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 Post subject: Top 10 Beaches of Barbados
PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 9:47 pm 
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Ok, here is something in which we all can participate - choosing the top 10 beaches of Barbados. Here are the criteria that Dr. Beach uses to come up with his annual list of America’s Top 10 Beaches - http://j.mp/ifl7Mm. Look them over, give us your thoughts. What are your criteria? What do you look for in a beach? Make your list of top 10 Barbados beaches.

Beach width at low tide
Beach material (cobble or sand?)
Beach stability (is it eroding?)
Sand softness
Water temperature
Air temperature (midday)
Number of sunny days
Amount of rain
Wind speeds
Size of breaking waves
Number of waves/width of breaker zone
Beach slope (underwater)
Longshore current (strength)
Rip currents
Color of sand
Tidal range
Beach shape (straight or pocket?)
Bathing area bottom conditions (rocky, muddy, or sandy?)
Turbidity
Water color
Floating/suspended human material (sewage, scum)
Algae in water amount
Red tide frequency
Smell (eg, seaweed, rotting fish)
Wildlife (eg, shore birds)
Pests (biting flies, ticks, mosquitoes)
Presence of sewarage/runoff outfall lines on/across the beach
Seaweed/jellyfish on the beach
Trash and litter (paper, plastics, nets, ropes, planks)
Oil and tar balls
Glass and rubble
Views and vistas – Local scene
Views and vistas - Far vista
Buildings/Urbanism
Access
Misfits (nuclear power station, offshore dumping)
Vegetation (nearby). Trees, sand dunes
Well-kept grounds/promenades or natural environment
Amenities (showers, chairs, bars, etc)
Lifeguards
Safety record (deaths)
Domestic animals (eg, dogs)
Noise (cars, nearby highways, trains)
Noise (eg, crowds, radios)
Presence of seawalls, riprap, concrete/rubble
Intensity of beach use
Off-road vehicles
Floatables in water (garbage, toilet paper)
Public safety (eg, pickpockets, crime)
Competition for free use of beach (eg, fishermen, boaters, water-skiers)

Please post your responses below or on any of the referring sites.

Click here - http://bit.ly/bb10bch - to see the rankings so far.

Also, if you have not done so already, click here - http://j.mp/joinsmb - to support the effort to save the beaches in the Mullins Bay area.

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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 Beaches of Barbados
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 7:18 am 
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I like to look for a nice wide beach with soft white sand, clean in the water and on the beach (ie - no garbage),hopefully no flies & mozzies, quiet (ish), the bathing area to be sandy and a nice turquiose colour, shade if needed, amenities a must and public safety.


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 Beaches of Barbados
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 11:07 am 
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So, Bret, what's your top 10 list of beaches in Barbados that meet your criteria?

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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 Beaches of Barbados
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My perfect beach would include fine soft sand, calm water or gentle waves, facing west for great sunsets, easy access to snorkelling from shore, shady areas, easy entry into the water with minimal rocks/coral, picnic tables or loungers, access to food and washrooms, a mix of locals/tourists without being too crowded and easy access by public transit.

1- Folkestone
2- Turtle Beach/Road View
3- Carlisle
4- Heywoods
5- Gibbes
6- Rockley
7- Miami
8- Mullins

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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 Beaches of Barbados
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 2:18 pm 
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Sandy Bay
Dover
Miami
White Sands
Rockley
Maxwell
Gibbes
Carlisle


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 Beaches of Barbados
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 2:48 pm 
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Psssst Brett - Gibbes and Carlisle are on the west coast :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 Beaches of Barbados
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 3:06 pm 
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Sorry Frank my knowledge of the island is not good enough to say which 10 beaches I like and why, therefore here are my five favourite beaches :-

Gibbses - perfeft sandy beach with warm tranquil water, good snorkelling and never crowded.
Cobblers Cove beach - soft sand, perfect for snorkelling and swimming, nearly always deserted
Mullins Beach - nice beach for people watching and having lunch/dinner - water sports
Paynes Beach - nice beach for walking along the sea shore
Crane Beach - pretty beach, good for having fun in the surf


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 Beaches of Barbados
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 4:41 pm 
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I like natural, sandy and uncrowded beaches. Here is my top 10:

1 - Gibbes Beach

2 - Mullins Beach

3 - Turtle Beach/Upper Road View

4 - Long Beach

5 - Bottom Bay

6 - Crane Beach

7 - Foul Bay

8 - Brandons Beach

9 - Sandy Lane

10 - Monty Beach/Upper Road View

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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 Beaches of Barbados
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:09 am 
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Frankie, is Turtle Beach on Upper Road view near Cobblers Cove ?


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 Beaches of Barbados
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:10 am 
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Suew - i class Carlisle bay as the South, but whatever it is a nice beach..i do know Gibbes is West as you well know because we visited Lesley there and must admit it was a nice quiet place.

Frank i know you obviously prefer the West to the South but you must visit White Sands beach one day (if you already haven't), it is extremely quiet, has natural soft white sand and not many tourists know it's location because it is set back from the road.


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 Beaches of Barbados
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:57 am 
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I have not yet visited all the beaches in Barbados, but here are my favorites so far,
1. Gibbes Beach
2. Carlisle Bay
3. Accra/Rockley Beach
4. Worthing Beach
5. Mullins Beach
I have been to other very beautiful beaches, some more isolated, but unfortunately don't know the names of them all!


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 Beaches of Barbados
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:37 am 
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SUE wrote:
Frankie, is Turtle Beach on Upper Road view near Cobblers Cove ?


Turtle Beach is the little beach behind my place and The Great House. As with most recent changes in beach names in Barbados, the name is associated with the tourism development in the area. The Great House's official name is "The Great House At Turtle Beach." As a kid we just called it Road View Beach or "Upper" to distinguish it from "Lower" - the beach now behind St. Peter's Bay. Another trick to understanding the Upper/Lower thing is that although Lower is north of Upper - to folks in the north of Barbados the capital, Bridgetown (even though south) is always "up" - never "down." Hope you aren't totally confused now. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 Beaches of Barbados
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brettski8 wrote:
...Frank i know you obviously prefer the West to the South but you must visit White Sands beach one day (if you already haven't), it is extremely quiet, has natural soft white sand and not many tourists know it's location because it is set back from the road.


I haven't gone there in ages, so I suppose a visit is in order. My little pet-peeve with south coast beaches, however, is that they are always choppy - not that there is anything wrong with that... :roll: :roll: :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 Beaches of Barbados
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KNRX wrote:
SUE wrote:
Frankie, is Turtle Beach on Upper Road view near Cobblers Cove ?


Turtle Beach is the little beach behind my place and The Great House. As with most recent changes in beach names in Barbados, the name is associated with the tourism development in the area. The Great House's official name is "The Great House At Turtle Beach." As a kid we just called it Road View Beach or "Upper" to distinguish it from "Lower" - the beach now behind St. Peter's Bay. Another trick to understanding the Upper/Lower thing is that although Lower is north of Upper - to folks in the north of Barbados the capital, Bridgetown (even though south) is always "up" - never "down." Hope you aren't totally confused now. :lol: :lol: :lol:



That's as clear as mud - thanks Frank :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 Beaches of Barbados
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:18 am 
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I couldn't manage 10 as I dont know the island well enough, but here are my favourites:

1. Miami/Enterprise
2. Crane
3. Rockley/Accra
4. Maxwell
5. Silver Sands
6. Sandy Lane
7. Gibbes
8. Foul Bay

They are in no particular order and I like them for various different reasons, some are good for swimming and snorkelling, some are busy, some quiet and some are just stunning locations.


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