Private paradise for all to share…
Gibbes Beach Barbados: a classic west coast beach
Gibbes Beach is a lovely, often forgotten beach on the fabled west coast of Barbados.
It’s in a small cove with gentle lapping waves and plenty of morning shade from several large trees, though there are no loungers, chairs or umbrellas for rent. After about 1pm, shade is at a premium if it’s a sunny day.
But Gibbes Beach Barbados is a beautiful spot and well-served by local buses. Speightstown is not far to the north; Holetown a little further to the south.
Plenty of off-road parking
It’s within walking distance of Mullins Beach… so if the hordes of cruise ship tourists and noise of vendors and jetskis get too much for you, slide south a few hundred metres.
You can walk between the two beaches along the shore if you’re feeling adventurous, though you may need to pick your way over rocks and get a little wet if there’s a swell.
There used to be an off-road parking area, but rumour has it a wealthy few bought the land and blocked car access to it in order to keep this lovely bit of paradise for themselves.
All is not lost. There is a turning on the right where you will find some safe on-street parking.
A welcome change from Mullins Beach
Remember there are no private beaches in Barbados.
Drop off the passengers, umbrellas and the cooler near the gap to the north of the beach. It’s just past a house called Shoestring, presumably after a famous British TV series of the same name from the 1970s.
You might find the occasional motor launch moored off the beach, but most of the time it’s a quite spot. The drop-off into the sea can be quite steep so keep an eye on small children.
Gibbes Beach Barbados is a great stop if you’re travelling south after a day out at the top of the island and fancy a quick dip.
Ask the driver of any bus to drop you off. Another one will be along shortly to pick you up after your swim.
Accommodation nearby includes the charming and quiet 10-room Bayfield House, which is family-owned and operated and perfect for couples.