The Caribbean island of Barbados has been a tourist mecca for many years. The fact that this island is home to some of the finest beaches in the world, draws many return visitors year after year. Bright blue water and golden sands make for an idyllic beach-based holiday.
Barbados has more than 70 miles of palm-lined beaches, all of which are open to the public. Crane Beach on the south-eastern corner of the island has featured in many films and video shoots, with its postcard perfect looks, however different areas around the island do have different beaches.
To the West Coast, the beaches are perfect for relaxing and sun-bathing. The waves are gentle and the swell is low, making it great for swimmers and families to play safely.
To the South Coast the waves get a little larger as the wind picks up. These beaches are great for a range of water sports such as kite-surfing and wind-surfing. This area is good for swimming and snorkelling as well, but you do need to be careful as the undertow can sometimes catch you off-guard.
Surfers head to the East Coast. This is where you will find the stronger winds and the biggest waves in Barbados. This area is great for walks along the beach and getting away from the crowds. In particular the Bathsheba draws the surfers for the famous Soup Bowl which holds international competitions annually.
There are sheltered coves along the North Coast, otherwise the shoreline is dominated here by sandstone cliffs and sharp coral. Although not a place for swimming as the waves are large and currents can be strong, it is still worth visiting for natures artworks in the wave-carved rocky beaches.
Although Sandy Lane is probably the most famous beach in Barbados, we also really love Freshwater Bay and Batts Rock Beach, on the borders of St. James and St. Michael. Here the waters are tranquil and the beach is soft and welcoming. It is a great place for a picnic and a swim in the warm water.
When you can tear yourself away from the beach there are lots of activities and nightlife available around Barbados. You could see the island on a catamaran cruise, or see under the sea in a submarine. Inland you will find lush forests and diverse gardens teaming with wildlife, where you can explore by yourself or take a guided tour. Then on Friday nights it is a must to join the throngs at Oistins Bay Gardens, to taste the fresh seafood and join in the Bajan party.