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Bathsheba Beach, Barbados – Caribbean Beaches Guide

by Angela Braun, GoGirlfriend correspondent

Bathsheba Beach 411

Northeast of Barbados’s Capital City, Bridgetown

  • Beach type: Family oriented
  • Beach geography: Strong rip tides and undertows make swimming dangerous on this 800-meter long beach. Swimming is discouraged unless you’re with someone who knows the area well. Most visitors describe the beach as rocky with minimal sands.
  • Ease of access: Vehicular and public access as well as signposts along the way will ensure you the easiest access to Bathsheba Beach.
  • Extra costs: No extra costs
  • Beach amenities: There is very little parking, no shade and few facilities. Guesthouses, local rum shops and restaurants can be found along the coast at your convenience.
  • Special note: The surfing capital of Barbados
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Calling all surfers

Bathsheba beach – courtesy visitbarbados.coNortheast of Barbados’s Capital City, Bridgetown. Home to the international surfing sweet spot known as the "Soup Bowl," you’ll find this beach on the bucket list of any competitive surfer, whether from Barbados or afar. Be awed by breathtaking views, survey the surfers or enjoy a dip in one of nature’s carved pools. Whether you’re staying for the entire day or just the afternoon, bring your camera. Remember that at Bathsheba, picnicking is the rage; so join in the fun, pack brunch, slip on your sandals, head to Bathsheba and throw down that blanket you’ve wanted to get out of the closet and into some sand.

Bridgetown and area attractions, events & nightlife

Roundhouse restaurant – courtesy roundhousebarbados.comFor the non-surfer, Bathsheba Beach offers some of the most beautiful views and rock formations on the island. It’s an ideal location for long walks, peaceful beachcombing and picnicking, whether on the beach or at Bathsheba Park. Grab some grub at the Soup Bowl Café, Sea Side Bar or Bathsheba Railway Bar – or reserve a table at the historical Round House Restaurant and drink in Bathsheba’s vast views.

  • Take a day trip to marvel at stunning views as you discover a little piece of gothic architecture and history at St. John’s Church in Church View
  • Relish in the coast and countryside with a horseback ride along the beach with Ocean Echo Stables.
  • Stroll through Andromeda Botanical Gardens, which is home to more than 600 different species of plants. Enjoy refreshments following your tour at the café and gift shop.
  • huntesgardens – courtesy huntesgardensbarbados.comTravel with experienced guides to uncover the mysteries within Harrison’s Cave, considered by some as a geological wonder of the world and located at the center of the Island in Allen View.
  • Stimulate your senses as you meander through Hunte’s Gardens in Castle Grant.

Pro Independence Classic Surfing Championship (November): At the largest surfing event Barbados has to offer, expect to witness the most remarkable surfing you’ll ever see. Come watch spectacular surfer and half-pipe demonstrations from local and regional skaters, the famous bikini contest, live music, arts and crafts, local food and much more.

Bridgetown, Barbados: From hockey, food, wine and rum festivals, swimming championships, to rugby, tennis, cricket and dominos tournaments, Bridgetown of Barbados is where the island’s major annual events take place.

Although Bathsheba’s nightlife is considered mellow by Barbados standards, a pub crawl during your stay will keep your nocturnal needs satisfied.

GoGirlfriend Bathsheba Beach hotel recommendations

Sea-U-Guest-House – courtesy seaubarbados.comIf you’re travelling with children over the age of eight, cozy into a room at the Sea-U Guest House. This 9-room boutique hotel offers breakfast and dinner and is a 100% smoke-free property. It’s designed to capture the Caribbean breezes and is fitted with louvered windows and ceiling fans to keep you cool during the hottest weather.

Or stay in the heart of Tent Bay at the Atlantis Hotel, offering 8 rooms and 2 apartment suites. The hotel is known for innovative menus and spectacular views. And if you’re considering a Caribbean wedding, the main dining room can seat up to 200 guests.

Atlantis hotel – courtesy atlantishotelbarbados.comBe sure to consider Mammy Apple Cottage if being surrounded by tropical landscape and cocooned in an oasis of tranquility is your top priority. This guest house comes with a fully equipped kitchen and is situated on 5 acres of family-owned land, a short walk to the beach.

For more hotel recommendations near Bathsheba Beach, Barbados, we recommend exploring Booking.com.

Bathsheba Beach weather

Bathsheba pools – courtesy Barbados.orgWith an average annual temperature of 81°F, April is the hottest month whereas January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 79°F. Summer temperatures range from 75°F – 84°F and winter temperatures range from 73°F – 82°F. The average annual high for the island of Barbados is 86°F with an average annual low of 68°F. Dry season begins in December and ends in June, whereas the wet season begins in July and ends in November.

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