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Price & Hours

Free
Sunrise-sunset daily

Details

Beaches, Swimming/Pools, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.6

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Located on the southwestern coast of Barbados, Carlisle Bay's beaches offer calm waters, making this an ideal place to swim. The bay's six shipwrecks also make this area a great spot for snorkeling. Marine animals you may see while exploring these gentle waters include rock lobsters, turtles and fish.

While travelers with children praise this bay's calm waters and clean surroundings, adventure junkies rave about the variety of activities offered. Visitors can rent water sports equipment like kayaks and Jet Skis from local vendors, or arrange for beachside horseback riding. Umbrellas, lounge chairs and towels are available to rent as well. The only downside, according to reviewers, is the lack of shade.

Carlisle Bay's beaches sit about 2 miles southwest of downtown Bridgetown. To get to the bay, travelers can hire a taxi or take a bus to the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal, which is just a couple blocks away from the bay's northern tip. Free parking and lifeguards are available at all of the bay's beaches. Nearby facilities include public restrooms, dive shops, restaurants and shops. All Bajan beaches are free to visit and are open from sunrise to sunset. 

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