Whether you want to fly and flop or make a splash, here are the five of the best beaches across the country.
1. Miami Beach
Miami Beach is the perfect blend of lively and calm. The waves at the eastern end are perfect for boogie boarding and experienced swimmers; the calm western end has shallow waters that children will enjoy. Tip: Get great food and delicious fresh fruit drinks at the Mr. Delicious food truck.
2. Silver Sands
A windy outcropping ideal for windsurfing, Silver Sands beach is internationally recognized as a world-class beach for this sport. Located on the southern coast of Barbados, Silver Sands holds the Waterman Festival every February; a competitive contest for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing, the festival has been going strong since 1989. The Silver Sands Resort is located here, offering affordable accommodations on prime oceanfront real estate.
3. Browne Beach
Browne’s Beach is one of the widest beaches in Barbados. The calm waters are wonderful for swimming and snorkeling. Tip: This is a popular beach for locals and cruise ship passengers, try the northern end to be in the heart of the action or the southern end for a quieter time.
Crane Beach, originally a harbor, 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. The waves here are perfect for beginner surfers or for body surfing, while the coastal coves offer sheltered swimming close to shore.
5. Bottom Bay
Located just north of the sprawling historic mansion known as Sam Lord’s Castle, the pink-sand cove of Bottom Bay is protected by high jagged cliffs. The sugary beach is lined with coconut palms, but the crystalline waters feature a significant undertow, making Bottom Bay a perfect spot for picnics but not swimming. The postcard-perfect views are inspiring many to build homes here, so make sure to pack your picnic basket and visit before it’s all private property.