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While you may not have heard of this beach by name, I can almost guarantee you’ve seen photos of it. Bottom Bay is a secluded and idyllic tropical beach, hidden away on the southeast coast of Barbados. High, coral cliffs and lush, tall palm trees encompass the sandy stretch, making it a postcard-perfect representation of the Caribbean.
One of my goals while here on the island has been to visit every beach possible. I’ve pretty much covered the entire west coast at this point, however the south coast presents a little more difficulty without a car. That said, a car rental is helpful in finding Bottom Bay. But, you’re also going to need a solid navigator and a little patience. Bottom Bay stays quiet all day, likely thanks to being hidden in a neighborhood where the roads aren’t well marked. Even with a GPS, you’ll be half-guessing in the dark as to where to turn. Rest assured though, it will be worth it when you get there!
If you decide to visit Bottom Bay, there are a few things to be aware of. The waves are typically rough, so if you’re just looking to swim, this probably isn’t the best beach for you. There are no watersports offered around this area and even boats are rarely seen here. However, a brave surfer might catch a decent wave!
Another thing worth noting is that there are no bars or restaurants on the beach, so pack a snack before you head out!
There are typically one or two local vendors at Bottom Bay, selling fresh coconut water. They are very kind and not pushy in the slightest, and will also offer to mix you up an alcoholic beverage in the coconut. The alcoholic version contains a powdered drink mix for flavor, so if that turns you off, you might want to BYOB.
Be sure to bring your own towels or beach chairs, as you won’t find anyone offering them here. There is an unpaved parking area at the top of the beach, but no public facilities.
Walk to the far end of the beach to find a little cave that has been carved out in the limestone cliffs! If you talk to any of the vendors, they are also likely to point this out for you.
Despite the lack of swimming and amenities, I consider Bottom Bay to be the most beautiful beach on Barbados. It’s definitely worth a visit to see at least once, though photographers (like me!) might find themselves never wanting to leave!
+ Peaceful and quiet
+ Rarely many (if any) others around
+ Very picturesque location
– No nearby facilities or rental chairs
– Rough seas, not great for swimming
– Difficult to find
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I'm a rainbow haired music photographer, travel blogger and graphic designer... but unlike many others, I haven't quit my day job! I'm currently living in Barbados, sharing my favorite beach photos, experiences, adventures and just hoping to add a little color and inspiration to your life!
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