Harrismith Beach (Cave Bay)
Running towards a rocky promontory, Harrismith Beach (or Harry Smith’s Beach) is one of the quieter stretches of sand that can be found in south-eastern Barbados. It’s sloping near-white sands are narrow compared to its near neighbours such as the better-known Bottom Bay. However, its position with a blend of coconut palms and local vegetation to one side and a reef to the other makes it hard to resist.
The presence of the reef creates a saltwater lagoon of calm warm waters ideal for relaxing in, although the small size of Harrismith Beach means there is no lifeguards on duty. Beyond the reef, the waters can be rough.
On the top of the nearby cliff, reached via an old stone staircase, are the ruins of the plantation-style Harrismith Hotel, showing just how popular the location has been even in former times. Today though, there are no facilities such as toilets or refreshments at Harrismith Beach, so visitors must be fully prepared to spend their time as temporary castaways.
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