With lots of sun, sand and sea, Barbados’ beaches are second to none, offering crystal clear waters and white washed sands. All in all, while vacationing on our island the beach is possibly the number one suggested activity, however, you can do so much more than sun tanning and swimming. Prepare to see sea turtles, tropical fish and shipwrecks, all without jumping aboard a catamaran... which we also suggest as another fun experience.
Here are Luxe’s favourite sighting spots in Barbados.
This artificial reef crafted from a sunken ship known as the Stavronikita is alive with a large variety of fish and is always a delightful experience. Folkstone Park is a nice spot for snorkelling, lunch and even offers a public tennis court.
Located on the outskirts of Bridgetown, Carlisle Bay is home to two shipwrecks which sit adjacent to each other. These shipwrecks are named the Bajan Queen which sunk in 2002 and Berwyn shipwreck in 1919. This is the most popular snorkelling site with many tourist and locals alike gathering to explore these ships that are about 35 ft. deep but are easily visible from the surface of the water.
Paynes Bay is ideal for beginners with its calm crystal clear waters. The best snorkeling spot is accessible via the public path to the right of One Sandy Lane. Here you can see an array of small to medium sized fish and of course hawksbill turtles!
With many catamarans and glass bottom boats docking here on a daily basis, this beach is great for spotting sea turtles. This one is also an easy find, just in front of the popular Lonestar restaurant in St. James! Perfect day for families to snorkel and grab lunch, especially on Sundays!
For those vacationing or looking to head south while in Barbados, Enterprise Beach popularly known as Miami Beach is just minutes from Oistins fishing village. This top beach serves as another site to get an upclose peek of sea turtles who swim along the reef to nibble on small fish.