This is your insider’s guide to all the best beaches in Bridgetown and its surrounding areas. It’s a port that appears on many Caribbean cruise itineraries – seek out these incredible locations to swim, surf, or simply relax.

Carlisle Bay

Cool down at Carlisle Bay, one of the largest beaches on the island! This stunning bay is a natural harbour encompassing several of Bridgetown’s beaches including Brighton Beach to the north and Pebbles Beach to the south.

Carlisle Bay Bridgetown, BarbadosSea Turtle in Barbados

What can I do there?

With clean white sands that seem to stretch to the ends of the earth, Carlisle Bay is perfect for a scenic walk along the shores which you can end by taking a dip in its refreshing calm waters.

Carlilse Bay has lots going on but because of its length it never feels to crowded which is a massive bonus in our eyes! Rent a chair and umbrella off one of the many beach vendors and set yourself up for a day of optimum tranquillity.

Go scuba diving or snorkelling among the Bays man-made shipwrecks – sunk to encourage new marine life, making this an unbelievable diving spot to witness! Partake in a game of beach tennis, mix with the locals or head on over to your favourite water sport.  Jet skis, boat rides, if you can name it you’ll most likely find it along Carlisle Bay!

Scuba Diving Around Ship Wreck

Getting there

You may be glad to know Carlisle bay is conveniently within walking distance of Bridgetown cruise port!  A stroll down to the shores will take your approximately half an hour, although many prefer to hop in a taxi or take public transport to make the most of all available beach time!

Drinks and snacks

Make sure to stop by at Harbour Lights Beach Bar and Grill positioned right in the heart of Carlisle Bay – this ones especially favoured by cruisers! With a relaxed atmosphere, this lovely bar has a deck located right on the beach.

It’s well stocked bar is highly appealing, so why not quench your thirst with a local rum and coke or one of those delicious cocktails you just have to have when on holiday.

The Boatyard is also close by which is loved by all locals and holidaymakers. Not only can you grab a bite at its beach-side restaurant, you can also rent chairs, umbrella, ocean trampolines, dart board and even rope swings! It’s a lovely restaurant with good food, friendly service and music to bring you into the flow of the islands chilled vibes.

Caribbean Rum and Coke

Popular with

Carlisle Bay is popular with all who may be in Bridgetown. Cruisers flock here for a relaxing day whilst locals tend to appear later in the evenings to enjoy a picnic, participate in their fitness groups and even kayak on the seas calm waters.

Main facilities

  • Sun loungers and umbarellas to rent
  • Beach bars
  • Nearby food and drink locations
  • Toilets, showers and changing facilities
  • Beautiful snorkeling locations with the chance to swim with turtles!
  • Life guards
  • Water sports
  • Picnic tables
  • Parking

Paynes Bay Beach

Turquoise waters, soft white sands and calm currents, Paynes Bay is a prime example of Caribbean paradise.

Loungers across Payne beachJet skis lined up along the sand

What can I do there?

A great place to try your hand at jet skiing, sailing and waterskiing or even find a boat and go out for a swim among the leatherback turtles!

Beach chairs are available to rent so you can spend some blissful hours lying comfortably in the sun, plus there’s plenty of shaded areas along the sands for those who prefer to take periods away from the suns heat.

The bay is surrounded by shallow reefs full of beautiful marine life which combined with calm waters and no undertow or strong currents makes Paynes Beach one of the best beaches in Bridgetown for snorkelling!

Getting there

Paynes Beach is a short car journey away from Bridgetown cruise port, with lots of taxis available at the terminal you can easily hop in and arrive at your destination in around 15 minutes. Ideal for making the most of your day in destination!

Public transport is also available which may be slightly cheaper than return taxi rides however if you’re needing something within walking distance this won’t be the beach for you.

Drinks and Snacks

Roti is a must try when in Barbados, a round flatbread filled with deliciously marinated meats, served with seasoned vegetables and potatoes. A true local delicacy that you just have to perform a taste test on! The Roti Den is a short walk along Paynes Beach front and comes highly recommended by many, making this a perfect pit stop for a spot of lunch!

Caribbean Roti

Popular With

Tourists and locals. You’ll find more locals here on an evening and at weekends. The beach can seem busy on days when multiple cruise ships are in port especially with its northernmost access point being just alongside the north wall of the ultra-exclusive Sandy Lane hotel and resort – right next to Rhianna’s villa! Tourists flock to this location, so why not have your own paparazzi moment on the celebrity-studded beach in front!

Main facilities

  • Parking
  • Showers and toilets
  • Lifeguards
  • Nearby food and drink locations
  • Watersports
  • Sun loungers

Miami Beach

Otherwise known as Enterprise beach and located in the centre of all south coast beaches, Miami Beach has shores of toe sinking beautiful white sands and is also close to the famous fishing town of Oistins.

Enterprise beach, Barbados Surfer in crystal waters

What can I do there?

Miami Beach is a favourite on the south coast, with a picturesque cove on its north side and big surfers waves to the south, it’s a good all-rounder for both families and adrenalin seekers.

Surf, swim, sunbathe, do whatever takes your fancy! Simply enjoy some down time. Picnic tables also line this beach providing a perfect base for lunch time snacks! – Nobody likes sandy sandwiches right?

Situated only two minutes away from Oistins – a famous finishing town, you’ll find food sellers with some of the most unbelievably tasty flying fish sandwiches along the beach, along with other vendors also renting loungers and parasols.

If you’re lucky enough to be in the area on a Friday, make sure to head into Oistins town where the legendary Friday fish fry takes place weekly!

Oistins town, Barbados

Getting there

Miami Beach is a bit further from Bridgetown cruise terminal, a taxi ride will take around half an hour so bare this in mind when considering the hourly allowance you have in port.

Traveling as a couple? Ask around your fellow cruisers to see if anyone else is heading your direction and share taxi’s. It keeps fares down and you can make some new friends along the way!

Drinks and snacks

We’ve already covered those succulent flying fish sandwiches but there’s many other dining amenities close by! Mr. Delicious is highly popular with tourists and locals alike, indulge in traditional roti dishes, burgers and fishcakes that are simply to die for, along with homemade cakes and ice cream for those with a sweet tooth!

For those wanting a break away from the Caribbean sun head along to Fred’s bar and restaurant. Another popular hotpot and somewhere you can sit and dine. Food is served with love and the atmosphere here is super friendly and welcoming.

Workers help you decide on the best possible combination of that days menu, before seating you at one of their picnic tables and serving you with a refreshing drink. Sat under canopy covers, it’s shaded from the sun and usually full of both tourists and locals. You can really dive head first into the amazing culture of Barbados here.

Example Caribbean food offering

Popular with

Because of the mixture of currents in its waters, Miami (Enterprise) Beach is popular with everyone from surfers to families! The western end being best for those with small children.

Main facilities

  • Sun loungers and umbrellas to rent
  • Nearby food and drink locations
  • Picnic tables
  • Life guards
  • Changing, toilets and shower facilities

Sandy Lane Beach

We simply can’t go without recommending Sandy Lane Beach! Probably in one of the most famous districts of Barbados you may find yourself sunning it up among some of your favourite movie stars and celebrities at this luxurious, high class end of the island. The phrase “Sandy Lane” just connotes luxury to anyone in Barbados and its famous hotel still remains top choice for all celebrity and elite business personnel.

Caribbean white sands paradise Cocktails on the beach

What can I do there?

No beach in Barbados is private but this is certainly one of the most prestige. In spite of the neighbouring hotels often high profile guests, Sandy Lane Beach is no exception and the general public are still invited to expeirence its beauty. One of the most tranquil beaches in Barbados, Sandy Lane Beach is a beautifully maintained stretch of golden sands which benefits from being sheltered in a small bay.

It sits out of the way and may not be the easiest to locate unless you’re staying in its attached resort, however once on its shores, Sandy Lane Beach and its calms seas, little wave movement and no undertow provide the most serene location to relax in paradise! It really does deserve the title of one of the best beaches in Barbados.

Like many of the beaches across Barbados, Sandy Lane is another one that’s great for anyone wanting to go for a little swim and a snorkel! Marine life here is stunning, so if you’re a strong swimmer remember your gear and get up close and personal with the Barbados sea life.

Although quieter than other beaches across Bridgetown, your classic watersport facilities are still available here! Race around on a jet ski in the beaches crystal waters or if you prefer to be a little less active, simply relax on the shore and observe the locals in their catamarans and local fishing boats.

Catamarans in the Caribbean

Fancy spotting some Hawksbill turtles!? If you visit between July and October, look out for these amazing creatures that favour Sandy Lane Beach when nesting! If your fortunate enough to see them on shore, you may also be fortunate enough to swim among them in the sea.

Sea Turtle in the Caribbean

Getting there

Public access to this beach can be found at the southern end of Sandy Lane Hotel. Make sure to turn right at the sand and walk until you see those traditional blue beach umbrellas in the distance!

If you arrive into Bridgetown cruise terminal, Sandy Lane Beach is a simple 15 minute car ride along the coast. Public transport is also an option and may save cost however keep an eye on its operations to make sure you can get back onboard your ship in good time.

Drinks and snacks

Feeling peckish? Sandy Lane Hotel’s beach bar and restaurant are not only open to hotel residents but the public too! Reservations may be needed for the restaurant but the beach bar is highly convenient and allows you to experience some of this famous hotels luxury whilst visiting the beach for the day. There are also many other bars, cafes and restaurants nearby in Holetown or if your feeling organised bring your own food from your ships snack bar and have yourself a little beach picnic!

Beach side restaurant

Popular with

Everyone! Especially those whom love the finer things in life. Sandy Lane attracts the elite to its somewhat secretive location and quieter sands. Don’t be too star struck if you arrive to see those known in Hollywood basking under those Caribbean rays. The beach is mainly occupied by residents of the hotel, so if you’d prefer a super chill and ultimately relaxing day this could be the location to set your sights on. The atmosphere here is wonderfully calming and if you wish to lay out with a good book and simply observe the beautiful ocean, we couldn’t think of anywhere better to do just that!

Main facilities

  • Sun loungers and umbrellas to rent
  • Sandy Lane Hotel beach bar
  • Various food and drink locations nearby
  • Toilets
  • Watersports
  • Great for swimming and snorkeling

Life is always better at the Beach

The Caribbean is best for some winter sun! When those dark nights get closer and our temperatures in the UK start dropping, we couldn’t think of a better time to set sail and indulge in some of these amazing beaches for ourselves! Thinking the same? Check out our latest winter deals to the Caribbean and get yourself basking on those golden shores!