I've been a regular visitor to Accra Beach for twenty years and it's one of my favourite Barbadian South Coast beaches. A long white sandy beach, fringed with Palm trees, washed by the beautiful Caribbean Sea. In recent years, the increasingly popularity of this beach with tourists holidaying in the numerous nearby hotels means that it can sometimes be overcrowded with sun loungers and sun seekers. Beach vendors used to be a real problem here, but the Barbados Tourism Authority seem to have put a lot of effort into dealing with this, and while there are always some die-hardship, I've encountered very few here in recent times. If you do want to buy sarongs, sundresses, etc, you can do so from the vendor stands that are located off of the beach. Very helpfully, there are shower areas, and the very excellent tiki bar at the eastern end of the beach serves great cocktails and local Banks beers, as well as delicious burgers, fresh fish, sweet potato fries, etc - all helped down with some great reggae music and generally friendly service. The sea here is beautifully warm, and for the most part, shallow and quite safe. However, the seas to the western end can be dangerous for the uninitiated. The currents and undertow can be very strong, and I have witnessed more than one near drowning. I also know of at least two actual drownings that happened here in recent times. There is a lifeguard station, but very often the lifeguards are not present until around 9.00 or even later in the morning, and so warning flags are not put out until then, and it's very common for swimmers to be out on the beach much earlier. Even when red flags are posted, the deceptively calm appearance can and does fool the unwary and so swimmers need to take heed of warning flags. There's a very good reason why some locals call that part of the sea The Graveyard. This is in no way intended to be alarmist. Accra Beach is one of the best-loved south coast beaches and for very good reason. If you can tear yourself away from the loungers, as well as the tiki bar, there is a small mall nearby - think it is called Quayside - with food kiosks, boutiques, souvenir stores, a convenience store etc. Great restaurants abound in this very popular area, which is near to public transport (local buses stop right by the beach) as well as coconut water sellers, souvenir sellers and a taxi stand. The eastern start of the much-loved Hastings Boardwalk is also located here. Accra beach is a wonderful spot for everyone, whether you're a family, a honeymooning couple or a group of friends. I'm not into spending time on sun loungers but I walk or run along this beach just about everyday whenever I'm in Barbados and even after 20 years, it's still a favourite of mine.
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