With fine white sand and tepid blue waters, the beaches in Barbados are truly something. Here are the best beaches in Barbados.

There are basically three areas of beaches to check out in Barbados – the east coast, which is beautiful but generally unsafe for swimming; the west coast, with smaller and narrower stretches of sand that offer excellent swimming and snorkeling conditions; and the south coast, which features stunning beaches favored by youths for their crystal clear water and moderate to strong waves. Let’s begin with the south coast.

On the south coast, be sure to visit Crane Beach, a crescent of pink sand protected by majestic cliffs. Located at Crane Bay in St. Philip, Crane Beach boasts lightly rolling surf that is perfect for swimming and bodysurfing. You can access the beach through the Crane Resort, and a lifeguard is on duty here. For a small fee you can also use the resort’s changing room, and that fee can be applied towards dinner or drinks at their restaurant. Now that’s smart business.

Also on the south coast is Enterprise Beach, an isolated stretch of sand located on Enterprise Coast Road. Also known as Miami Beach, this white sand beach is perfect for a picnic and an afternoon of pure relaxation in a tropical setting.

On the west coast you will find Mullins Beach. Located off Highway 1 at Mullins Bay in St. Peter, this beach boasts terrific swimming conditions and is an excellent place to spend an entire day. Bring your snorkel gear. Leave the picnic basket at home and enjoy meals and snacks at the Suga Suga Restaurant, which also rents out beach chairs and umbrellas.

Also on the west coast, check out Brighton Beach. No, not the one in Brooklyn. Brighton Beach in Barbados is where many locals come to take a quick dip to cool off. Located off Spring Garden Highway, here is where you will find the Malibu Beach Club as well.

On the east coast, don’t pass up Bathsheba, even though it isn’t safe for swimming. Bathsheba is a gorgeous beach where professional surfers from around the globe come to compete each November for the Independence Classic Surfing Championship.

Whether you arrive at the beaches in Barbados for sunning, swimming, snorkeling, or surfing, always be sure to exercise good judgment. The waves can be treacherous and not every beach is safe for swimming.

Enjoy the best beaches in Barbados. Be sure to check out my other articles on the various islands of the Caribbean for information on top resorts and hotels, dining, beaches, water sports and land activities, shopping, and nightlife picks.