The south coast of Barbados is the perfect choice for travelers who want to be close to fun surf spots, exciting nightlife, tasty restaurants, and gorgeous beaches. I stay on the south coast whenever I visit Barbados because I love the laid-back, welcoming atmosphere.
You can catch waves at Freights, go for a swim at Carlisle Bay, walk along the south coast boardwalk, and check out the famous Oistins Friday Night Fish Fry, all within a few ZR public transit stops. To me, the south coast feels like home.
In this guide, I’ll cover some of the best south coast Barbados hotels and resorts to help you plan a fantastic stay.
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My Top 4 Places To Stay on the South Coast of Barbados
Like I mentioned above, I’m a big fan of staying on the south coast. If I were to book a trip right now, these would be my top four picks.
South Gap Hotel: This hotel is super centrally located in St. Lawrence Gap and you can’t beat the outdoor pool deck. All the rooms are updated with a kitchenette and ocean-facing balcony. I’d book this if I wanted to be in the center of the action.
Little Arches Boutique Hotel: Little Arches is a charming little adults-only hotel in a prime location. It’s an easy walking distance to Freights Bay (surfing), Miami Beach (swimming), and the Oistins Fish Fry (eating). I’d book this if I wanted a romantic, low-key getaway.
Beach View Cottage: A classic Bajan beach house just steps from soft white sand beaches. I’d book this beach house for a longer stay or if I was traveling with family. Imagine waking up every morning and drinking coffee on veranda while watching the sunrise over the ocean!
The Crane Resort: The Crane is a great choice for relaxation and getting away from it all. It’s a bit remote compared to the other options on this list, so I would probably book the Crane for the first 2-3 nights of my vacation to unwind and chill by the pool, then move to a different hotel in Oistins, Maxwell, St. Lawrence Gap, or Worthing for the rest of my trip.
That said, there are so many amazing south coast Barbados hotels to choose from. You can’t go wrong with any of these 16 resorts, hotels, and apartments, so let’s dive in.
Best All-Inclusive Resorts on the South Coast of Barbados
Sea Breeze Beach House | Book Now
Sea Breeze Beach House is a luxurious all-inclusive resort with six restaurants, five bars, and tons of resort amenities. The resort is set directly on a white-sand beach, and there are also three pools and jacuzzis for a mid-day dip. Non-motorized water sports rentals (like paddle boards, kayaks, and surfboards) are included, and there’s also a spa and fitness center. If you need a break from the sun, Sea Breeze Beach House offers free classes and activities, like yoga, aqua aerobics, wine tastings, rum tastings, mixology lessons, and bingo.
O2 Beach Club and Spa | Book Now
O2 Beach Club and Spa Barbados is a 5-star luxury all-inclusive resort with three pools, two swim-up bars, and an adults-only river pool. Water sports equipment is included so you can spend your days exploring the crystal-clear water, and there’s also a gym, spa, and activity calendar. Combine that with five resort restaurants and luxurious rooms, and you’ll be in for the upscale holiday of a lifetime.
Sugar Bay Barbados | Book Now
Sugar Bay Barbados is an all-inclusive resort located just outside Bridgetown near the Garrison Historic Area (a UNESCO world heritage site). There are five all-inclusive bars and six restaurants at Sugar Bay. You also get complimentary water activities like kayaking and snorkeling and access to two swimming pools, a fitness center, and an amazing stretch of white-sand beach. Sugar Bay is only a short distance from the south coast boardwalk — a great place for restaurants, bars, and watching the sunset.
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Sandals Barbados | Book Now
Sandals Barbados is an adults-only resort in St. Lawrence Gap and it’s an excellent choice for a truly all-inclusive experience. You’ll have access to twenty-one restaurants, dozens of bars, daily entertainment, and even PADI-certified SCUBA diving – all included. It’s right next door to Sandals Royal Barbados, and you can use the amenities at both properties for even more variety. Not to mention the spacious accommodations with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea.
Sandals Royal Barbados | Book Now
Sandals Royal Barbados is another high-end resort located next door to Sandals Barbados. You can stay at either one of these luxurious south coast hotels and use the pools, restaurants, bars, and activities of both. Sandals Royal Barbados is unique because it has a 4-lane bowling alley and a rooftop pool and bar area. They also have extravagant rooms and suites, some of which have private pools.
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Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels | Book Now
Turtle Beach Barbados is an all-inclusive resort tucked between Maxwell Beach and Dover Beach near the lively St. Lawrence Gap. This family-friendly resort is right on the beach and includes non-motorized water sports, activities like dance lessons and cooking classes, and three resort restaurants. A big perk of staying at Turtle Beach is that you also get to use the restaurants and amenities at Elegant Hotels’ sister properties around the island – it’s like getting several resorts in one!
Boutique South Coast Barbados Hotels
Little Arches Boutique Hotel | Book Now
If you’re looking for a romantic, adults-only getaway in Barbados, check out Little Arches Boutique Hotel. This stylish property is located in Oistins near Miami/Enterprise Beach and guests can enjoy a tranquil pool and sun terrace with panoramic ocean views. Little Arches Boutique Hotel is also home to Cafe Luna, one of the best places to eat in Oistins for a special occasion.
South Gap Hotel | Book Now
South Gap Hotel is one of my favorite hotels in Barbados and it’s located right on the water in the heart of St. Lawrence Gap. All rooms have a modern feel with incredible sea views, balconies, and kitchenettes. The highlight of South Gap Hotel is definitely the pool deck where you can relax in a sun lounger, go for a dip, and watch the waves. This hotel is also located in an area known for having some of the best nightlife and restaurants in Barbados, so there’s plenty to do just outside your doorstep.
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Family-Friendly Hotels and Resorts on the South Coast
The Crane Resort | Book Now
The Crane Resort is a beautiful historic resort located in St. Philip overlooking Crane Beach. There are several elaborate pools, soaring palm trees, and six onsite restaurants. You’ll also get easy access to amenities at Crane Beach, a famous pink-sand beach on the southern coast of Barbados. The rooms are giant and all come with a jacuzzi tub and kitchenette. There are also suites with multiple bedrooms, full kitchens, private pools, and plunge pools.
One thing to keep in mind is that The Crane is a bit more remote than the other accommodation options on this list. I recommend renting a car if you want to travel around and do some sight seeing. In the past, we booked The Crane for the first few days of our trip to unwind, then we moved to a different spot closer to town so we’d have easier access to restaurants, bars, groceries, and different beaches. That said, The Crane is an excellent place to get away from it all and you’ll have everything you need on the property if you just want to relax with incredible sea views.
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Bougainvillea Resort | Book Now
Bougainvillea Resort is located right on Maxwell Beach, one of the best beaches on the island. There are three pools and lush tropical gardens, giving this resort a private and secluded ambiance. There’s a spa, game room, and fitness center, and guests can also rent kayaks, paddle boards, and snorkel equipment to go exploring.
Related Post: Bougainvillea Resort Barbados Review
Butterfly Beach Hotel | Book Now
Butterfly Beach Hotel is a cozy, family-friendly hotel located right on the water near Maxwell Beach. You can book standard hotel rooms as well as studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom suites that have a kitchenette for extra space. There’s also a beachfront restaurant, two swimming pools, and three whirlpools where you can cool off after a day in the sun. Some friends of ours stayed here on a recent trip and gave it great reviews.
Hilton Barbados Resort | Book Now
Hilton Barbados is a large resort located next to Carlisle Bay and Needham’s Point. The Hilton has a beautiful beach and pool area with sun loungers and a beach bar. There are several bars and restaurants onsite, plus you’re just a short walk to the beginning of the south coast boardwalk. The Hilton also has tennis courts, a spa, a fitness center, and free parking.
Raddison Aquatica Barbados | Book Now
If you love the beach, it’s hard to beat the location of the Raddison Aquatica Barbados. While the hotel itself is a bit older, it sits in an ideal location between Pebbles Beach (one of my all-time favorites) and Carlisle Bay. Carlisle Bay the ideal choice for spending a day sunbathing, swimming with sea turtles, or snorkeling since there are several shipwrecks and the water is so clear that you can see them in detail. Make sure to book a sea-view room so you can see the racehorses going for their morning swim at Pebbles Beach!
Best Apartments and Rentals on the Barbados South Coast
White Sands Beach Condos | Book Now
At the White Sands Beach Condos in Barbados, you can be close to the action of St. Lawrence Gap but still have the space and privacy of your own apartment. There are one and two-bedroom units with air conditioning and a shared pool, as well as an amazing three-bedroom penthouse with a private plunge pool.
Beach View Cottage | Book Now
The Beach View Cottage Barbados is my dream beach house! This charming little turquoise house is just steps from a white-sand beach with a large wrap-around porch. There are three cozy bedrooms and plenty of space for a family or a get-together with loved ones.
Red Door Condos | Book Now
We stayed at the Red Door Condos (or Vale View Residences) on our most recent trip to Barbados and it was wonderful. It’s a great little apartment if you want a kitchen and some space to spread out, and we thought it was a good value for the price.
The WiFi was solid and the air-conditioning worked well in the bedrooms. We had a great view of the turquoise waters from the front patio and the apartment was just a short walk down to Oistins. (But fair warning, this apartment is dangerously close to delicious food at the Oistins Fish Fry, Cafe Luna, and Surfers Cafe. You might never want to leave!)
Check prices and availability for the Red Door Condos. The building has a few units on Airbnb. Click the host’s picture to see more options.
No matter what you choose, you’re in for a fabulous vacation on the south coast of Barbados. Keep reading to learn more about other parts of the island and things to do while visiting.