We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Depends what you 're after!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Crane Beach

Crane Beach
Union Hall, Barbados
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
Special Offer
and up
Beautiful Barbados Coastal Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Union Hall
Activities: Swimming
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Eighty-foot cliffs overlook this beach, making it one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Depends what you 're after!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Had to visit this beach after the hype. You can enter via the hotel presumably after eating or drinking there or the concrete stepping stones at the northern end(see pic). We took the latter and parked down the narrow road that leads down to the stepping stones.Just drive past the hotel entrance to the roundabout and your almost there. Plenty of surfers and body boarders here. Food and drink can be provided by a chap from the local snack bar who walks the beach,takes your order, and returns about an hour later with your goods.(see pic) We had very tasty cheese and chicken sandwiches.He did forget the drinks but as promised returned 15 mins later with them. Not sure about toilet facilities but I suppose if your desperate you can use the hotels.We enjoyed our time here but would.nt go back again.

Visited November 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

364 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Williamstown NJ
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
50 attraction reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
“Not Very Impressed,but pretty once you get there”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We visited Barbados while on a cruise and rented a van to do some sightseeing on our own.
Crane Beach was one of our stops.

The beach is not very well marked to get there. The signage was poor. Once we located it, It was down a narrow road with a small parking lot for about 6 cars.No parking spots were open. We ended up parking on the road like several other cars. There was barely room for a another car to get by. We had to back the van up several hundred feet to turn around when we left to find a spot wide enough to turn around

There is a beach Resort/Hotel on the right at end of road, and I think all the cars were the worker's vehicles. The public beach is on the left. The path to Crane beach was littered with trash including broken glass and other debris. The path could use a major cleanup. You also pass a private house entrance on way to beach.

Once you get down to the beach, it was pretty/scenic. The beach sand was soft. There were cliffs with caves located on beach that looked like people were living in. Lots of trash inside them.
The waves were rough that day we were there, breaking almost to cave entrance.
We stayed about a hour to walk on the beach and take photos which were pretty, but for all the effort getting there we were not impressed with the beach. No one else was on the public beach while we were there. We did see people at resort beach but no one was in the water.
Crane Beach needs some serious housekeeping. The signage and parking also needs improvement.

Visited November 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
61 attraction reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
1,214 helpful votes 1,214 helpful votes
“Pink Sand”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Another beautiful beach with stunning pink sand, great waves for fooling around in, and a cliff for the boys to jump from, down side no wash room facilitys or refreshment, take along a picnic.

Visited November 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 10
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hicksville New York
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Crane Beach was outstanding! You start off by overlooking the beach from the top of a cliff. The sand is as pink as it is soft! You go down 150 feet in a glass elevator salivating as you can't wait to get onto the beach! I go to Jones Beach in New York so I'm an expert on ocean beaches.

This beach is so clean you won't believe your eyes! A must see! When you get down to the beach there is staff waiting to set you up with a lounge chair and an "umbrelly." They also have a rum punch hut and towels! The Crane has it down to a science! The Beach... the way it should be! My only regret is that I don't live in the Coconut Grove behind the Tiki Hut! Once you heat up and then touch your toes in the water, it becomes crystal clear that you are in the right place, at the right time! If you are fortunate enough to get to this beach, you quickly become certain the Angels have smiled upon you as gratitude fills your being!

As you take a dip in the refreshing water, you realize the current is real, but manageable! As you end your day rising up to the top of the cliff in the very same glass elevator, there is only one thing that enters your mind as you look down upon the magical sand you recently walked upon, and that's how soon can I get back to this angelic beach!

Visited November 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
86 attraction reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
“Beautiful Beach - away from it all!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Came here on my first visit to Barbados and have come back for a day every since!!! Very scenic setting! Love swimming here - although with the waves rolling in from the Atlantic it can be a tad rough even for experienced swimmers - but you can still have lots of fun in the water! Have yet to jump of the ledge..... but next time........maybe!! :-)

Highly recommend this beach just for its spectacular setting on the East Coast if nothing else!!! Beautiful!!

Visited December 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Crane Beach also viewed

Saint Philip Parish, Barbados
Bridgetown, Saint Michael Parish
Saint Joseph Parish, Barbados
St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church Parish

Been to Crane Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Crane Beach, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.