Best beaches in Barbados

The island of Barbados may only measure 21 miles (34km) in length but it has no shortage in world class beaches. There are approximately 70 miles (50km) of beach around the island's coast and nearly every square inch of that is pristine white sand made from finely ground coral. For a small island there are a surprisingly diverse range of beaches with the character changing from coast to coast.

The west coast of Barbados is also known as the "Platinum Coast" and is home to many fine beaches such as Brandon's beach and Reeds Bay. This side of the island is sheltered from the Atlantic waves and the azure waters that gently lap these shores are, if anything, a little warmer.
The beaches are no less magnificent on the east coast, but here they face into the full force of the Atlantic Ocean. As a result there are several world class surf spots including "Soup Bowls" located at Bathsheba.

To the north of the island things are a little more rugged with high coral cliffs rising up from the ocean and forming secluded coves and little bays. The coast here is fairly exposed to the Atlantic swells so care should always be taken when entering the water.

It is on the south eastern coast of Barbados that some of the island's finest beaches can be found. The beaches here are a kind of combination of the east and west coast, so there is a little of something for everyone from kite-surfing to snorkeling and swimming. Heading the list on the south coast is the much acclaimed Crane beach - a regular in top 10 world's greatest beaches features. Amongst the various other great beaches there is Bottom Bay, worth checking out just for the name if nothing else!

  • Bottom Bay, Barbados Richard Semik / 123RF

    Bottom Bay

    Located on the south-east coast of Barbados, Bottom Bay is just along the coast from the ever popular Crane beach. Unsurprisingly it shares many features with Crane beach; the fine white sand, abundance of palm trees, and azure waters. It can also have powerful waves. Where it differs is in the high coral cliffs which the beach backs onto, giving... read more »

  • Crane beach, Barbados Filip Fuxa /123RF

    Crane Beach

    Crane beach is everything you expect a Caribbean should be. A stretch of pristine white sand with clear, azure waters; it is little wonder this palm-fringed idyll is frequently cited as one of the best beaches on earth. The name of the beach dates back to the days when the beach was used as a harbour and a large crane was located here to load and... read more »

  • Foul Bay Barbados Richard Semik

    Foul Bay

    Despite its rather unappealing name, Foul Bay is in fact one of Barbados' loveliest beaches. Situated just around the corner from the equally lovely Crane Bay, the beach here is everything you would hope for and expect from one of the Caribbean's finest. An expanse of white powder sand meets the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean here.... read more »

  • Enterprise Bay / Miami Beach, Barbados Richard Semik / 123RF

    Enterprise Bay

    Enterprise Bay, or Miami Beach as it is often called, is a modest strip of white sand on the south coast of the island. Located on the edge of the fishing village of Oistins the beach here is frequently referred to as the best family beach on Barbados. One reason for this accolade is the safe bathing, with calm waters and the rather conspicuous... read more »