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Crane Beach
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Crane Beach featuring a sandy beach, tropical scenes and landscape views

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.

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Hilton Grand Vacations at The Crane
Hilton Grand Vacations at The Crane
4.5 out of 5
The Crane Resort, Diamond Valley
The price is CA $208 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 29
Situated near the beach, this luxury resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Foul Bay Beach and Crane Beach. Foursquare Rum Factory and Heritage Park is 3 mi (4.9 km) ...
4/5Very Good! (28 reviews)
"Most of the property was well kept. There were some areas that needed attention and upgrades but were manageable."

Reviewed on Jun. 22, 2021

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The Crane Resort
4.5 out of 5
Crane, Diamond Valley, St. Philip
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $320 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 6
This Diamond Valley resort is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Crane Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Bottom Bay Beach and Miami Beach. Silver Sands Beach ...
4.3/5Excellent! (999 reviews)
"It’s perhaps not best to travel here during the pandemic because staff is limited and the NEWLY implemented 5-day quarantine (after my booking) made it difficult to enjoy the facilities or much less the island. I only had 5 days and I was allowed to test on day 3 to be able to leave the country (many ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 6, 2021

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Luxurious Penthouse, Soft Pink Sand, Cooling Breezes and Timeless Elegance
Luxurious Penthouse, Soft Pink Sand, Cooling Breezes and Timeless Elegance
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This family-friendly Diamond Valley apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Foul Bay Beach and Crane Beach. Bottom Bay Beach and Kendal Sporting are also ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (38 reviews)
Great location
"The water never got hot in the showers"

Reviewed on Jun. 20, 2021

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Hilton Grand Vacations at The Crane
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