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Crane Beach

Barbados

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Natural Beauty

Crane Beach was named for the large crane that used to unload incoming ships hundreds of years ago, but don’t let its industrial past put you off. This pink-sand beach is a drop-dead gorgeous slice of heaven on the southeast coast that marries the wild Atlantic waters with the cool Caribbean coast.

It’s one of the most picturesque spots on the island, as it’s flanked by high cliffs covered in lush vegetation, and it’s somewhat off the beaten path.

Bright and Breezy

A hefty breeze rolls through here that relieves travelers from the sun’s intense rays and provides the necessary waves for body surfing, a popular beach pastime.

If you prefer calmer waters, head to the protected cove to swim or snorkel. Don’t be afraid to wade out a ways—you’ll feel it when the water starts to get a little deeper.

And don’t worry about stepping on anything sharp; the sand here is soft and luscious underfoot, with very few rocks and stones poking out.

Getting Here

Crane Beach is only about a five-minute drive from the airport, and though you can access the beach by The Crane Resort, there is a hefty charge. If you go this route, check out the one-of-a-kind glass elevator that takes visitors down to the beachfront. For free entrance, head to the opposite end of the beach toward the set of steps.

Though they may be a bit pricey, you can rent chairs and buy libations from vendors passing through.

Crane Beach at a Glance

City:Union Hall

Country or State:Barbados

Length of Beach:200 yards

Access:By taxi, by car

Best time to visit:July to November

High Season:December to April

Low Season:May to November

Facilities:

  • Chair and umbrella rentals
  • Lifeguards
  • No public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • Pink sand
  • Saltwater
  • Secluded