Sandy Beach


This wonderful strip of white powdery sand was hit hard by the sewage failures of 2017/18 when it was closed to visitors after waste from nearby roads washed into the sea, making waters unsafe for swimming and the sands an unpleasant place to be. It has now been officially reopened and government scientists report that the brilliant turquoise waters are completely safe.

Crowds on the beach have yet to return to pre-crisis levels, which for sun lovers is good news as it used to be pretty crowded.

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1. Rockley Beach

0.74 MILES

The largest beach in the area, Rockley is a picture-perfect crescent of sand. Backed by shade trees, there’s moderate surf. The new boardwalk allows you…

2. Barbados Museum

1.87 MILES

This excellent museum is housed in an early 19th-century military prison. It has engaging displays on all aspects of the island’s history, beginning with…

3. Garrison Savannah Area

1.92 MILES

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4. George Washington House

2.04 MILES

Just west of the Barbados Museum is a place that can truly claim that the great man slept here. After decades of research and debate, it was finally shown…

5. Pebbles Beach

2.31 MILES

Running between two high-end hotels, this lovely stretch of sand is really just an extension of Brownes Beach. It has soft sands and calm waters and is…

6. Brownes Beach

2.45 MILES

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7. Miami Beach

2.67 MILES

A somewhat hidden gem that is the antithesis of its American namesake. Small, shady and intimate, it's well removed from the often frenetic south-coast…

8. St Michael’s Cathedral

3.03 MILES

The island’s Anglican cathedral was originally completed in 1665 to accommodate 3000 worshippers, but came tumbling down in a hurricane a century later…