Paynes Bay Beach

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Paynes Bay Beach Niched in a beautiful bay in Barbados is Paynes Bay Beach, this beach almost always have a hype of activity from sea bathers and watersports. Sea conditions are calm with crystal clear waters and no undertow.

Paynes Bay is perfect beach for swimming and snorkelling, and is quite popular with both visitors and locals on the west coast.

This beach is also a favourite with catamaran cruises as a stop-off for snorkelling, because of its many sightings of sea turtles and other tropical sea life.

Although a fairly busy beach, you can still retreat to the shade of one of the many trees and enjoy a good book, or listen to music on your iPod.

Because of its popularity with tourist, Paynes Bay Beach tends to attract a few unscrupulous characters and illegal vendors. These individuals are usually harmless, so just politely decline any purchases if need be, and get on with enjoying your time at the beach. Harassment on the beach by vendors is not permitted, so if uncomfortable you can report it to any of the rangers on the beach. 

Paynes Bay Beach is located 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 medium (becomes busy with catamaran patrons on their stop off)

Crowd on weekends

Other west coast Beaches close by
Located to the north is Sandy Lane Beach followed by Vauxhall Beach and Holetown Beach.
To the south is Mahogany Bay

More West Coast Beaches in Barbados...

Check out the rest of the island through a guided island tour, or maybe a self-guided tour of the many attractions and Night time activities by Rent-a-car.


: Seasonal weather can cause a change in conditions


Snorkeling / Swimming / Jet Skiing / Water Skiing / Glass Bottom Boats / Horseback Rides / Banana Boat Rides / Sun Tanning / & more... 
Watersports in Barbados


Lifeguard Facilities Beach Rentals Vendors Benches Play Park Parking
Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A Yes

Facilities can include: Showers / Toilets / Changing areas

Wheelchair Access Phone Booth Rangers Picnic Tables Hair Braiding Shaded Areas
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Located north of Bridgetown and South of Holetown

Travel north on Spring Garden Highway
Take the 1st exit at the Round-about onto Highway 1 (west coast road)
Travel Highway 1 pass Good Shepherd beach, Fitts Village and Mahogany Bay until you see Public Access signpost on left.
(Two Pedestrian entrances north of Daphnes Restaurant, but before Sandy Lane Hotel)

Travel south on Highway 1 (west coast road)
Pass Sandy Lane Hotel - Look for Beach access signage on the right
(Pedestrian entrance located north of Tamarind Hotel)

Contact Info
Paynes Bay Beach
Paynes Bay
St James

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