Best Beaches for Families in Barbados

Your Family Guide to the 10 best beaches in Barbados

Planning a family trip to Barbados? Bookmark this handy guide for the 10 best beaches in Barbados. These are the soft sand destinations as approved by sun-kissed kids and their happy parents.

Best Beaches for Families on the Platinum Coast

The Platinum Coast refers to the west coast beaches of Barbados, and most families will emphatically agree that these beaches are by far the best for kids. Maybe it’s the calm, shallow seas perfect for bobbing or the soft, golden sand that curls around little toes. Or perhaps it’s the naps under casuarina trees that serve as nature’s umbrellas. But, hey, maybe it’s even the simple comforts like a lifeguard, nearby restroom facilities, picnic tables, sunloungers, and playgrounds?!

We’ll let you be the judge…

1. Paradise Beach, Prospect, St James, Barbados 

This beautiful beach is just a few minutes from Bridgetown but retains a beautifully rustic vibe. This is thanks to the bordering rocky enclosures and a neighboring property full of native green monkeys. The clear, shallow Caribbean turquoise waves gently lap along a long stretch of soft, golden sand. Yet, being close to the capital, it has all the amenities desired for beaching it with kids. 

Family Amenities at Paradise Beach:

  • Shaded areas
  • Calm water for swimming & snorkeling
  • Closeby popular beach Bar & Restaurant (La Cabane)
  • Car park behind La Cabane

2. Brandon’s Beach, Spring Garden Highway, Bridgetown, Barbados 

Brandon’s Beach is a bit of a hidden gem, a local’s secret if you might. Nestled between two of the island’s rum distilleries and a short walk from the cruise port. A serene spot with an immaculate, glassy cove, deserted beaches, and plentiful shade trees, it’s quite the gem if you and your littles would like to get off the tourist trail. And to top it off, you’ll find absolutely everything you need to appease everyone in the fam: 

Family-friendly Barbados: Brandon’s Beach amenities:

  • Lifeguard
  • Restrooms
  • Shaded areas
  • Calm water for swimming & snorkeling
  • Beach chairs for rent & picnic tables
  • Rascals Restaurant & Aqua fun park
  • Large car park

3. Heywoods Beach, Speightstown, Barbados

Heywoods Beach is among the northernmost beaches on the Platinum Coast. It lends a nice hint of what the remote north shore feels like while hanging onto all the perks of the western beaches in Barbados. The calm, shallow sea is ideal for swimming with children. Plus, the nearby shallow water reef means there are lots of fish in the water, too, making it an excellent area for beginner snorkelers. The quiet, wide beach is even a great place for building sandcastles, and since it’s close to the town of Speightstown, the amenities are plentiful:

Services at Heywoods Beach near Speightstown:

  • Lifeguard
  • Restrooms
  • Shaded areas
  • Calm water for swimming & snorkeling
  • Parking on street

4. Alleynes Bay Beach, Mt Standfast, St James, Barbados

Alleynes Bay is smack dab in the middle of the Platinum Coast, yet somehow, it’s blissfully overshadowed by Mullin’s Beach to the north and Payne’s Bay Beach to the south. Ultimately, it means this sliver of island paradise is among Barbados’ popular beaches. Access by pathway to beach or via Lonestar or Jumas. And there is plenty of adventure for kids of any age! The full shade in the mornings is best for the little babes, while the gently rolling waves are perfect for budding boogie boarders. Plus, the water is shallow and clear for the swimmers and snorkelers hoping to make friends with a turtle! The amenities are limited but do cover the basics:

Amenities at Kid-friendly Alleynes Bay Beach

  • Lonestar Restaurant & Jumas beach bar
  • Shaded areas
  • Rental of beach chairs and umbrellas
  • Calm water for swimming & snorkeling
  • Parking accross the street

Family-Friendly South Coast Beaches on Barbados

The South Coast is often pegged as the lively side of Barbados, often in reference to the lifestyle but also for the more adventurous sea conditions. It’s where the Caribbean and Atlantic water mingle for a mix of the best surfing, wind conditions, and dive sites for the more adventurous travelers. But that doesn’t mean families can’t appreciate it, too. You just have to know where to go!

6. Accra Beach aka Rockley Beach 

Officially named Rockley Beach, it’s been dubbed by locals as Accra Beach, and it’s a small but happening spot on South Coast Barbados. It’s an excellent beach for a broader range of children’s ages as it includes perfect splash pools for smaller tikes, rolling waves for boogie boarding, and calm seas you can stand up in – ideal for paddleboarding. It’s all backed by tiki huts selling everything from fishcakes and local food to popsicles to shell necklaces and bikinis. Needless to say, the services are not in short supply:

Accra Beach Amenities for Families:

  • Lifeguard
  • Restrooms
  • Playground
  • Calm water for swimming
  • Beach chairs & umbrellas
  • Places to eat – Tiki Bar, Chefette, Food stalls
  • Large Car Park

7. Drill Hall Beach, Barbados 

Drill Hall Beach is a rustic, pink sand beach perched just below the Barbados military encampment. The beach is well shaded and perfect for building castles or poking through tidepools, while the surf is rated among the best for beginners on the island. It’s a popular spot for children’s surf lessons and is even home to occasional beginner surfing contests.  Popular nesting spot for sea turtles.

 Services on Drill Hall Beach:

  • Lifeguard
  • Shaded areas
  • Calm water for swimming & snorkeling on the east end
  • Picnic tables
  • Large Car Park 

Barbados North Coast Beaches

Photo by Tom Jur 

In Barbados, the north coast represents rugged beaches framed by towering cliffs and tiny hidden coves pulsed by pounding sea. It’s the most secluded, least visited, and often touted as the most beautiful coastline in Barbados. But swimming here isn’t for the faint of heart, and most beaches require at least a short hike to reach them.

8. Freyers Well Bay 

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-track perspective of Barbados, the north coast is where you want to be. And if you want more than a cliff top view, take the kids to Freyers Well Bay. Not quite on the full north coast, its westerly angle means it’s one of the last swimmable beaches before hitting the wild north coast. The small, sandy cover is ideal for sunbathing, snorkeling, and swimming in gently rolling waves. There aren’t many true beach amenities, but it’s not totally isolated and there are shops, restaurants, and vacation rentals nearby.

Kid-friendly Freyers Well Bay:

  • Shaded areas
  • Calm water for swimming & snorkeling
  • Roadside parking

East Coast Beaches Barbados

Bath Beach, Barbados

The eastern shorelines of Barbados offer a lot of appeal to beachgoers. They are underdeveloped thanks to conservation laws yet are chock full of micro-adventures and opportunities to explore thanks to tourism authorities who keep the wilds accessible to adventurers. This is the part of the island where surfing and reefs, ruins and caves rule the days. But, if it’s the beach you’re after, most of the Barbados east coast beaches come with stern warnings about rip tides and undertows. Bathsheba’s soup bowl and Box by Box on  East Coast Road are very popular surfing spots but not for amateurs.

So, knowing where it’s safe to take a dip or play by the shore is crucial, especially with kids.

9. Bath Beach, Barbados 

Bath Beach tops the list of swimmable beaches on Barbados’ east coast. Sea currents are rare but not impossible, there is plenty of shade, and there are both ruins and a waterfall within reasonable walking distance. Plus, some amenities and service is within arm’s reach.

Services & Amenities at Bath Beach, Barbados:

  • Lifeguard
  • Restrooms
  • Playpark
  • Shaded areas
  • Calm water for swimming
  • Picnic tables
  • Large Car Park

10. The Bathsheba Pools 

Photo by Tom Jur

You can’t visit Barbados’ east coast without sinking into the Bathsheba Pools. These coral reef tidepools are sunk inland from the shore break, creating an oasis for soaking. The outlying sea is wild and unfriendly, so avoid venturing beyond nature’s hot tubs unless it’s to keep your feet firmly in the sand. But do bring your kite and picnic basket, and plan to spend the day in this iconic local’s hideaway.

Bathsheba Pools Amenities:

  • Lifeguard
  • Restrooms
  • Shaded areas
  • Picnic tables
  • Places to eat – Roundhouse Restaurant, Uncle Joe’s, Eco Lodge and some locals bars 
  • Roadside parking

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