With miles of white sand lining the endless azure blue of the Barbadian Sea, Barbados offers some of the world’s finest beaches.
If you’re looking for the lowdown on where to stake out a spot, this top five mixes famous names and hidden gems to find the perfect place to sit back, relax and soak up the sunshine – just don’t forget to bring a towel.
5.) Welches Beach – The Caribbean’s Hidden Gem
Recently-renovated from a small local beach to a magnificent swathe of gorgeous, soft white sand, Welches Beach is fast gaining a reputation as one of Barbados’ best beaches, whilst still remaining quieter than some of the more famous names on this list.
Welches Beach is one of the best spots on the island for those looking to enjoy a relaxed dip, as a very slight undertow means the beach usually enjoys small to medium waves.
Towards the east you can easily make out the South Point lighthouse – Barbados’ oldest lighthouse (built in 1852, and refurbished and painted in 2004) and one of the island’s premier landmarks.
4.) Bottom Bay Beach – The Perfect Place For Picnics
Tucked away on the island’s South Coast, with rolling waves lapping the white sand shore, Bottom Bay is a picture-perfect example of the classic Barbados beach: sandy, stunning and lined with palm trees.
A popular spot for picnics, locals have reported seeing both turtles and whales out in the water.
The waves here can be very strong, so be careful.
3.) Accra Beach – Ideal For Families With Small Children
The perfect beach for families with small children, the southern end of this beach forms a large area of water protected by rocks from the force of the waves – meaning your kids can enjoy swimming in safety.
The beach is also a hub for watersports – with wind surfing, Hobie Cat rides and body surfing are all available.
2.) Crane Beach – One Of The World’s Top 10 Beaches
Named by www.therichest.com as one of the Top 10 beaches in the world, and listed by the BBC as one of the 50 places to visit before you die, the pink sands of Crane Beach are lined by verdant coconut groves and rock faces.
One of the island’s most popular destinations, Crane Beach’s enduring appeal among both locals and visitors is down to the fantastic swimming – protected by a natural coral reef, the tranquil waters are even free of sea urchins, stones and loose coral.
1.) Mullins Beach – Barbados Best Beach
Barbados’ most famous beach has its reputation for a reason – Mullins Beach is the perfect place to relax in the shade of the palm trees, and feel the sun on your face and the sand between your toes.
The beach is also very popular with snorkelers, as it’s cove location means the water is always calm and crystal clear.
Mullins Bay is a great place to get out on the water and explore, offering jet-skiing, speedboat rental and boat tours of the coast.