Crane Beach

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Crane Beach

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

Crane beach is a stretch of powdery sand formed by pink coral that was pulverized and washed up over time. Although the area is on the east side of the island, which is normally full of thundering waves, Crane Beach has towering cliffs on each end of the beach and a coral reef in the ocean that provide protection from powerful Atlantic Ocean waves.

Walk along the soft beach, swim in protected shallows or bring a boogie board to enjoy the gentle waves. There is a lifeguard on duty. As at all beaches, watch for the red flag indicating conditions have become dangerous.

This beach is often rated as the best in Barbados, and one of the top beaches of the world. Honeymooners enjoy the peaceful and romantic setting of the Crane Resort, which has been situated on the top of the 50-foot (15-meter) cliff since 1887. Sunrises here are phenomenal.

If you’re not staying at the Crane, pay a fee (usable for resort purchases) to take the stairs or glass-fronted elevator to the top of the cliff to understand the resort’s appeal. You’ll immediately notice the many outdoor pools and Jacuzzi. Some of the individual rooms have private pools as well, many with infinity edges giving the perspective of being in an endless ocean.

Enjoy the view of beach and ocean, walk through the gardens and admire the Grand Jeté statue of British ballet dancer David Wall, sculpted by Enzo Plazotta in 1981. Be sure to have shirt and shoes to enjoy drinks on the verandah of Bar 1887. Make a reservation to return in the evening dressed “elegantly” to enjoy sushi or Thai food at the restaurant.

Interestingly, the beach gets its name not from a seabird, but from a crane used for loading and unloading boats when the area was used as a commercial harbor.

The beach is 15 minutes from the airport and 30 from Bridgetown. Limited public beach parking is available on a one-lane alley. Public access requires a climb and hopping on rocks to get to the beach.

Top Hotels Close to Crane Beach

Hilton Grand Vacations Club The Crane Barbados
Hilton Grand Vacations Club The Crane Barbados
4.5 out of 5
The Crane Resort, Diamond Valley, BB18079
The price is $169 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 5
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Diamond Valley. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 5 restaurants. Popular attractions Crane Beach and Foul Bay Beach ...
4/5 Very Good! (60 reviews)
"Amazing"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Hilton Grand Vacations Club The Crane Barbados
The Crane Resort
The Crane Resort
4.5 out of 5
Crane, Diamond Valley, St. Philip, BB18079
The price is $187 per night from Jun 11 to Jun 12
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Diamond Valley. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 5 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (998 reviews)
"Great"

Reviewed on May 1, 2022

The Crane Resort
The Crane Beach with Ocean View and Deluxe Plunge Pool
The Crane Beach with Ocean View and Deluxe Plunge Pool
Diamond Valley, St. Philip
Stay at this condo in Diamond Valley. Enjoy an outdoor pool, WiFi, and 2 bathrooms. Popular attractions Crane Beach and Foul Bay Beach are located nearby. Discover ...
The Crane Beach with Ocean View and Deluxe Plunge Pool
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Hilton Grand Vacations Club The Crane Barbados
Hilton Grand Vacations Club The Crane Barbados
4.5 out of 5
The Crane Resort, Diamond Valley, BB18079
The price is $169 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 5
Hilton Grand Vacations Club The Crane Barbados
The Crane Resort
The Crane Resort
4.5 out of 5
Crane, Diamond Valley, St. Philip, BB18079
The price is $187 per night from Jun 11 to Jun 12
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The Crane Beach with Ocean View and Deluxe Plunge Pool
The Crane Beach with Ocean View and Deluxe Plunge Pool
Diamond Valley, St. Philip
The Crane Beach with Ocean View and Deluxe Plunge Pool
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Beautiful Barbados In Luxury On The Best Beach In The World
Diamond Valley, St. Philip
Beautiful Barbados In Luxury On The Best Beach In The World
Unique apartment within The Crane resort with many facilities
Unique apartment within The Crane resort with many facilities
Diamond Valley, St. Philip
Unique apartment within The Crane resort with many facilities
Luxurious 2 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Ocean View Apt, Bldg8, At Premium The Crane Resort
Luxurious 2 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Ocean View Apt, Bldg8, At Premium The Crane Resort
Diamond Valley, St. Philip
Luxurious 2 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Ocean View Apt, Bldg8, At Premium The Crane Resort
The Crane Resort Unit 2
The Crane Resort Unit 2
Diamond Valley, St. Philip
The Crane Resort Unit 2
The Crane Resort 2BR+3Bth. Ocean View. Priv 28' pool Kitchen+LivingRoom Sleep 6
The Crane Resort 2BR+3Bth. Ocean View. Priv 28' pool Kitchen+LivingRoom Sleep 6
Diamond Valley, St. Philip
The Crane Resort 2BR+3Bth. Ocean View. Priv 28' pool Kitchen+LivingRoom Sleep 6
Beautiful Four-bedroom Villa With Breathtaking sea Views
Beautiful Four-bedroom Villa With Breathtaking sea Views
3.5 out of 5
Beach Head, the crane, Diamond Valley, St. Philip, 00000
Beautiful Four-bedroom Villa With Breathtaking sea Views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.