Barbados has a variety of beaches on the West and South coast to choose from.  We have compiled a list of the best beaches, based on their coastal location.  We would encourage you to try one or try all but make sure to spend some lazy days on the beach.

The West Coast

The West Coast is definitely the best coast for snorkelling as the reefs are close to the shore and the water is calmer. Some of the better beaches for snorkelling are located at Fitts Village and Paynes Bay. There are several excellent dive shops located along the coast to rent snorkeling and diving gear. Swimming along the entire West Coast of Barbados is generally very good. Mullins Beach, Holetown and other beaches also feature a variety of watersports activities.

The South Coast

Swimming - Carlisle Bay, Rockley Beach, Sandy Beach, Dover Beach and Miami Beach are all great for swimming with the calmest water being found at Carlisle Bay and Sandy Beach where there are natural lagoons. The beaches on the South Coast also offers many places where one can rent a chair and umbrella for a day of lounging, relaxing or tanning.

Body Boarding - Rockley Beach (also known as Accra Beach) is a good place for body boarding where one can rent boards from a vendor on the beach.

Watersports - You'll find jet skiing, water skiing, glass bottom boat rides and other water adventures like surfing, windsurfing or kiteboarding on the South Coast. Silver Sands beach is excellent for windsurfing and the best months are December, March and June. They are also several businesses that offer lessons in surfing, windsurfing, and kiteboarding along this coast.

The South-East Coast

The world-famous Crane Beach and Bottom Bay offer breathtaking views and are good for swimming.  These beaches sometimes have substantial waves and are more suitable for the slightly advanced swimmer. Foul Bay is one of the longest beaches on this coast and is excellent for taking long walks with its dramatic scenery and large cliffs at both ends of the beach.

The East Coast

The "Soup Bowl"  at Bathsheba is a well-known surf spot visited by surfers from all over the world. It is NOT recommended that you swim on the east coast as there are strong currents and a more rugged terrain.