Reeds Bay / Thunder Bay Beach
If I had thought to start blogging about my adventures in Barbados sooner, Reeds Bay would have been the first beach I posted about. When I started exploring the island on foot, it was the first beach I discovered. Having visited 24(!!) beaches on the island now, it still ranks as one of my favorites.
In the parish of St. James, Reeds Bay lies hidden away along Barbados’ west coast. You can find the bay on a Google search, but it doesn’t actually appear as a beach. I guess that’s part of the reason why it’s so quiet!
I’m actually not sure if “Reeds Bay” is even the technical name of the beach. A little place called Thunder Bay Beach Bar sits on the beach, so I’ve wondered if it’s also referred to as “Thunder Bay Beach”. Whatever the case, it’s an unspoiled beach that seems mostly only known by locals.
As with many “Platinum Coast” beaches, the sand is delightfully soft and the water is consistently calm and clear. Just be aware, Reeds Bay is more of a “bring your own” style beach. There’s no public facilities, no lounge chairs and the beach bar only serves drinks and packaged snacks (no hot plates). As long as you come prepared, the spot is idyllic for relaxing on the beach or floating in the water all day.
Be sure to stay for a beautiful sunset and watch your step during the summer months as turtles are known to nest here!
+ Peaceful and quiet
+ Mostly only known by locals
+ Consistently calm waters
+ Bar directly on the beach
+ Public parking area next to bar
+ Chance to see turtles
– No nearby facilities or rental chairs
– Beach bar does not serve cooked food
– Not much in the way of shade
– Occasional loud groups show up on early afternoon catamarans
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