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Pounding surf draws skilled surfers to look for big-wave rides. Don’t swim here, but enjoy the unmatched scenery.

In contrast to the gentle swell of the western beaches, the waters of Bathsheba Beach boil with large breaking waves. The Atlantic Ocean pounds the shore with a force powerful enough to draw competitive surfers.

If you’re a topnotch surfer, follow the lead of others to find the best, and safest, spots. You’ll see distinctive mushroom-shaped rocks rising out of the water. Beware that hidden beneath the surface there may be more huge boulders of coral broken from the reef surrounding the island. There are also nearly constant, extremely strong undercurrents.

If you’re not an experienced, very skilled surfer, it’s best to enjoy watching rather than boarding. Make a game of it and predict which surfers will catch a wave first or go the longest. With the warm sun, refreshing breeze, and turquoise ocean view, you may want to spend several hours relaxing here.

When the tide is out, soak in the pools that form on the inland part of the beach. With sun-warmed water and gentle swirling from waves, they form a natural hot tub. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the shade or visit one of the casual restaurants on the cliff overlooking the beach.

Be sure to bring your camera for beautiful landscape shots capturing rock cliffs, island foliage, blue sky and turquoise waves topped with white foam. One of these will surely show up as your computer screensaver when you get back home.

Bathsheba Soup Bowl is an especially popular surfing spot. Regulars call it a “Surfer’s Paradise.”

Getting to Bathsheba takes effort but is worth the trip. Join a tour from Bridgetown or take a taxi. A public bus from Bridgetown arrives and departs hourly during the day. If you rent a car, be prepared for rough roads on the 12-mile (19-kilometer) drive. The limited parking fills quickly on great days, so arrive early to get a spot. If you return toward Bridgetown by midday, plan a stop at Hunte’s Garden to enjoy a valley of colorful flowers while you sip a rum punch and listen to soothing background music.

Top Hotels in Bathsheba

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Atlantis Historic Inn
Atlantis Historic Inn
3.5 out of 5
Tent Bay, Bathsheba, St. Joseph
$195
per night
Feb 18 - Feb 19

Nestled on the beach, this Bathsheba hotel is just steps from Windward Islands and Tent Bay. Bathsheba Beach and Barclays Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

4.3/5Excellent! (96 reviews)

"Came by for the Wednesday Buffet Lunch last week and found the hotel to be very welcoming and charming. I asked the manager to see a room which he immediately did and I was sold. I told him I would book my husband and myself in for a one night stay the following Tuesday which we did. The room Soup ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Atlantis Historic Inn
ECO Lifestyle & Lodge
ECO Lifestyle & Lodge
3 out of 5
Tent Bay, Bathsheba, St. Joseph
$222
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Situated by the ocean, this romantic guesthouse is steps from Windward Islands and Tent Bay. Bathsheba Beach and St Joseph Parish Church are also within 3 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (122 reviews)

"Great view from our upstairs room! Comfortable bed, nice staff, easy walk to food and beverages and close to Bathsheba Beach. It was quiet season and we really enjoyed ourselves."…"

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

ECO Lifestyle & Lodge
Round House
Round House
3 out of 5
Bathsheba, Bathsheba, St. Joseph
$145
per night
Feb 19 - Feb 20

Nestled on the beach, this Bathsheba inn is just steps from Windward Islands and Bathsheba Beach. Tent Bay and St Joseph Parish Church are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (45 reviews)

"Was there 10 years ago great improvements Covered deck great view of Bathsheba comfortable bedding cool decor. Lots of little stair ways so keep that in mind Was a great way to end the holiday room 4 and 3 the best but deck above can be used with others rooms very neat only 4 rooms room 4 has private ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Round House

Popular things to do in Bathsheba

Bathsheba Beach
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Bathsheba Beach

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Bathsheba Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Bathsheba. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside, or seek out the surfing spots.

Cattlewash
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Cattlewash

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Cattlewash during your travels in Bathsheba. Wander the seaside and beaches in this relaxing area.

Dover Beach
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Dover Beach

Find lots of watersport activities on this southwest beach, or watch locals compete at cricket and soccer.

Silver Sands Beach
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Silver Sands Beach

Protected lagoons and strong, constant breezes make this spot great for both learning wind-driven watersports and showing off expert skills.

Crane Beach
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Crane Beach

When a single photograph tempts visitors to come to Barbados, it is often the beautiful view of this stunning beach.

Rockley Beach
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Rockley Beach

This ideal all-around beach provides enjoyable activities from dawn to dusk.

Top activities in Bathsheba

Barbados 4x4 Jeep Safari with Lunch
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Barbados 4x4 Jeep Safari with Lunch

$138

Dubbed 'the island's most popular tour', this 4x4 jeep safari is a must do! This excursion is a non-stop fun expedition that takes you across the Eastern and Northeastern parts of Barbados.

Mount Gay Rum Tasting Tour
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Mount Gay Rum Tasting Tour

$20

Uncover the history and secrets behind the world's oldest rum at the Mount Gay Visitors' Centre. Embark on a tour through centuries of distillation, savoring sips of the brand's world-renowned rum.

VIP Five Star Fast Track Arrival Service
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VIP Five Star Fast Track Arrival Service

$60

Travel in style with VIP service at Grantley Adams International Airport that gives you a relaxed, easy experience from the moment you step off your plane. Meet and greet in the arrivals hall followed by fast-track service through customs and immigration.

Jolly Roger Lunch Cruise Barbados
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Jolly Roger Lunch Cruise Barbados

$108

Swing from ropes and walk the plank on this fun-filled pirate ship cruise. Climb aboard as we set sail for the first stop; a sunken shipwreck where you can swim and enjoy the best of Barbados.

Barbados Coastal Tour with Buffet Lunch
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Barbados Coastal Tour with Buffet Lunch

$90

Embark on a scenic tour of the entire island of Barbados and its magnificent coast, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bridgetown. Marvel at golden-sand beaches with turquoise water, rugged island landscapes, and a variety of historical landmarks.

Skip the Line: Tour Andromeda Botanic Gardens Ticket
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Skip the Line: Tour Andromeda Botanic Gardens Ticket

$15

Visit: Andromeda Botanic Gardens, 3 Hwy, Bathsheba Barbados Experience the original garden of Barbados created by the great award-winning visionary, Barbadian Iris Bannochie. View over 500 different plant species, within a selection of different gardens in a unique setting by the east coast.

Reviews of Bathsheba

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5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 14, 2019

If you want to get away from everything or love to surf, this is the place for you!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 8, 2019

Andromeda Botanical Garden was amazing.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2019

Bathsheba is definitely a must see while in Barbados. I wouldn’t recommend staying here unless you stay at the Eco Lifestyle Lodge, but only for a few days. Its a quiet, small area, bus filled with beautiful views!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 16, 2019

It's not for everybody...Unless you are a surfer, you are advised not to swim b/c of large waves and strong undertow. I also wouldn't recommend it for kids.But for peace, quiet, and personal regrouping, it's lovely. Very popular for lunch.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 21, 2019

This is a very picturesque and laid back part of Barbados, a must see!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 15, 2019

Really lovely friendly and warm people on this side of the island.