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“Payne's Bay = Pains Bay”
Review of Paynes Bay Beach

Paynes Bay Beach
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Reviewed January 18, 2010

We were on a day excursion from our cruise ship and also asked a Taxi Driver for a ride to a beautiful, calm beach. This Taxi Driver was very friendly but she was in cahoots with the beach chair dude at Payne's Bay. So, we paid $20 US for a ride to the beach (2 of us), $20 US for two beach chairs and an umbrella, and $20 US for the taxi back to our port.

Here's the kicker! Where we were situated there was a huge coral/rock reef that we weren't aware of. Waves were crashing and we got drug over this rocky ledge before getting out to a small sandy area. One of the tourists got her leg cut pretty badly and my husband got slammed by some loose, large rocks.

Payne's Bay is very beautiful but you MUST beware of the gouging Taxi Driver's and the large rocks/coral.

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Reviewed August 11, 2009

While I agree with the previous writer, Bacarra, in some things, I don't think enough was said to highlight the problems for Cruise ship goers who arrive at paynes bay because they get a taxi from the ship and say to the taxi man, "bring us to a nice beach"! Apart from the locals selling dodgy chairs, there are NO FACILITIES on this beach! The Monkey Bar that was mentioned last post CLOSED last year.

5  Thank lovetheshoes
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Reviewed February 24, 2009

Before I write this review I feel its only fair to explain a bit about me.

We have visited Barbados for over 15 years and own a holiday let on the Beach at Paynes Bay, you will find us at Paynes Bay 4-6 times a year we sometime stay for up to 6 months and for the record Paynes Bay is our favorite bay on the West Coast and Bottom Bay is another favorite - more about that later. We our in our late 30's with 2 teenage sons.

If your renting, visiting for the day or holidaying at Paynes Bay make sure you read this review first ;)

Paynes Bay is simply beautiful our heaven here on Earth (we love it) your can swim with the turtles in just a few strokes, and if your feeling hungry try the Blue Monket restaurant - it's devine ;) The water is really calm, blue and simply wonderful and yes, the sad is very soft ;)

BUT......half way up the Bay to the left of Dolphin Bay Villa (if u face the sea) the local "Beach Bums" or "R***holes" (locals will know what I mean) and near St James Apartments ls where up to 12/16 colorful characters live.... they sleep, smoke drugs/crack cocaine, drink- large qualities of Rum, argue (very rarely fight)
"IT 'S HOME" to these guys.

Now, not a bad butch of guys if like me you know them, however, they can take adavantage of the holiday makers from time to time. .

DO NOT......

1) Do NOT buy any drugs from these guys, its illegal here in Barbados and will land you in prison if caught (red stripes do walk up and down the beach regularly) also, do you really know what your buying/taking it could be anythink....so be careful please.

2) A couple among the group will try various crafty ways to distract you -never happened to us, nevertheless, it does happen...luckily these paticular guys are not there daily- just be careful.

a) DO NOT....leave your Windows/Doors open even if you sit on the beach outside your accommodation- lock them Please.

b) DO NOT.....be easily distracted even for 3 secs - it takes moments to take a priced camera and the like.

"Let the Fighting Begin"

Now, they can get very loud on occasions (2-3 times a day) however, it's very rare to see them really fall out and fight -usually, when another bottle of Rum arrives they settle back down to drinking, but, it can get a little frightening to watch especially if you have young children or your not " street wise" so be aware where they congregate and sit further up the Bay (the bay is large). See photos attached ;-)

Sunbeds etc......

Now, apart from the Drinking and Drugs they supply "Sun Beds" sold at a very reasonble price so don't worry about purchasing at all.

Boat rides.....

You can swim out to see the turtles, however, if you do fancy a trip up the coast don't be afraid - one of the guys offers "inexpensive" boat trip, all safe and very pleasurable, but, insurance if something goes wrong !!! Maybe not ;) So again be careful guys....... he's a very confident sailer - also a fisherman (sells his fish to aid his drink/drug habit)

If your lucky enough and see a local catch don't be afraid to buy a couple of fish of him for the BQU (lovely and fresh). He also knows someone who makes lovely "Banana Bread" which is simply gorgeous and the best I have ever tasted here in Barbados.

I believe in "Live and Let Live" but, know were the boundaries are so be careful guys and all said and done "Paynes Bay" is well worth the visit.

BOTTOM BAY....no problems here ;-) simply stunning coast and well worth the visit - just don't swim too deep as its very rough with a extremely strong undercurrent .

Bacarra xxxx

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