Paynes Bay Beach

Paynes Bay Beach - The Caribbean
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A short drive north of Bridgetown, and close to a flurry of high-end hotel stays, Paynes Bay Beach stretches for approximately 250 meters of rich golden sand. Edged by a mix of tropical planting, including shade-giving coconut palms, alongside refreshment and gear stalls, it is a beach known for its clear waters and lack of waves.

Welcoming a steady stream of beachgoers but rarely getting overcrowded, Paynes Bay Beach is a good choice for families because of its range of facilities, although the youngest of beach visitors should be watched so that they don’t sample the poisonous Manchineel apples from these trees.

Facilities include toilets and public showers, in addition to the presence of lifeguards. Umbrellas and sun loungers can be rented from beachside stalls, which are also the place to head when you’re in need of some food and drink.

It would be hard not to want to swim at Paynes Bay Beach, with a good chance of spotting sea turtles in the bay’s waters. Other activities include snorkelling, kayaking, Hobie catting and jet skiing. All the equipment you require for any of these activities can be found at the beach, while those arriving by car can park in the beach’s dedicated parking spaces at its southern end. Arrive on foot and you can make use of two further access points, one at the northern end of Paynes Bay Beach and a narrow alley midway along its length.

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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Swimming/bathing


  • Shower

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