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Dover Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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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South Gap Hotel
South Gap Hotel
3.5 out of 5
St. Lawrence Gap, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
The price is CA $150 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in the heart of St. Lawrence Gap, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Lawrence Bay and Dover Beach. Turtle Beach and Worthing Beach are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (374 reviews)

"Great value for the area. Clean. Modern and recently renovated."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 23, 2020

South Gap Hotel
Rostrevor Hotel
Rostrevor Hotel
3 out of 5
Saint Lawrence Gap, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
The price is CA $141 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

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! (655 reviews)

"It is Close to everything, lots of resturants near by"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2020

Rostrevor Hotel
Time Out Hotel
Time Out Hotel
3 out of 5
St Lawrence Gap, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
The price is CA $99 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

Located in St. Lawrence Gap, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Dover Beach and Turtle Beach. Rockley Beach ...

3.5/5Good! (407 reviews)

"The staff was nice and friendly and the room was great. Opened right into the pool area which was amazing more morning tea time"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 16, 2020

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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 $150 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
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Rostrevor Hotel
Rostrevor Hotel
3 out of 5
Saint Lawrence Gap, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
The price is CA $141 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
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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 $99 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
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Dover Beach Hotel
Dover Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
St. Lawrence, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
The price is CA $187 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
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Southern Palms Beach Club
Southern Palms Beach Club
3.5 out of 5
St. Lawrence Gap, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
The price is CA $256 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
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Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels All Suite - All Inclusive
Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels All Suite - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Dover, St. Lawrence Gap, Maxwell, Christ Church
The price is CA $968 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 5
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Harlem B & B
Harlem B & B
2.5 out of 5
St Lawrence Gap & Paradise Gap, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
The price is CA $111 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
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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 $172 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
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Sandals Royal Barbados - ALL INCLUSIVE Couples Only
5 out of 5
St. Lawrence Gap, Maxwell, Christ Church
The price is CA $2,247 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
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