grill. For those who want to splurge, reserve your table at L’Azure on a Sunday to enjoy the decadent meal, dramatic views and a performance from a local gospel choir.
Ju Ju’s Beach
On the West coast of Barbados, Alleyne’s Beach, commonly called Ju Ju’s due to the name of the popular rum shack located there, boasts calm swimming conditions, a colourful reef, and a heap of fun water sports, including catamarans, kayaks and speedboats. Stay all day to swim with the turtles, laze in the balmy sunshine and indulge in lunch. See the sun go down over a glass of late afternoon rum punch.
Accra Beach, sometimes known as Rockley, located in the parish of Christ Church on the south coast of Barbados, is one of the most relaxing and unassuming stretches of sand you’ll ever come across. There’s no undertow so it’s safe to swim, and at the northern end, to sail, windsurf and body surf. Head to the southern end for a spot of snorkelling. Enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk and take children to look for fish in the rock pools created by a manmade groyne, or for a play in the park nearby.
Sandy Lane Beach
Access to Sandy Lane Beach is a challenge – you’ll have to walk through a row of private homes and an apartment block – but it’s worth finding because Sandy Lane is one of the more magnificent beaches in Barbados, and it’s a popular celebrity stop so have your smartphone or camera close by to get a sneaky of someone famous. With its calm, clear Caribbean waters and stately mahogany trees surrounding and protecting Sandy Lane Hotel, this is a picturesque beach, perfect for fashionistas and A-Listers, or those who like to see them.
On the south coast of Barbados, past Crane Beach and the historic mansion, Sam Lord’s Castle is Bottom Bay, a peaceful beach and popular picnic spot. Stick to the shoreline though; its powerful surf and strong undertow make swimming risky. There is plenty to do along the coastline, including walks and reef walks, beneath the high cliffs of coral, or under the swaying palm trees. Park at the top and walk down the steps to find the sandy stretch below.