Folkestone Marine Park & Visitor Centre

Folkestone Marine Park & Visitor Centre

Folkestone Marine Park & Visitor Centre
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • don F
    Birmingham, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best place to see marine life in safe shallow water
    The beach was a 10 min walk from the club Barbados hotel. Plenty of bars and restaurants along the way. Masey supermarket was a 5 min walk from the beach. Snorkeling a few feet from the beech there were rays, tarpins and turtles and lots of small fish. It's was amazing and due to the shallow water it's was great for kids to swim, snorkel.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 11, 2023
  • emilyandamigo
    79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Favorite beach in Holetown plus inexpensive shopping
    Free plentiful parking. Lovely beach. Sandy, not rocky. Not crowded. Rental chaises with umbrellas available. Most inexpensive souvenir and tshirt shop ( government) that we encountered. Good beach snack food. Boardwalk promenade adjacent. Children’s school groups at science center
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 24, 2023
  • Jeff J
    Emeryville, California10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A few tidbits to learn at the semi-museum and semi-aquarium
    The employees at the Visitor Centre were very friendly and accommodating. We had a young man give us a tour of a few old, simple displays inside the building, and give a very cursory description of the history of the area and the science of the sea. Then we got to see some local fish in fishtanks. Pretty low-budget and low-scale, but worth the price ($5 USD) and my wife and I got to see different parts of the island.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 27, 2024
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Ellie
London, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
This marine reserve has some of the best beaches on the island. Super soft white sand and crystal clear water. Plenty of room for sunbathing, rental beds and water sports activities available.
Lifeguard on duty
A couple of beach bars and cafe to get food
Clean, well kept public restrooms
Relatively easy to find, keep an eye out for a small sign, parking is available and free
So picturesque and cannot wait to return
Written February 6, 2023
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Jeff J
Emeryville, CA10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The employees at the Visitor Centre were very friendly and accommodating. We had a young man give us a tour of a few old, simple displays inside the building, and give a very cursory description of the history of the area and the science of the sea.
Then we got to see some local fish in fishtanks.
Pretty low-budget and low-scale, but worth the price ($5 USD) and my wife and I got to see different parts of the island.
Written February 27, 2024
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emilyandamigo
Boston, USA79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Free plentiful parking. Lovely beach. Sandy, not rocky. Not crowded. Rental chaises with umbrellas available. Most inexpensive souvenir and tshirt shop ( government) that we encountered. Good beach snack food. Boardwalk promenade adjacent. Children’s school groups at science center
Written December 24, 2023
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Chris L
Northampton, UK415 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We were staying up the road at Mango Bay and short walk to have a snorkel here; overall experience snorkelling in Barbados was excellent and this had more of the same that we experienced near hotel.

Plenty of fish and set away from boats so no need to worry about being disturbed. Only quibble was the lockers were closed when we arrived even though website indicated they would be open.
Written July 9, 2023
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GypsyTraveller94
Washington DC, DC798 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
We stopped for a snorkel, and there were some nice fish. The area is kind of run down and not too cosy. Then I read the comments about stuff gone missing, and we left. A couple of small cafes and chairs for rent may make it a decent place to hang out, but not great.
Written January 13, 2022
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Kristi W
Point Edward, Canada339 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The beach is very nice to lay on and not crowded but it you're going to snorkel which we did, be prepared to be bounced around by the waves. The reef has lots of cool fish to see and eels but the waves are very powerful. You can really feel the drag of the waves when they recede and it pulls you out so if you're over a shallow part of the reef you may get knocked into it. Be careful and make sure you have enough space between you and the reef.
Written February 5, 2020
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AndreasZillig
Guntramsdorf, Austria227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Public Beach and no need to book or make an excursion by boat or Kajak. Free Parking and just few meters from shore lots of fisch and corals to see. Shower public also on site. Good experience and adventure for free
Written February 29, 2020
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David
Florida3,446 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I wanted a quiet place to read and relax. I remembered Folkstone. I arrived on a weekday and it was completely empty other than the visitor center and the lifeguard stand.
The fact that there is a men's room is a plus. I found my quiet space and afterward went for a little swim and a walk. It was very clean.
Written May 21, 2021
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don F
Birmingham, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The beach was a 10 min walk from the club Barbados hotel. Plenty of bars and restaurants along the way. Masey supermarket was a 5 min walk from the beach. Snorkeling a few feet from the beech there were rays, tarpins and turtles and lots of small fish. It's was amazing and due to the shallow water it's was great for kids to swim, snorkel.
Written December 11, 2023
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Maxur
Lethbridge, Canada52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Folkstone is great for being one of the few areas on Barbados where you can snorkel without fear of being run over by a jet ski or boat. Access into the water is good. Snorkelling is good for Barbados although most of the coral is dead. Good clean washrooms and change area. Very well maintained park.
A small rum shop "Snowy's" on the south side of the beach makes a great burger and allows you to use there loungers if you buy lunch and drinks from them.
A good place for a snorkel and family outing.
Written March 12, 2022
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