One of the island’s more laid-back beach destinations, Bathsheba lies amid the fishing village of the same name on the east coast of Barbados. Immediately south of the larger Cattlewash Beach, Bathsheba Beach comprises a good length of golden sand dotted with unusual coral rock formations carved by the action of the waves over centuries.
The beach is named after the wife of the Bible’s King David, since its white-topped waves reminded the first setters of verses noting the queen’s desire to bath in milk. While milk baths are now strictly off the menu, there are a series of shallow coral pools that are ideal for cooling off in. Swimming directly in the Atlantic Ocean is not recommended because of the presence of a combination of strong undertow and rip currents.
The large waves make Bathsheba Beach a popular stretch with surfers and among the best in the Caribbean. Famed for the Soup Bowl reef, it provides consistent waves throughout the year. The largest roll in from November until May, when the surf becomes a little more manageable for beginners.
Around the beach you’ll find a number of well-cared for gardens in which it’s able to explore the diversity of plant and animal life on the island or simply relax in the shade. You’ll find ample choice when it comes to refreshments in the village.
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