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Is there anybody out there who doesn’t love a good sunset? I know I sure do! When I first arrived in Barbados, I was living too far inland and missed out on a lot of beautiful sunset photos over the beach. I tried to take a few from our balcony, but it never seemed to do them justice.
Since moving within walking distance of the lovely Fitts Village Beach a few months ago, I made it an objective to watch sunset every night I possibly can. They serve as a reminder that no matter how dark and down things look, there is always beauty to be found and appreciated at the end of each and every day. And from an artist perspective, I could never get bored of watching sunsets. Each and every one is a unique and stunning masterpiece in its own right. As that one quote goes:
“There’s a sunrise and sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”
– JO WALTON
So without further ado, here’s a round-up of 10 of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve witnessed in Barbados so far.
During the first week of watching sunset every day, this beauty happened. The various cloud formations with just a bit of gray near the horizon made for a dynamic and colorful display. Still one of my favorite sunsets (and photos) from Barbados so far!
One thing I learned after a month of photographing sunsets was to go out about 30 minutes before and stay 30 minutes after. Because you never really know what the sky is going to do, and this photo is an example of exactly that. When I first headed to the beach, there looked like way too much cloud coverage, especially at the horizon. It was so thick that it entirely blocked the view of the sun going down. But I hung around for another 30 minutes, and suddenly the sky decided to gave us this magical surprise.
Tip from a temporary Barbados resident: A lovely, but narrow, stretch of shoreline just beyond the Waves Hotel & Spa on Prospect Beach opens up at low tide only. There are mostly only residential houses along the stretch, making it a quiet and serene place to watch sunset. On this night, the ocean was particularly calm and reflected some of the golden hues on the water and sand.
Batts Rock Beach is one of the most popular beaches on Barbados’ west coast. It’s part of one of the longest stretches of sand on the whole island, making it a great place for an evening sunset walk. This particular night was pretty devoid of cloud, so I wasn’t expecting much of a show. (Photographer tip: clouds usually make for more interesting sunset photos!) But long after the sun had gone down, these thick and vibrant rays suddenly made an appearance in the sky, making it look like some Caribbean version of the Northern Lights!
The sky itself may not have ranked among the most interesting for this sunset, but what captivated me was how well the sea held onto that famous, Caribbean turquoise hue.
One of the fun things about sunsets is how predictable yet unpredictable they can be. SunsetWx is a neat and useful website that models forecasts for where the best sunrise and sunsets will be in the world based on actual meteorological data. I find myself checking the site daily, but it can’t actually predict whether sunsets will be good or bad outside a 24 hour window.
To that point, February of this year had the longest run of the most flat and dull sunsets I’ve seen in Barbados, and the month ended with nearly 3 straight days of rain. But apparently it was all just clearing way for the string of gorgeous sunsets we’re now having in March.
Heywoods Beach is one of my favorites on the whole island. Something about the spot makes it have consistently good cloud coverage, which either results in spectacularly colorful sunsets like the one above… or completely rains you out.
This is one sunset I will never forget. I was absolutely mesmerized by the clouds and colors, and all I could (and can still) see is a beautiful bird diving into a golden sea. Do you see it or is that just me?
Back over on Heywoods Beach, we have another example of the sky being prettiest just before it rains! I was watching the clouds roll in behind me, but the sky over sea just continued to get more and more colorful as the clouds approached. Even though I had a bus to catch home, I could hardly pull myself away from such a stunning light show. Thankfully the timing worked out and the rain held off until mere moments after I made it to the bus terminal!
Closing out with one more glorious pink and purple sunset on my “home” beach! After shooting sunsets regularly, you start being able to judge whether they’re going to be good or not. And this was one of those ones that I knew was going to be good as soon as I walked outside.
Needless to say, there is no shortage of magical Caribbean sunsets in Barbados! I hope you enjoyed my collection and that maybe you’ll even feel inspired to go out and watch or photograph a sunset of your own tonight!
Share your favorite sunset destinations with me in the comments section below!
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