Tucked in the southern corner of the Lesser Antilles, Barbados is the Caribbean's easternmost island. Its different coasts offer beaches that range from powdery sand and cerulean waters of the Caribbean to the perfect swells of the eastern Atlantic coast. Sequestered from the luxury resorts, the rugged Atlantic coast is where surfers and naturalists flock. Discover the best beaches of Barbados -- where there really is something for everyone. Visit ten idyllic beaches in total while viewing the local sights and lifestyle.
Begin your tour by visiting The Crane Beach which was originally a harbor but today is one of the most beautiful beaches along the coast of Barbados. It's home to one of the prettiest and oldest resorts on the island, The Crane Beach Hotel. Simple luxury and elegance define the hotel that sits on a beach named one of the 10 best in the world by Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
Next, head to Bottom Bay the pink-sand cove of Bottom Bay is protected by high jagged cliffs and located just north of the sprawling historic mansion known as Sam Lord's Castle. The sugary beach is lined with coconut palms, but the crystalline waters feature a significant undertow, making Bottom Bay a perfect spot for pictures but not swimming. Follow the coast line to Bathsheba this picturesque East Coast fishing village that hums with activity when the surf contests come to town. That's because this popular beach is the surfing capital of Barbados; the surfing sweet spot is known as Bathsheba's "Soup Bowl." If you don't surf, there are pools and reefs ideal for snorkeling and sunbathing. The breathtaking beach's wild landscape makes it one of Barbados' most popular.
Next stop will be Oistins. At Oistins, you'll see Barbadian fishing boats and the weaving of fishing nets by local fishermen. Just around the corner from Oistins is Miami Beach, a great place to take more pictures. Next is Dover Beach, a popular beach on the South Coast of Barbados idyllic for swimming, jet skiing, body surfing and romantic shore-side strolls. Across the street is the Dover Playing Field where you can often catch a cricket match or see Bajan footballers in action.
Then you head over to Rockley Beach, known either as Accra or Rockley, one of the widest and most popular stretches of sand along the Barbados coast. Several vendors line the beach selling clothing and local jewelry. Waves are moderate without an undertow, making it a great place for windsurfing, sunfish sailing, snorkeling, boogie boarding and body surfing. Wind down your day with a relaxing walk along the South Coast Boardwalk which runs along the south coast of Barbados and is now a favorite among locals and visitors for strolling, jogging, socializing or just relaxing and enjoying magnificent views. Spend the rest of your day at the biggest and most beautiful beach in Barbados Carlisle Bay. Enjoy a delicious local lunch and the popular Boat Yard and relax on the beach until you are ready to head back home.
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