On the south-western coast of Barbados, languishing in the stunning Carlisle Bay and nestled between the Hilton Resort and Radisson Aquatica Resort is the charming Pebbles Beach.
It’s rapidly become one of my favourite beach spots due to the beautiful white sands, licked by the calm, crystal clear, aquamarine waters of the Caribbean sea.
For those who want to chill out, take a deep breath and have some relaxation time it is just perfect. Get yourself a sun-lounger and parasol and watch the world go by. There is no more relaxing place.
For the adventurous, there is an assortment of water sports on offer. The waters of Carlisle Bay have no less than six shipwrecks, offering great opportunities for both snorkelling and scuba diving. Sailing, paddle board, snorkelling and scuba lessons are all available, with the equipment also available for rental. The bay is home to numerous marine vessels, from small sailing boats to catamarans and luxury yachts. You can also see along the coast to the port and watch the majestic cruise liners arrive and depart.
The glass bottom boat also departs from this location, where you can step aboard and spend some time exploring the ship-wrecks and marine life, including the famous Barbados turtles, from the comfort of the boat.
If you get to the beach very early, just as the moon is taking itself off to bed and the sun is wiping the sleep from its eyes, you will be treated to the amazing sight of the race horses from the nearby stables at the Garrison Savannah bathing in the cool waters. Check out my previous post ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ for more information.
You need not worry about packing a picnic or having to drive to find food as there are usually two food trucks close to the parking lot, serving traditional Bajan fare (check out their fish cutters) or a Jamaican option. Soft drinks and good old Banks beer are also available. There’s also a selection of food and drinks available as you head back up the Aquatic Gap, past the Radisson and towards H7. All within easy walking distance.
Pebbles is also home to the Barbados Cruising Club, whose aim is to make water sports and activities available to all, locals and tourists alike. Primarily a sailing club, they have prime location right on the beach and have so many facilities to offer, from equipment rentals and instructional lessons, lockers, sun-loungers and parasols and the great Dippers bar where a varied selection of food and drinks are available from noon. Check out the link below to find out about membership. Don’t be put off by it being a members club, the fees are very agreeable and also allow you discounts on a variety of the facilities that the club has to offer. They also run social events in the evenings, including a weekly quiz on Wednesdays and sunset tunes on a Sunday evening. Why not grab a drink and stay to take in the amazing sunset.
The Barbados Cruising Club host many regatta throughout the year, and they also organise the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series, in association with Mount Gay Rum and The Barbados Tourism Authority. It’s happening this week, so check out the itinerary on the links below.
Want to know how busy it is before you head down there, or want to check out the surf, then take a look at the live webcam using the link below.
Don’t take my word for it. Head down there and take in all that this delightful beach has to offer. You won’t be disappointed.
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