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Dover Beach

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Dover Beach which includes a beach, general coastal views and tropical scenes

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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Top Hotels Close to Dover Beach

Dover Beach Hotel
Dover Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
St. Lawrence, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
The price is CA $123 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 19
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 ...
3.9/5Good! (714 reviews)
"Everything was nice!!!!"

Reviewed on Jul. 21, 2021

Dover Beach Hotel
Rostrevor Hotel
Rostrevor Hotel
3 out of 5
Saint Lawrence Gap, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
The price is CA $137 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
Located in St. Lawrence Gap, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of St. Lawrence Bay and Dover Beach. Turtle Beach ...
4.1/5Very Good! (682 reviews)
"Great place to stay. Clean rooms and friendly staff. There is no beach like the pictures suggest. The property could use some updates but I would stay here again. Great place!"

Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2021

Rostrevor Hotel
Bougainvillea Barbados
Bougainvillea Barbados
4 out of 5
Maxwell Coast Road, Maxwell, Christ Church
The price is CA $219 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (975 reviews)
"Overall good hotel. The rooms are clean and well kept but the property needs some updating. The food at the restaurant was great. The beach is not the best but it’s nice to be able to hear the waves crashing while you’re on the balcony. The area around the hotel seems neglected and run down and the ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 23, 2021

Bougainvillea Barbados
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Time Out Hotel
Time Out Hotel
3 out of 5
St Lawrence Gap, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
The price is CA $116 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
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Rostrevor Hotel
Rostrevor Hotel
3 out of 5
Saint Lawrence Gap, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
The price is CA $137 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
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Dover Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
St. Lawrence, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
The price is CA $123 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 19
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Bougainvillea Barbados
Bougainvillea Barbados
4 out of 5
Maxwell Coast Road, Maxwell, Christ Church
The price is CA $219 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
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South Gap Hotel
South Gap Hotel
3.5 out of 5
St. Lawrence Gap, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
The price is CA $161 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
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Infinity On The Beach
Infinity On The Beach
3 out of 5
Dover, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
The price is CA $161 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Infinity On The Beach
Divi Southwinds Beach Resort
Divi Southwinds Beach Resort
3 out of 5
St Lawrence Main Road, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
The price is CA $156 per night from Jul 31 to Jul 31
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The Sands Barbados All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Sandy Beach, Worthing, Christ Church
The price is CA $393 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
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Sandals Royal Barbados - ALL INCLUSIVE Couples Only
5 out of 5
St. Lawrence Gap, Maxwell, Christ Church
Sandals Royal Barbados - ALL INCLUSIVE Couples Only
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