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)
One of the few places to get into the sea in St Philip without being pounded by waves or swept away by the current. Isolated, with spectacular surf beaking on an off shore reef. Care must be taken with small children and those unsteady on their feet. More here.
Share a Private Paradise
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. Bring your own shade for the afternoon session but you can get here by bus and we know where to park. More here…
Dover Beach is included here despite the vendors, the bars and the sun-loungers. There are areas within the beautiful crescent-shaped bay wherre you can escape the crowds. And, importantly, you don’t have to walk too far for a reasonably priced cold Banks beer. Learn more here
Miami Nice! Feel the Burn
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 with soe tasty fish caes. More here.
Walk a windswept Beach
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.