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It’s about 3:30 AM and I’m still awake to watch the first bands of wind and rain from Tropical Storm Elsa as they’re starting to hit Barbados. Thought I’d squeeze in one more quick post before I call it a night (and before the power probably goes out)!
Situated on the “platinum” west coast of Barbados about halfway between Holetown and Bridgetown is the beautiful Batts Rock Beach. I have a lot of love for all the beaches on the platinum coast, but Batts Rock is easily one of my favorites.
There’s a lot of good things to say about this beach, so I’m going to start with my only negative. And that is: I am definitely not the only one who enjoys this place. Batts Rock is always happening!
Enclosed by a large rock wall, the public beach has a flat shoreline with scenic views of the crystal clear water. The sea at Batts Rock is usually gentle and small areas of rock close to the shore make it an interesting snorkel location. Some lucky visitors have even had friendly sea turtle encounters!
Though I often see small fishing boats on the beach, I don’t believe they’re actually rented out for public use. There doesn’t appear to be any vendors for watersports, and I haven’t seen many paddleboarders or kayakers in the area. On the rare days with rougher seas though, a handful of surfers do come to catch a wave at Batts Rock.
With La Cabane located right on the beach, it’s no wonder there’s always people around! The restaurant highlights locally sourced, fresh and organic ingredients with a Mediterranean twist. Though I haven’t eaten there myself, it is always packed and gets rave reviews. Stop in for a quick drink or dine in the evening and enjoy some live music!
Paradise Beach and the “Standing Stones” of Barbados (a well known local landmark) are both within easy walking distance of Batts Rock Beach. The combination of the three makes the whole area a haven for photographers like me and I could easily spend an entire day there just snapping photos!
Batts Rock Beach is well accommodated with picnic tables, park benches, drink machines, bathrooms and a nice shower with changing facilities. There is also a dedicated parking lot with plenty of space.
For those less interested in swimming, head up the beautifully landscaped path behind Batts Rock for a stunning overlook of the beach. The green monkeys of Barbados are known to hangout in the nearby woods, and often make morning appearances.
+ Calm waters, perfect for swimming
+ Interesting snorkeling areas
+ Showers and changing facilities on site
+ Designated parking area with direct beach access
+ Nearby restaurant on the beach
+ Chance to see green monkeys and sea turtles
+ Well landscaped, photogenic grounds
– Always happening, very low chance of having the beach to yourself
– No watersport rentals
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