Sandy Lane Beach
On Barbados’s idyllic western coast, Sandy Lane Beach is famous for the upscale resort of the same name that occupies most of the beach. Being a guest isn’t required, as this beautiful public beach is open to all visitors. With calm shallow waters, swimming is relaxing. For more adventure, go waterskiing or wreck diving off the shore.
Sandy Lane Beach is typically visited as part of a half-day excursion from Bridgetown. Tours travel along the island’s ritzy western coast, visiting top attractions including St. James Parish Church, the island’s oldest house of worship; Cherry Tree Hill, whose 850-feet (260-meter) lookout point offers spectacular sea views; and the picturesque fishing village of Bathsheba to admire surfers battling the impressive waves.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Sandy Lane Beach is perfect for sunbathers and water sports enthusiasts.
- Book accommodation at one of the hotels nearby if you want to get to the beach easily and have access to the facilities.
- Umbrellas and lounge chairs are available for a fee.
- Water shoes might come in handy, as there are parts of the beach that are rocky.
How to Get There
Sandy Lane Beach is located on Sandy Lane on the west coast of Barbados, a nice 10-minute-stroll south of Holetown’s restaurant and nightlife area. From Bridgetown, expect about a 20-minute drive. Buses run from Holetown and stop at One Sandy Lane. Right next to this property, you will find a road to the beach accessible only during low tide.
When to Get There
Sandy Lane Beach is open to the public at any time. Beat the crowds by coming on a weekday morning, or from July to October, when Hawksbill turtles make their nests in the dunes. Peak season in Barbados is from December to mid-April because the weather is drier and less humid. It’s also a good time for you to see The Holder’s Season which is the premier Performing Arts Festival of the Caribbean.
From Sandy Lane Beach, walk over the Barclays Park, a lush 50-acre (20-hectare) Queen Elizabth II donated to the Barbados government in 1966 to commemorate the island’s independence that same year. Running down a hill into the shore, the green space offers incredible views of the dramatic coastline, shaded areas for a picnic, and a sand beach where you can swim in tide pools.
- Paynes Bay
- Harrison's Cave
- Mount Gay Rum Visitor Center
- Bridgetown Cruise Port (Deep Water Harbour)
- Barbados Parliament Buildings
- Orchid World & Tropical Flower Garden
- Carlisle Bay
- Barbados Museum & Historical Society
- Garrison Historic Area
- Barbados Wildlife Reserve
- Cherry Tree Hill
- St. Nicholas Abbey
- Andromeda Botanic Gardens
- Bathsheba Beach
- St. John's Parish Church