Boasting around 70 miles of pearly-white sands, Barbados is every beach lover’s dream.
The picture-perfect Caribbean island is home to some of the best beaches in the world, with an array of laid-back options that are as diverse as the island itself.
The renowned Platinum Coast beaches on the west coast are the place to be seen on the island, lined with glitzy resorts, world-class restaurants and top golfing spots. Beaches here boast talcum-fine sand and the calm Caribbean Sea makes them perfect for sunbathing, swimming, water sports and people spotting.
You might be spoilt for choice with where to lay down your towel for the day, so we’ve compiled this guide to the best beaches in Barbados to help you.
Sandy Lane Beach, St James
Known as one of the best beaches in the world, Sandy Lane is seriously impressive and offers some of the best areas for swimming on the whole island. Expect to spot a superstar or two as you walk along the pristine sand, which is lapped by the gentle Caribbean Sea.
Hawksbill turtles nest in the Sandy Lane area between July and October. Non-residents can use the Sandy Lane beach restaurant and there are lots of cafes, restaurants and bars in Holetown, just 10 minutes’ walk up the coast. Many luxury beachfront villas can be found in the St James area.See all villas in Sandy Lane
Rockley Beach, Christ Church
Beaches on the south and east coasts are ideal for surfers, with plenty of world-class waves to catch. Rockley, situated in the parish of Christ Church, is one of the longest and widest stretches of beach on the south coast of Barbados.
The Garrison Savannah racetrack and the Barbados Museum lie just west of Accra Beach, and the Rockley Golf Course is located to the north.
Nestled in a stunning bay with powder-white sands and calm azure seas framed by casuarina trees, Rockley Beach (sometimes known as Accra) is popular with locals and tourists alike. Water sports equipment, sun loungers and souvenirs can be purchased from colourful kiosks that line just one end of the bay, ensuring holidaymakers aren’t bothered by beach vendors. Perhaps the best thing about this place is that Bridgetown is just a 10-minute drive away.See all villas near Rockley Beach
Miami Beach, Oistins
Located on the south coast of Barbados in the parish of Christ Church, this wide expanse of beach is well worth a visit during your luxury villa break. On the west side of the bay you’ll find calm water that’s ideal for swimming; on the eastern side you can expect occasional sea swells, which makes it perfect for water sports.
Local vendors offer beach chairs, umbrellas and sports equipment for hire as well as drinks and fast food. There are also lots of picnic benches where you can sit and enjoy some shade or refreshment. Miami Beach is located right next door to Oistin’s Fishing Village where you’re sure to spot plenty of fishing boats. Stick around for the famous Friday night fish fry!See all Christ Church villas
Ju Ju’s, St James
This hidden gem on the west coast of Barbados isn’t easy to find but once you arrive, you’ll know it was worth the effort. Located about 2.5km north of Holetown, Ju Ju’s Beach offers sun, sand, surf, snacks, sports and shade.
Known as one of the island’s quieter beaches, Ju Ju’s is ideal for lazy days or a social sundowner with a rum or two at the infamous Ju Ju’s Beach Bar. Expect to find plenty of water sports action, nesting turtles and beach vendors, who rent out everything from sunloungers and umbrellas to kayaks, jet skis and more. The beach bar serves delicious food and plentiful drinks at reasonable prices – a rarity anywhere along the Platinum Coast.See all St. James villas
Mullins Beach, St. Peter
Located in the Parish of St Peter, Mullins beach is one of the most popular beaches on the West Coast of Barbados.
With its multiple sea activities such as jet skis, banana boats, giant rubber rings and glass-bottomed boats it is the ideal location for families with children.
Located on the beach is a charming, family friendly beach bar. You’ll also find the popular Mullins restaurant, which offers a relaxing atmosphere and some seriously delicious food. If you don’t fancy leaving the comfort of your beach chair you may prefer to make the most of the waiter service on offer.See all St Peter villas
Maycocks Bay, St. Lucy
Located on the northwest coast in the Parish of St. Lucy, Maycocks Bay offers big waves, making it the ideal place for surfing. This is where the Caribbean sea starts to mix with the Atlantic Ocean, and there are some spectacular cliff top views.
Make time for a walk around the old ruins of Maycocks Fort, which are rumoured to be home to buried treasure!
Holetown Beach, St. James
With 8 miles of golden sand, Holetown Beach is always buzzing with activity.
It’s safe for children to swim in the calm sea here and there are areas marked out by buoys – there’s also a lifeguard on duty every day.
If you’re feeling thirsty or hungry there are two beach bars/restaurants at Holetown Beach, Zaccios and Surfside. Try and visit these in the late afternoon to benefit from ‘happy hour’ prices.See all Barbados villas
Crane Beach, St. Philip
Located on the southeast coast of Barbados, this exceptionally beautiful beach is rated as one of the best in the world. Expect to find miles of pink-tinged sands, plus breath-taking views that are backed by coconut trees, soaring cliffs and rich tropical rainforest.
Crane Beach was originally a harbor, with its name derived from a large cliff-top crane once used for loading and unloading ships. The pink sands are exquisite and the powerful waves in the area make Crane Beach perfect for boogie boarding and other water sports. It’s regularly rated as one of the 10 best beaches in the world.See all Barbados villas