Barbados Secret Beaches
We’ve found the best beaches in Barbados, to visit at your leisure, away from the crowds, the vendors and the sunloungers. For real isolation visit the north-east (see Walk a Windswept Beach video).
You might be joined by a few local families on a Sunday, but on a week day you’ll probably have the place to yourself. See the map below for the locations.
Drill Hall (aka Brandon's)
A real beauty this one, and much overlooked. Gibbes Beach is a classic west coast strip of sand, but gets little of the traffic of nearby Mullins. You might need to bring your own shade for the afternoon session but you can get here by bus and we know where to park. More here…
A great south coast beach, popular with locals at the weekend. Early morning boot camps for the healthy. Alternatively, just watch the keep-fit fanatics and the Sgt Maj in the turban. Later in the day, watch out for slow-roasting tourists or sip a cold beer in the shade. More here.
A great walk, but you can only paddle in the sea. If you do want a dip, try Long Pond, which is at the southern end of this two-hour walk. While not a traditional beach venue, it’s certainly a great day out. Take a hat, water and some shoes (I ain’t talking no Jimmy Choos) Full page here…
Just below the rumbling cement works north of Speightstown is the secluded Maycocks Bay. It’s well off the beaten track – and only accessible via a path through a meadow alive with butterflies. Difficult to find – instructions will follow soon – and only for the intrepid. Take a friend.