Folkestone Beach

Folkestone Beach In Barbados, Folkestone Beach is considered a family beach and is quite a popular beach with both locals and visitors to the island. This area is also a favourite picnic spot with locals.

Folkestone beach with its calm, crystal clear waters is perfect for swimming and snorkelling, while featuring golden sand, an underwater park marine reserve, many beach operators offering water related activities and beach rentals.

The underwater park zone in this area extends from Sandy Lane Beach to Church Point / Colony Club Beach. Snorkelling gear is available for rent to snorkel around the fringe reef situated a bit off-shore.

Further off-shore also features an artificial reef formed around the ship wreck of the SS Stavronikita, which was sunk in 120ft of water in 1978.

To tour the reefs and wreck you can reserve a boat for diving, with one of the Scuba Diving operators, or secure a glass bottom boat that plies the area.

Located here is the Folkestone Marine Park & Museum, an Interpretive Centre and Museum with marine and coastal environment displays, exhibits of the island’s fishing industry and a salt water aquarium.

Further inland are beach facilities, tennis and basketball courts, a souvenir shop, a picnic area and a play park.

Folkestone Beach can be found on the Caribbean Sea side of the island, on the West Coast of Barbados in the parish of St James.

- DO NOT TOUCH the Manchineel Tree or its Fruits. (POISONOUS - Causes BLISTERS)
- DO NOT STAND UNDER the Manchineel Tree when it’s raining. (liquid from tree may cause BLISTERING)
(The tree has green shiny leaves - The fruit is small apple–shaped – The tree is usually marked by red bands)
- Where there are water-sport activities persons should be cautious when entering outside the area marked with orange coloured buoys

Public Access to beach
Vehicular and pedestrian access with signage

Crowd during the week
Usually small to medium

Crowd on weekends
Medium to Large (busy on public holidays)

Other West Coast Beaches close by
Located to the north is Church Point Beach.

To the south is Trents Beach and Holetown Beach 

More West Coast Beaches in Barbados...

Take some time out to visit some of the other attractions and Nightlife around the island via a Rent-a-car, or get to know the rest of Barbados on a guided island tour


: Seasonal weather can cause a change in conditions


Snorkeling / Swimming / Jet Skiing / Pedal Boats / Glass Bottom Boats / Scuba Diving /  Sun Tanning
Watersports in Barbados


Lifeguard Facilities Beach Rentals Vendors Benches Play Park Parking
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Facilities usually includes: Showers / Toilets / Changing areas

Wheelchair Access Phone Booth Rangers Picnic Tables Hair Braiding Shaded Areas
N/A Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes


Located in the Porters / Holetown area
(next to St James Parish Church)
North of Bridgetown & Holetown and South of Speightstown

Travel north on Spring Garden Highway
Take the 1st exit at the Round-about onto Highway 1 (west coast road)
Travel Highway 1 pass Sunset Crest and Holetown until you see Public Access signpost on left.
(Vehicular & Pedestrian entrance next to church)
(Through Folkestone Marine Park)

Travel south on Highway 1 (west coast road)
Pass Mullins Bay - Look for Folkestone Marine Park & Beach access signage on the right
(Vehicular & Pedestrian entrance next to church))
(Through Folkestone Marine Park)

Contact Info
Folkestone Beach
St James

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