Barbados is packed with soft, powdery shorelines, jagged hidden coves and frothy surf to suit every type of traveler. We've picked some of our top not-to-be-missed beaches that you need to be sunning yourself on.
1. Mullins Beach
A popular stretch of buttery-beige sand on the west coast lined with sun-loungers and packed full with revelers. A local spot thats high on the list for tourists too, if you're looking to unwind, this isn't the place to do it. Great for families and a day swimming, snorkeling and indulging in cocktails, ice-cream and fresh seafood. Come in the morning and stay to watch the sunset.
2. Gibbes Beach
The place to come to feel far away from it all, Gibbes beach is one of the most tranquil beaches on the island. This sleepy stretch of sand lures lazy visitors to its crystalline, warm waters overflowing with bright, tropical fish. Fall asleep to the sound of jetskis zipping through the water and the sun beating down on your face.
3. Bottom Bay
A tricky one to find but well worth the journey to get there. The pinky hues of Bottom Bay attract adventurous travelers looking to find a slice of un-developed and the naturally beautiful side to Barbados. Rolling waves and soft sands make this one of the most beautiful and untouched beaches on the island.
4. Crane Beach
Pretty coastal coves and crashing waves make this shoreline appear as though it's straight from the pages of a glossy travel magazine. Sitty pretty on the golden sands is the luxurious Crane Beach Hotel, ranked among the top 10 best hotels in the world by Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Pack a picnic, a bodyboard and snorkel gear and you're set for the day.
5. Accra Beach
A snow-white curve of coastline with shallow, emerald waters great for wading, surfing and bodyboarding. Grab a spot under a shady casuarina tree, meander through the brightly-coloured beach stands, tan on your towel or go for a stroll along the boardwalk.