is a relatively flat island with an abundant supply of large
gradually sloping beaches fringing the land.
some areas, notably the North, coral and sandstone cliffs rise
straight out of the sea reaching several hundred feet in height.
In the South West, cliffs of 50 to 100 feet rise and fall along
the coast, separated by small sandy beaches and bays.
the flatter South West and West coasts, you may walk for miles
along unbroken white sand beaches, sometimes stopping at a cluster
of coral rocks jutting out to sea. All along the shore large and
small beaches are broken by coral formations, the soft coral rocks
weathered by the ocean surf, forming abstract sculptures to an
White Sand Beaches
is a coral island and its beaches are made from finely ground
coral forming a clean fine grain. There are few beaches that are
not fine sand. Generally if there is a beach on the shore, it is
beautiful sand. Natural sand dunes are not common but some exist
in Long Bay on the South West Coast.
beaches in Barbados are open to the public. Properties which front
onto a beach may own the land to the high-water mark only. Access
to the beach is a right for every Barbadian and many of the sea
front properties must provide a public right of way across their
land to the ocean.
are no nude beaches and all beaches are open to the public. Nudism
is actually illegal. Barbados has a history of conservative
British tradition and Barbadians are not comfortable undressing
or seeing other undress on public beaches.
Vendors and Security:
Of course, not all of Barbados' coast is sand; there are
mangrove swamps, cliffs, tide pools and areas where beds of low
lying coral rock, sandstone, clay or shale reach out to the sea.
goods to tourists on the beach is a regulated practice in
Barbados. Vendors are not permitted to roam the beach and set up
shop out of a carrying case. If you are bothered by a vendor,
report it to the police. Most of Barbados' favorite beaches are
patrolled by police, but they cannot be everywhere and it is
prudent not to leave valuables unattended.
Barbados' swamps are to be found in Chancery Lane, Inch Marlow
and Graham Hall in the South and South West of the Island. They
are the major wetlands of Barbados providing an assemblage of
plants and animals forming an important link in the food chain
of offshore fish and birds.
Low lying rock formations are particularly prevalent along the
North East and South Easter points; periwinkles, sea anemones,
crabs and snails make their home along these rocks.
Tidal flats and wave ridges occur mostly off the East coast
within eroded limestone plateaus and other low lying rock
On the South and South West Coasts you will find many tide
pools, an important ecological resource, acting as nurseries for
juvenile fish and other permanent residents like the ghost crab
and sea roaches as well as marine plants like sea moss which is
made into a health drink.
of coral and sandstone overlook calm bays and rugged coastlines
and sometimes small, cozy soft sand beaches nestle between heads
of coral sculptured by the sea. Most of the larger cliffs are in
the North, in the parish of St. Lucy.