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Caribbean Beaches Guide – Rockley (Accra) Beach, Barbados

by Angela Braun, GoGirlfriend correspondent

Beach 411 ~ Rockley Beach

Southeast of Bridgetown in the Parish of Christ Church

  • Beach type: Family oriented
  • Beach geography: Cool off in moderate waves without an undertow along a 300-metre curl of white sand. Swimming areas are a little rocky but are unlikely to keep you out of the water.
  • Ease of access: Conveniently located off the main road.
  • Extra costs: No extra costs.
  • Beach amenities: At Rockley you’ll find vendors selling clothing and local jewelry, shops, restaurants and bars all along the bustling Coast, a mini-mall, food outlets across the street, a public restroom near the boardwalk, an outdoor shower, changing rooms, a parking lot and a bus stop, trees for shade as well as beach chair and umbrella rentals.
  • Special note: Sandwiched between the vivacious St. Lawrence Gap and Barbados’ spruce capital, Bridgetown.
  • Geo-locator: Where is Rockley Beach?

Rockley Beach, Barbados ~ courtesy of barbados.orgBetween Bridgetown and the Gap

Cozy on in at Rockley Beach as you soak up Rockley’s renowned Barbadian style. Conveniently located and garnished with a long list of amenities, everything you desire is at your fingertips. With lots to see and do, this beach is perfect for a vacation with the girls, a getaway with your lover or a vacation for the entire family.

Rockley Beach activities & attractions

Common activities at Rockley include windsurfing, sunfish sailing, snorkeling, boogie boarding, body surfing, water sporting and local souvenir shopping. Head eastwards to St. Lawrence, the island’s party capital, or westward for Barbados’ dapper capital, Bridgetown. And when the sun goes down, enjoy live music from the Tiki Bar right on the beach.

  • for something different to do in BarbadosIntroduce your golf clubs to fresh green turf and a round of nine holes when you spend the day at Rockley Golf Course.
  • Gear up for a private dive with Atlantis Submarine Barbados in Bridgetown.
  • Get up close and personal with Barbados marine life, a shipwreck, coral formations and aquatic life beneath the waves of the Caribbean Sea.
  • Acquaint yourself with the island’s culture and history at the Barbados Museum where you’ll be invited to view exhibits on the island’s natural history and fine art.
  • Explore Barbados’ busting capital city of Bridgetown; enjoy seaside cafes, a plethora of shops, architecture, a visit to St. Michael's Cathedral or the George Washington House, just to name a few.

visit St. Lawrence GapIf you’re looking for nocturnal fun, hop in a taxi and head to St. Lawrence Gap, referred to more simply as “The Gap”, and immerse yourself in Barbados’ liveliest nightlife. Here, in St. Lawrence Gap, rum shacks and dance halls are a must-do for visitors. For the more adventurours, enjoy some lounge-hopping at clubs like Reggae, Sugar Ultra, and Lipgloss. Head to the Old Jam Inn for “Booze, Beats, and Burgers” or enjoy cocktails at Sharkey’s Restaurant.

Rockley area events

  • Barbados Crop Over Festival (May-August): Attracting thousands of people from across the globe, this festival is Barbados’ most popular tourist attraction. From costumes, bikinis, contests and competitions, to parades, marches, ceremonies and shows, live music and tasty treats are never too far out of reach. Visit the Crop Over Festival on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Barbados Jazz Festival (January): A one-week festival of live music featuring local artists. Barbados.org has all the info you need to get in on the fun.
  • Bridgetown, Barbados: From hockey, food, wine and rum festivals, swimming championships, to rugby, tennis, cricket and dominos tournaments, Bridgetown of Barbados is where all of the islands major annual events take place.

GoGirlfriend Rockley Beach hotel recommendations

Accra Beach Hotel and Spa, BarbadosAccra Beach Hotel & Spa: Twice awarded hotel of the year by Barbados Tourism Association and a 4-star 224-room beachfront hotel, you can expect to find luxury at your fingertips here. Visit Accra Beach Hotel on Facebook and read reviews on TripAdvisor.

South Beach Hotel: A 5-minute stroll to Accra Beach, this hotel offers a variety of room options that range from single rooms with kitchenettes to studios and penthouse suites. If you’re not an ocean swimmer, you’ll find a pool sheltered from the ocean breezes. Dining options are within walking distance but there are no restaurants or room service at the hotel. Visit South Beach Hotel on Facebook or read reviews on TripAdvisor.

Blue Horizon Hotel: Located just across the street from the beach, this 67-room hotel offers a wide variety of room choices for the budget-minded traveler. There are no dining options onsite but plenty within walking distance. Visit Blue Horizon Hotel online and read reviews on TripAdvisor.

Gloria's Hillside View Airbnb, BarbadosGloria's Hillside View Airbnb (Apes Hill, Barbados): Hillside View Airbnb is a lovely private countryside residence located on 18,000 sq ft of lush, spacious grounds. It offers a very breezy & cool ambience with stunning views of the picturesque East Coast.

For more hotel recommendations throughout the Parish of Christ Church, Barbados, we recommend visiting Booking.com.

Rockley Beach weather

Barbados has great beaches for family funJanuary and December are the coldest months with an average minimum temperature of 73°F and an average maximum temperature of 86°F. The average summer temperature is 88°F whereas the average winter temperature is 84°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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