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Paradise Beach

One of the most popular starting off points for serious divers. Several wrecks offer beginning to advanced depth exploration.

Paradise Beach and Batts Rock Beach are just 3 miles (5.2 kilometers) north of Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados. Take advantage of this convenient location for a quick beach trip if you have a free half day on your arrival or departure date.

During your vacation, make a longer trip to Paradise for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Look for colorful coral and tropical fish around the occasional rock formations in shallow water.

Arrange scuba excursions to interesting shipwrecks in deeper water. If you’re relatively new at diving, investigate the barge Lord Combermere resting in 40 feet (12 meters) of transparent water or Lord Willoughby in 60 feet (18 meters). Both are off the shore of Paradise and Batts Rock. You’ll find coral, small fish and sponges. The Charles Bank ranges from 50 to 140 feet (15 to 43 meters) in depth and is an excellent spot for many varieties of coral.

The highlight for most divers is the SS Stavronikita, lying bow to stern at 70 and 100 feet (20 and 30 meters). The 365-foot (111-meter) Greek freighter caught fire in the Caribbean and was towed to Barbados for salvage. In 1977, the Barbados Parks and Beach Commission bought the vessel, salvaged valuable items and did an environmental cleanse, then sunk it to create a wreck for diving. It’s located 400 yards (366 meters) off the shore near Paradise Beach.

Explore the underwater ghostlike shadows of the structural features. Observe how coral is forming on the ship, gradually turning the man-made vessel into a part of the subsurface barrier that protects the western beaches.

You’ll find several reputable dive crews on Barbados. Arrange your dives before you arrive to be sure you can reserve the days and sites you desire.  

Back on shore, picnic in the shaded area between the two beaches or wander to the fishing village in nearby Freshwater Bay. To reach Paradise Beach by car, enter and park through the Batts Rock entrance. Buses and taxis from Bridgetown are very convenient.


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Your Own House on the Beach!!! Family Neighborhood! On the West Coast
Your Own House on the Beach!!! Family Neighborhood! On the West Coast

Your Own House on the Beach!!! Family Neighborhood! On the West Coast

     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Bridgetown, this historic holiday home is steps from Windward Islands and Paradise Beach. Kensington Oval and Brownes Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Walmer Lodge Apartments CA $93
    Walmer Lodge Apartments

    Walmer Lodge Apartments

       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Bridgetown aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Windward Islands and Paradise Beach. Kensington Oval and Brownes Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Paradise Villas
      Paradise Villas

      Paradise Villas

      Paradise Villas, Paradise Drive, Black Rock, St Michael, Bridgetown, West Indies
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Windward Islands and Paradise Beach. Kensington Oval and Sandy Lane Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Beautiful One Bedroom Ocean View Gem
        Beautiful One Bedroom Ocean View Gem

        Beautiful One Bedroom Ocean View Gem

        Freshwater Bay Apartments, 6, Bridgetown, Christ Chruch
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on the beach, this romantic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Windward Islands and Brighton Beach. Kensington Oval and Brownes Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels - All Inclusive CA $684
          Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels - All Inclusive

          Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels - All Inclusive

          Prospect Bay Beach, Prospect, St. James
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Prospect, this beachfront resort is in a provincial park and within 1 mi (2 km) of Batts Rock Beach and Paradise Beach. Brighton Beach and Barbados Polo Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Breathtaking Beachfront Apartment - Free Wi-fi
            Breathtaking Beachfront Apartment - Free Wi-fi

            Breathtaking Beachfront Apartment - Free Wi-fi

            N Brighton Rd, Bridgetown, Saint Michael
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Bridgetown, this romantic apartment building is steps from Windward Islands and Paradise Beach. Kensington Oval and Brownes Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Private Steps Down to the Beach With Stunning Ocean Views
              Private Steps Down to the Beach With Stunning Ocean Views

              Private Steps Down to the Beach With Stunning Ocean Views

              Batts Rock, Prospect, Saint Michael
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the waterfront, this romantic holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Windward Islands and Paradise Beach. Kensington Oval and Sandy Lane Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Luxury Cliffside Bliss With Amazing Ocean Views - The Reef
                Luxury Cliffside Bliss With Amazing Ocean Views - The Reef

                Luxury Cliffside Bliss With Amazing Ocean Views - The Reef

                The Reef, Prospect, St. James
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the beach, this romantic villa is within a 15-minute walk of Windward Islands and Paradise Beach. Brighton Beach and Paynes Bay Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).