Dover Beach, Barbados

Dover Beach Barbados – a classic vibe

This beach is popular with those staying at St Lawrence Gap and is dominated by sun loungers, umbrellas and plenty of tourists most of the year. Nevertheless, Dover Beach Barbados is, for all that, very beautiful and fringed with palm trees which offer some shade.

It’s no secret, but is included here because you can find secluded spots at either end of the crescent shaped bay if competing for a sunbed is not your cup of tea.

If you’re staying in St Lawrence Gap, you may find your hotel is one of those overlooking Dover Beach.

In the streets behind The Gap are a few cheaper guest houses and the main road to and from Bridgetown is a short walk away.

There are also swimming areas, ringed with buoys, giving nervous swimmers a sense of security. The sea is usually calm, which makes it a delightful place to cool off and generally chill out.

The poem Dover Beach was written on honeymoon, although it is a dark meditation on the human condition. Getting married? Recite some lines:

“The sea is calm tonight, The tide is full, the moon lies fair…”

 If your new spouse isn’t already smitten, they soon will be. Mind you, the rest is a bit of a downer…

Dover Beach Barbados
“Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams, 
So various, so beautiful, so new, 
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, 
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;”

What a laugh! Must have been a great fortnight…

Anyway, it’s just a short walk to bars where you can drown your sorrows. Plenty of eateries with affordable food and the field opposite often has weekend cricket. A bustling place with a classic holiday beach vibe.

Dover Beach Barbados

Dover Beach

The Dover beach in Matthew Arnold’s poem is on the south coast of the UK.

Many of the villages in Barbados – Worthing, Hastings, Brighton for instance – are named after English settlements.

Evidence, if more was needed, of the island’s colonial past.

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