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Dover Beach

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

Dover Beach is a popular spot for active beachgoers on the southwest coast of Barbados. Rent a boogie board to enjoy the generally gentle surf or ride a Jet ski to cut through the waves.

Bring your snorkeling gear or purchase some from the beach vendors. Colorful tropical fish will swim with you as you explore the coral. Look for parts of several shipwrecks that have become home for marine life.

Ocean breezes provide ideal conditions for windborne activities. Take a windsurfing lesson from the friendly and competent watersport vendors and find yourself skimming along the water faster than any surfer. Or, ride a dual-hulled sailboat with the thrilling experience of lifting one hull high out of the water.

Look for the excursions that will take you to a nearby location for snorkeling with sea turtles. Some vendors will rent magnifying goggles for those who normally wear glasses for distance.

Dover Beach is great for swimming. Lifeguards patrol the area and the water generally has swell and some waves, but no strong currents. The beach is one of the widest on Barbados, offering space for those who want to sunbathe as well as others who want to dig in the sand.

Visit one of the vendors to rent beach chairs and umbrellas or purchase snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses and T-shirts. Or, relax in the shade with an icy cold beer or frozen daiquiri at the beachside bar.

While you’re on a break from beach activities, look for the activity going on across the street. This is the Dover Playing Field where you may find cricket or Bajan football (soccer) underway. Go to the ocean side to play beach volleyball and cool off with a freshwater shower before you return to your hotel.

Dover Beach is 11 miles (7 kilometers) south of Bridgetown. If you are not staying within walking distance, take a taxi or shuttle to the beach as parking may be limited.


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Rostrevor Hotel $148
Rostrevor Hotel

Rostrevor Hotel

Saint Lawrence Gap, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in St. Lawrence Gap, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Windward Islands and Dover Beach. Worthing Beach and Rockley Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Accra Beach Hotel & Spa $203
    Accra Beach Hotel & Spa

    Accra Beach Hotel & Spa

    Rockley, Rockley, Christ Church
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Rockley resort is just steps from Windward Islands and Rockley Beach. Dover Beach and Worthing Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Infinity On The Beach $127
      Infinity On The Beach

      Infinity On The Beach

      Dover, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this St. Lawrence Gap resort is within a 5-minute walk of Windward Islands and Dover Beach. Worthing Beach and Rockley Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        South Gap Hotel $139
        South Gap Hotel

        South Gap Hotel

        St. Lawrence Gap, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of St. Lawrence Gap, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Windward Islands and Dover Beach. Worthing Beach and Rockley Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Dover Beach Hotel $97
          Dover Beach Hotel

          Dover Beach Hotel

          St. Lawrence, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in St. Lawrence Gap, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Turtle Beach and Miami Beach. U.S. Embassy and Pebbles Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Ocean Two Resort and Residences by Ocean Hotels $216
            Ocean Two Resort and Residences by Ocean Hotels

            Ocean Two Resort and Residences by Ocean Hotels

            Dover, Christ Church, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this St. Lawrence Gap resort is just steps from Windward Islands and Dover Beach. Worthing Beach and Rockley Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Bougainvillea Barbados $225
              Bougainvillea Barbados

              Bougainvillea Barbados

              Maxwell Coast Road, Maxwell, Christ Church
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nestled on the beach, this Maxwell resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Miami Beach, St. Lawrence Bay, and South Coast Boardwalk. U.S. Embassy and Carlisle Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Southern Palms Beach Club $180
                Southern Palms Beach Club

                Southern Palms Beach Club

                St. Lawrence Gap, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this St. Lawrence Gap resort is just steps from Windward Islands and Dover Beach. Worthing Beach and Rockley Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).