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Top 10 beaches in Barbados

Oct 9, 2011  Blogging
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Although Barbados is adorned with many beautiful beaches, these are 5 of my 10 picks for the best beaches in Barbados! To view the other 5 follow the link in the post.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Union Hall, Oistins
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Students, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Crane Beach
    Crane Beach, Union Hall, Saint Philip Parish

    Crane Beach is located on the South East coast of Barbados, in the parish of St. Philip, and is ideal for picnicking with friends and family.
    Alongside the loungers reserved for The Crane Hotel?s guests, there is a local vendor who can provide lounge chairs and umbrellas for a reasonable fee ($10 ? $15 BBD per chair and roughly the same for an umbrella). Although situated on the Atlantic Ocean, Crane beach is perfect for swimming or wading in the shore, and also provides fun waves and breakers for the body surfer and boogie boarder. The waves can be a little dangerous for really small children so parental caution is advised.
    Easy access is provided for The Crane Hotel guests in the form of a cliff-face elevator, otherwise, if you’re not staying at The Crane Hotel, you can access the beach via stepping stones which are located on the Northern access. Be prepared for a somewhat precarious hike over these stepping stones, especially if traveling with a picnic cooler. If you’re feeling cheeky you could try your luck at the hotel gates, if you say your visiting guests or stopping for lunch, you may just get waved in. But don’t tell them we told you.
    Breathtaking views await you along its white sandy beach, blue waters and cliff faces backed by coconut trees and vegetation.

  • 2. Ju Ju's Beach

    Ju Ju's Beach is located on the West coast of Barbados and stretches along The Garden, St. James past the Royal Pavilion hotel to the South.

    Ju Ju?s is perfect for swimming and there?s a reef close to shore where you can easily swim with turtles ? just look for the catamarans parked to the north of the beach and bring a snorkel and mask. Of course, on this expanse of beach you?ll also find Ju Ju?s Beach Bar which makes the great grilled fish and the best homemade fries in Barbados! You can rent umbrellas and loungers from this little beach-side rum shop and spend the entire day kicking-back and relaxing.

    For the more adventurous, there is an array of water sports on offer, which you can hire from the guys on the beach, just ask at Ju Ju?s and one of the girls will hook-you-up. Another word of advice, Ju Ju?s is a local favourite as well as a hit with the tourists so it can get very busy during lunch times and at sundown, when every seat is packed for the breathtaking sunsets.

  • 3. Accra Beach

    Accra Beach is easily the most popular beach on the South Coast of the island for locals and visitors alike.
    Having grown up on the South coast myself, I’ve spent a lot of time on this beach, and it’s easy to understand why people tend to spend the whole day here. At one end, this beach has a small bay created by a manmade groyne ideal for small children to wade and search for small fish amongst the rocks. From here this stunning white sandy beach stretches quite a way and abuts the newly built South coast boardwalk.
    Accra beach is perfect for swimming and its location gives you a chance to visit an array of shops, restaurants and bars lying behind the beach in Coconut Walk and all along the bustling South coast.

  • 4. Sandy Lane Beach

    Sandy Lane beach offers great swimming conditions and an array of water sports which can be booked with vendors on the beach.

    Public access is not ideal and is located South of the hotel between a row of Sandy Lane privately owned houses and a grand apartment block called One Sandy Lane. From the beach access, walk North for 5 minutes along the sand and then you’ll stumble upon the bright pink umbrellas and loungers that are now signature to Sandy Lane Hotel.

    Besides its clear blue waters, white sandy beach and vibrant reefs, Sandy Lane beach is also the place to spot the very famous who often stay at the hotel during the Winter season. Take your camera, you might snap an A-lister.

  • 5. Miami Beach
    Enterprise (Miami) Beach, Oistins, Christ Church Parish

    Miami beach is only 2 minutes away from Oistins on the South coast of the island.
    Miami beach is a great spot to soak in the rays, with local vendors on site who will rent you beach chairs, large umbrellas and boogie boards, as well as snacks and drinks. In particular the converted bus food stall sells particularly delicious fish cakes and Flying Fish sandwiches.
    There are also several picnic benches shaded by trees where you can enjoy your meal and cool off in the shade. For the surf enthusiast, Miami beach is very close to surf spots such as Freights Bay and South Point.