Generally, I’m a “save the best for last” type of person, but there’s still a lot of Barbados I have yet to explore. And while I haven’t been to every beach on the east and south coasts yet, it’s going to be hard for anything to top Heywoods Beach for me.
I have found that the further away from the airport you get, the quieter the beaches are. Since Heywoods Beach is about a 45 minute drive from Barbados’ only airport, it makes sense for it to be one of the quietest.
Just a few minutes walk north of Speightstown, you can find the long and picturesque stretch of sand. Entering from the south end, you’ll pass by a pier and what remains of the formerly well-known Almond Beach Resort. Luckily, there are plenty of trees and foliage hiding most of the abandoned site. But even if there weren’t, Heywoods Beach covers over half a mile of Barbados’ shoreline. The further north you walk, you’ll pass plenty of little coves. And with so much beach, it won’t be hard to find a spot to have all to yourself!
Breakwater rocks enclose some of the sandy coves, sheltering them from waves. The calm waters and shallow reefs make Heywoods perfect for swimming and snorkeling. If you’re more in the mood to just relax on the beach, you can do so without worry of being hassled by any vendors. You’ll need to bring your own towel, snacks and any other amenities though, as there are no facilities along the beach.
Situated at the north end of the beach is the exclusive Port St. Charles Resort, where you can find Pier One Restaurant. It’s a perfect place to end the night with a casual yet upscale (and still affordable!) dining experience. If I haven’t sold you yet, let the photos do the talking for this perfect, tropical paradise!
+ Peaceful and quiet
+ Calm waters, perfect for swimming
+ Reef close to shore for snorkeling
+ Public parking with direct beach access
+ Chance to see turtles
+ Close to Speightstown
– No nearby facilities or rental chairs
– No restaurants or bars directly on the beach
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