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Crane Beach, Barbados ~ Caribbean Beaches Guide

by Angela Braun, GoGirlfriend correspondent

Crane Beach 411

South East Coast of Barbados in the Parish of St. Philip

  • Beach type: Family oriented
  • Beach geography: Pinkish powdery sand (pulverized coral), rolling turquoise waves and strong sea breezes. During high tide, the beach narrows but there are no sea urchins, stones or coral to hurt your feet. Enjoy the full quarter-mile of this palm-fringed shoreline.
  • Ease of access: Crane Residential Resort guests can use either the cliff-face elevator or the staircase from the resort to the beach. If you’re not staying at the hotel, access the beach by climbing down a set of stepping-stones on the Eastern end – but be aware hotel access points close at sunset. There is no elevator, making access difficult for people with physical disabilities.
  • Extra costs: Use of the rugged, public stepping-stones is free. A fee of $25 per person must be paid to use the stairway from the hotel, however this money can be used towards food and refreshments at the hotel bar or restaurant.
  • Beach amenities: Local vendors provide lounge chairs and umbrellas for $10 – $15 per piece. You’ll also enjoy free parking, regular police patrols, 24hr security, occasional lifeguard duty, restrooms, changing facilities, showers, food and drink.
  • Special note: Named “One of the 10 Best Beaches in the World” by Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous.
  • Geo-locator: Where is Crane Beach?

Crane Beach, Barbados – Courtesy barbados.org

A beach for true sand & surf lovers

Calling all lovers of waves, rays and adventure. Crane Beach caters to beach junkies who live for boogie boarding, swimming in the sea, cliff jumping and simply baking their bones in the Caribbean sun. Although many visitors describe their journey onto the beach as “quite the trek,” or “only for the most sure-footed,” they never take a moment and enjoyfail to mention that the short excursion is worth it. Wedged between two cliffs, Crane Beach offers true, natural beauty to its guests.

Our suggestion? Hit the waves with your surf or boogie board and ride Crane’s great waves or grab your goggles and explore the exotic underwater life in the coral reefs just off the coast. Or simply perfect the art of relaxation by sunbathing, playing in the waves and taking leisurely walks along the shoreline.

St. Phillip attractions, events & nightlife

Sunbury Mansion – Courtesy barbadosgreathouse.comEmbrace the olden days of Colonial Barbados with a tour of the Sunbury Plantation House in Marchfield. And the guides at Emmanuel Tours will be delighted to put their knowledge of Barbados Island to use as you choose from a variety of their tours, whether nature, scenic or historic.

From hockey, food, wine and rum festivals, swimming championships, to rugby, tennis, cricket and dominos tournaments, Bridgetown Barbados is where the island’s major annual events take place. Although there are no area events specific to Crane Beach, the island of Barbados itself has much to offer.

Hoodees Sports Bar & Grill and Kirton's Bar (a short cab ride from Crane Beach), offer a fun, casual Caribbean vibe paired with cold beer and Barbadian fare. If you prefer to stay on Crane Resort at night, you’ll find a variety of restaurants and bars that offer anything from casual drinks to upscale dining.

GoGirlfriend Crane Beach & stay recommendations

The Crane – Courtesy thecrane.comGive us a hotel by the beach and you’ll give us paradise. If you agree, we recommend The Crane Residential Resort. You’ll find three unique accommodation choices – by the sea, in the park or historical seaside – all within a stroll’s distance to the shore.

  • By the sea: Built in 2001, these oceanfront residences offer fully equipped living spaces, including kitchens and private terraces.
  • In the park: Choose from fully equipped rooms with additions such as an outdoor Jacuzzis or upgrade to a penthouse with your own private rooftop pool.
  • popular for Caribbean weddingsHistorical seaside: This 200 year old hotel features antique furniture, high ceilings and hardwood floors – and all suites face the ocean.

With its spectacular setting high above the beach, the Crane Resort has been a favorite of destination wedding planners and honeymooners alike since it opened in 1867. Visit The Crane on Facebook and Twitter and read travel 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 St. Philip Parish, Barbados, we recommend exploring Booking.com.

Crane Beach weather

October is the hottest, most rainy month with an average temperature of 82°F and February is the coldest month with an average temperature of 77°F. Summer temperatures range from 70°F – 88°F and winter temperatures range from 73°F – 88°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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