Carlisle Bay
Carlisle Bay
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This bay is best known for its calm, sheltered waters, perfect for swimming and scuba diving.
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  • Sandra R
    Harpenden, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crytal clear waters always inviting with the whitest sand.
    Carlisle Bay goes from Pebbles Beach through to Browns Beach towards Bridgetown. It has the softest white sands and crystal clear blue water. You can sun bath, swim and even dive in safety. The sea is hardly ever rough although that does depend on the weather. One of the best bea c hes on the island for both locals and tourists alike. There are a few bars dotted about you can grab a cold beer. Rum punch or cool soft drink. Worth a visit if you stay awhile or visiting.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Al T
    Mississauga, Canada47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect Beach Day!
    We love this beach! It was a short bus van ride. You can rent two chairs, a table and umbrella from $15 go $20 Barbados, for the entire day. The water is clear and calm, with a long beach for walking or relaxing. There are a couple of lunch and snack vendors on site, in addition to a small restaurant across the street where you can get hot grub. Again, you need local currency for the vendors but I had yummu chicken roti and burgers. No complaints! Our second visit, we didn't see tables for our chairs, and they went out of their way to find them. Amazing what you get if you ask nicely. On Sundays, it's nice to see families enjoying beach picnics and down time.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 12, 2023
  • TClayton
    Clementon, New Jersey38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing beach
    Amazing beach. We stopped for the day on a cruise and taxied as a group of 16 to the beach. We were able to rent chairs and umbrellas. The water was cool but calm. There were water activities on the beach for a fee (snorkeling, swimming with the turtles, jet skis, chair water ride, etc.). The family enjoyed themselves and we would recommend stopping by.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Pandabuddie
    United Kingdom1,415 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunshine
    We all had a cracking day here. Sunbeds x 4 people and umbrella each was 40 dollars. Well worth the money. Had access to toilet and wifi and beach bar. Service excellent. Would visit again.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 28, 2023
  • Captain Hook
    Grimsby, United Kingdom419 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good beach to start a cruise
    We were on a cruise so this beach is the nearest to the port to walk to. Takes around thirty minutes. Early in the morning there is plenty of space, and the sea is good to swim in. There are vendors walking up and down but they don't give you a hard time. There are umbrellas and beds at various bars but they just want to sell you a package of beers. Better to steer clear of them if you are only spending a few hours, especially the Boatyard.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 19, 2023
  • Lynda W
    Folkestone, United Kingdom45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good choice
    Did some research before arriving, as previously had been rather disappointed. Chose Carlisle Bay as it was quite near to the cruise port.Lots of taxis, and a set price of 5$ each way.Taxis wait until they have a full load and we asked to be taken to Brown's beach which is the far end by the Hilton. Absolutely beautiful.Not crowded, and sunbeds not all pushed together.Sea had quite afew waves, people were surfing Sand was just as imagined, so soft.Lunch was a bar just off the beach called Bali Beach Club.Fantastic food and staff, the guy who works behind the bar deserves a medal.Would always want to return.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 1, 2024
  • mythosmanc
    Manchester, United Kingdom119 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    30 minutes walk from the port
    Lovely bay roughly 30 minutes walk from the port . Sea a lovely temperature. No point in snorkelling at the edges as no fish . All the fish are a bit further out above the ship wreck and would need to be a good swimmer to access . Also know for green turtles in the area .
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 2, 2024
  • Sand M
    Perth, United Kingdom852 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just beautiful
    We came here for a half day relaxation at the beach. And that’s exactly what we got. The only thing was that for me, the boat tours were too near the swimmers. There are bhoys to segregate boats and people but the boats were turning into the bhoys and a bit too close for comfort for me. The Jet Skis were running along the rope barrier also. But the water is brilliant clear clean and the same with the beaches. Well worth the visit
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 5, 2024
  • Leelou270
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Accessible beach from cruise port
    Good clean beach and easy to access from cruise port. It cost $5 each way and picked us up as promised. Toilet facilities and bar area. Cost $20 for 2 beds and brolii with free WiFi and party atmosphere in bar behind
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 19, 2024
  • Diane The Traveller
    United Kingdom58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Powder White Sand
    Powder white sands and a warm sea for swimming in, because of this it can get busy and is visited by visitors from cruise ships. I would certainly recommend a visit if you like a beach day. We entered via Harbour Lights where we paid for sunbeds and umbrella. One of the best beaches in Barbados.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 31, 2024
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staticball
Hamburg, Germany7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We went to the main beach across the bird bar for some swimming and snorkeling. We brought our own fins and mask and found it very easy to swim quickly as far out to the boats. I saw more interesting things than I expected! Here’s what we saw: flying gurnards, puffer fish, small exotic fish, school of cuttlefish, big red cushion sea star, sea slugs, and a large kingfish. It was a fun day out. There is some boat traffic so be aware.

Prices:

Chair and umbrella rental for two: 20 usd
Virgin colada at the smoothie stand: 10 usd
The bird bar (red building across the street): 12 usd for jerk chicken and rice

I recommend leaving towels on the chairs and head to the bird bar for lunch then return. Enjoy!
Written May 1, 2024
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mtnhappy
Colorado Springs, CO58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was the most beautiful beach I've ever seen--with the turquoise water and white sand with a pinkish tint, making it so clear to see all the way to the bottom of the ocean floor. We enjoyed spending the afternoon on this beach after taking a sea turtle snorkel tour. After the tour, my husband swam over to the snorkeling area (where it was maybe 20 feet deep), and he saw more sea turtles while he was all by himself, so neat! There were a lot people on the beach since 2 cruise ships were in port for the day, but it wasn't too crowded in my opinion. There is a lot of boat traffic, so you need to be careful in the water. It was a long walk back to the port, about 45 min, so make sure you plan accordingly if you visit from a cruise ship!
BEWARE: Because of the white sand, the sun really reflects off of it, so we got badly burned even with sunblock on. We should have reapplied sunblock after our water time!
Written April 18, 2024
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A S
11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
My sister and I enjoyed snorkeling Carlisle Bay. We did not pack fins and they are definitely not needed so save the space in your suitcase. I read reviews prior to snorkeling and had planned to just swim to the shipwrecks rather than pay for a tour, however, when I arrived and saw the swimmers who were trying to avoid the significant boat traffic $35 for a tour seemed reasonable. I also want to warn swimmers that there were jellyfish everywhere! Our guide told me they don’t really sting. I did brush up against one as they were impossible to avoid and just had a mild tingling stinging sensation for 10 minutes or so. My best advice is that if you have the ability choose a time when the hundreds of cruise ship passengers who flood the beach are not there. It is a nice snorkeling site but the experience is ruined by boat traffic and hundreds of cruise ship passengers.
Written April 12, 2024
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Diane The Traveller
United Kingdom58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Powder white sands and a warm sea for swimming in, because of this it can get busy and is visited by visitors from cruise ships. I would certainly recommend a visit if you like a beach day. We entered via Harbour Lights where we paid for sunbeds and umbrella. One of the best beaches in Barbados.
Written March 31, 2024
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Tim Fox
Bromley, UK50 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beach was horrendously busy as was the sea with crowds of boats wanting to get a sighting of turtles. Water was not as clear as expected either.
Not somewhere I want to return to.
Written March 30, 2024
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David S
Middlesbrough, UK2,310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Carlisle Bay is one of the favourite Caribbean stop offs for my wife and I. It's about a 30 minute walk from the cruise terminal and worth the effort to get there. The beach is fantastic with its amazing sand and scenic lapping water. If your lucky you may even see exercising horses running up and down the beach.
Written March 22, 2024
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Leelou270
Yorkshire, UK76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Good clean beach and easy to access from cruise port. It cost $5 each way and picked us up as promised. Toilet facilities and bar area. Cost $20 for 2 beds and brolii with free WiFi and party atmosphere in bar behind
Written March 19, 2024
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Hazel C
East Grinstead, UK1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Beautiful bay, we stayed at the Radisson Aquatica which has racehorses visit the beach for a swim early each morning. Water is warm and clear. Hotel was ok but the main asset was the location.
Written March 12, 2024
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Shelley L
Val-des-Monts, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful calm bay. Lots of turtles to watch and next to Pebbles Beach where the race horses swim. Loved my visit. No need to rent a chair and lots of trees for shade.
Written February 27, 2024
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Roy W
Oshawa, Canada25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Bridgetown is looking tired and worn out. Deals are hard to be found so it's almost an oxymoron when I say that the people are friendly and nice. We took a food tour, which was great, and got a history lesson in the process. It was great to have a taste of the town, but sad to see what she has become.
Do the food tour, it's worth it. But don't expect to love Bridgetown - she's gone sour.
Written February 27, 2024
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