Carlisle Bay
Carlisle Bay
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This bay is best known for its calm, sheltered waters, perfect for swimming and scuba diving.
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  • Chelyse
    United States6 contributions
    This is a Must Go To beach!
    Carlisle Bay is simply STUNNING!! We were staying quite far away on the island, but we made the trip by bus twice because we loved it so much! The water is clear and exquisite, the waves are soft, and the water is cool. The sand has a tinge of pink to it from the coral, and at sunset it really shows up. It is the longest beach we saw, and has lots of options for a lively beach experience as well as a quiet relaxing one. Absolutely recommend!!!!
    Written August 9, 2021
  • Saulius M
    2 contributions
    Amazing hotel and staff but…..
    The location is stunning, rooms are beautiful, comfortable and well equipped. The food is average but with high end prices. There are plenty of restaurant choices elsewhere but if guests have paid for an all inclusive stay most are unlikely to venture out to eat. The beach is a gem but there are not enough loungers / parasols to accommodate all the guests that want them. This results in the typical scarcity behaviour. We used to joke about people getting up super early to put a towel, a book or a flip flop on loungers in order to claim their space whilst they then leave for a few hours go back to bed have breakfast etc. Yes this really happens here. Frankly not good enough for a 5 star resort. Maybe the owners want to maintain the aesthetic of the beach by not filling it up with loungers. The facility has allot to offer and is clearly centred around the beach. The feel of the place could easily be maintained by adding more sun loungers and not having a first come first served principle in place. On the whole I would recommend Carlisle Bay to friends and family. A final suggestion (hopefully constructive) regarding the sun beds issue. Have some spare loungers and umbrellas stacked behind the beach and bring them out when demand and occupancy is high - problem solved.
    Traveled with family
    Written August 22, 2021
  • jason a
    Cannock, United Kingdom29 contributions
    Very busy beach
    Taxi from the cruise port was 5 dollars per person- some people were walking from the port but it’s a few miles. Beds were reasonable. It is very commercialised and we were pestered to pay 15 dollars to view the turtles by boat. We are all good swimmers and have masks -the boats went 100 yards or so off the beach and they provide the masks and life jackets- their guide then drops fish in the sea and the turtles and rays come to feed. We saw this and more for nothing just by swimming out ourselves.
    Traveled with family
    Written January 9, 2020
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Billy B
3 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Beautiful beach with plenty of turtles in sea. Clean sand. Plenty of sun loungers. Can swim out to the turtles unaided
Written January 21, 2023
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Josie C
Brighton, UK516 contributions
Jan 2023
One of the best & safest beach for swimming. Plenty of sunbeds available & very clean. We walked to the beach from the Cruise Terminal (about 25 mins slow walk). We chose to sit in the middle of the beach opposite a car park. There was a great local bar/restaurant just across the road called Birds where we picked up some fish, chicken and of course beers. You can also see the turtles by picking up a boat on the beach. Taxi back to the ship was $5US.
Written January 14, 2023
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Phil M
Bristol, UK9 contributions
Jan 2023
We found the beach to be our favourite on the entire island. Plenty of sun beds for hire(We paid $25/day for 4 beds and a 2 parasols)
Written January 13, 2023
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RescuedVegan
Hertfordshire, UK1,094 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Walked through the town from our rental, found Jo ‘s bar! Hayley and team knock up some great drinks and serve food on the beach. Carlisle beach is laid back with an island vibe. Boat trips, food, it’s all there. Sundays is family day which is really nice to see.
Written January 10, 2023
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Ed C
Uxbridge, Canada25 contributions
Dec 2022
This beach is pristine. Very clean with nice gradual slope into the water that is warm and sparkles. The available chairs and umbrellas are plentiful and reasonable. The access to food and drinks is also easy. Had a great day here.
Written January 9, 2023
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Ben L
Nottingham, UK36 contributions
Dec 2022
Beaches are ok but very crowded as there are a lot of apartments and hotels on the stretch of sand. We thought the area was quite touristy and there were much nicer beaches further up the west coast of the island
Written January 5, 2023
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Cindy H
25 contributions
Dec 2022
We came to Barbados on a cruise. 2nd trip to Barbados. First time we did island tour. Which I highly recommend. Barbados is so beautiful. This time we walked from the cruise port to Carlisle Bay. We walked to the end near the big hotels. From this end we were able to snorkel out to see the sea turtles and also snorkel out to a ship wreck, which was pretty amazing. I do recommend fins to snorkel to wreck. Swimming back in with the currents was pretty hard, fins made it much easier. The beach is just stunning. The beautiful blue water. We were able to rent chairs and umbrella for $15. Local truck just behind us sold drinks, food etc. On way back to ship we hit a few of the back roads. Great experience. It was close to Christmas so streets full of vendors and locals out shopping. We bought a bag of wonderful caramel popcorn to snack on. Great day in a beautiful place.
Written December 28, 2022
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Mimsi007
Vienna, Austria60 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
Carlisle Bay is an overrated beach strip just a few minutes from the cruise port in Bridgetown Barbados. Carlisle Bay is not big. It consists of Pebbles Beach and Browns Beach and you can walk from one end to the other in max 15 minutes.

The bay is full of tourists especially when cruise ships are around.

Additionally to the guests on the beach the are many ‘artificial’ snorkeling mass tourism tours going on as turtles and rays are feeded like crazy. They even offer a shipwreck which looks like it had been sunken on purpose.

Visit this bay if you are on a cruise ship and only have very limited time left.
Don’t book a Celebrity Cruise 3 beaches tour. Two of 3 beaches are on Carlisle bay. You loose more time hoping on and off the bus then walking down the beach.

Don’t book Celebrity cruise Catamaran Tours
Turtle Snorkeling and Shipwreck or similar. 3 out of 4 hours you will stay put in Carlisle
Beach chasing feeded turtles or checking this really unspectacular ‘ship wreck’
Written December 12, 2022
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Yorkshire Lad
York, UK1,529 contributions
Nov 2022
Stretching for a good couple of miles south from Bridgetown, there’s a lot to like about CB. You can easily reach it from any cruise boat on foot. It’s a distraction from the shopping and whilst not the best beach on the island, it isn’t too bad. In fact I would pay it a high compliment and say it’s as good as the South Bay at Scarbados! Eventually you will arrive at a tired looking 3 star hotel at the edge of the peninsula and it’s time to turn round and head back, the warm lapping Caribbean water a welcome relief from the overhead sun. Not much in terms of bars and restaurants, but that’s no biggy. Would we go again? Nope. Are we glad we went? Yes!
Written December 8, 2022
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garyd01
Groveland, FL410 contributions
Oct 2022
We booked this beach as a shore excursion. What a pleasant surprise. We have stayed at Barbados and went to other beaches but this was absolutely the cleanest and best beach experience ever!! My wife and I love to float on our backs and the water was so clear and calm and the floating and experience were a real hi-light of our trip. There are beach chair and umbrella rentals as well as food and drinks nearby. This is absolutely my favorite beach. We will return on our next cruise.
Written October 30, 2022
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