3 Great Paddling Spots In Barbados

  • By Terence C. Ashby
  • 29 Nov, 2017
Barbados doesn’t always get the credit it deserves as one of the more diverse Caribbean islands, in terms of terrain and attractions. There are rocky and sandy coasts, small towns and resorts, and more remote areas for exploration. It’s a small island, but one that’s a real treat to visit, should you ever get the chance. Plus, as with most Caribbean islands, it’s full of excellent places to go paddling! We’ll highlight three of them below.

1 – Bath Beach:

Bath Beach is located on the island’s East Coast, just north of the Coach Hill area. While there are some beaches around the island that are known particularly for surfing, Bath is recommended to surfers and SUP enthusiasts alike, which is a somewhat unusual. There are certainly calmer waters along this beach however, such that much of the summer makes it a nice, relaxing place to try your hand at paddling. In fact, a guide to the area claims that the very name “Bath Beach” comes from the fact that this beach provides one of the safest places for swimming (and by extension SUP) on the East Coast . This is thanks to the waters closest to shore being protected by coral reefs.
It’s also a particularly easygoing area for a day of activity. The same guide that discussed the reason for the beach’s name pointed out that there’s a large car park by the beach, as well as that there are several drink and snack vendors right on the shore. This makes it easy to stop by the beach for a full day, paddling in the morning, stopping for lunch, and getting back out on the water for the afternoon.

2 – Rockley Beach:

“Rockley” is something of a misnomer, because this is one of the most pristine and beautiful beaches in Barbados . In the Hastings area on the South Coast, it’s like a classic postcard image of the Caribbean, complete with transparent turquoise waters that you can paddle over to your heart’s content. The surf here is fairly tame, which makes it a relaxing experience.

The area is also known for perhaps the best beach bar in the Caribbean, which makes for a nice stop after paddling . When we hear the word “Tiki,” most of us think of Polynesian islands, or else silly island-themed gimmicks. Tiki torches have become popular products the world over, for instance, and Tiki masks are so representative of general island culture they’ve even been used to establish themes for everything from restaurants to video games. “Tiki Paradise” is one of the better-known slot arcades online , among other sites and putting forth a basic tropical beach theme. But the idea of a Tiki theme doesn’t have to be tacky or cheesy – at Rockley, this culture is embraced in a very genuine way at Tiki Bar, an open, awesome beach bar and restaurant complete with its own beach chairs. It’s about the best place you could imagine after a day on the water.

3 – Sandy Lane Beach:

Sandy Lane Beach is on the West Coast on the Caribbean Sea, which is also known as the Platinum Coast. This is generally a slightly more upscale area, where you’ll find some very nice resorts and local neighborhoods. It’s also where you’ll find perhaps the calmest waters on the island, however, which makes it excellent for paddling – particularly for beginners. As a matter of fact, the entirety of the Platinum Coast is generally viewed as a good location for SUP , but we’re singling out Sandy Lane as a nice, quiet beach.

Ultimately, this area might be best if you’re looking to have a more luxurious stay in Barbados and perhaps enjoy a few additional activities while you’re there. That’s not to say other beaches and areas don’t have plenty of things for you to do, but the Platinum Coast has it all. The area is full of glitz and glamor, as Tropical Sky  put it, with beautiful resorts, sailing and catamaran opportunities, and fine restaurants. Given how generally relaxing SUP can be, it might be worth considering making it part of a trip that includes some of these high-end activities and attractions.

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By Ozzy & Fanny 15 Jan, 2018

For 2018, we have decided to improve again our service and give it some good tastes. We now offer a wonderful picnic box for your day at Pinel Island to take on board your kayak or your paddle board! And you want to know what's the best part of it? This is:

  • French 
  • Fresh 
  • Homemade          …and…….
  • Eco-friendly !!!

A pretty good combo, right? We put it together for you in the morning of your rental and give it to you directly at the shop, right before you paddle out to Pinel Island for the day. The bamboo style looking of the cooler and the packaging of all the surprises inside will make you want to eat it before “it’s time”. You will see ;-)

And just to be sure to make your mouth watering about it, let us describe the menu: 

By Mélanie 14 Dec, 2017

Qui n'a jamais rêvé de s'envoler vers les Caraïbes ? Cette destination abonde d'archipel et d'îles tropicales propices aux vacances. À l'instar de Saint-Martin, une île caribéenne dont une partie est un territoire français et l'autre néerlandais. L'avantage de se rendre dans ce genre d'endroit est que vous serez à plus de 6000 kilomètres de la métropole, pourtant vous serez toujours en territoire français. Et en plus, ce ne sont pas les activités qui y manquent. En ce sens, n'hésitez pas à passer quelque temps à Saint-Martin pour vous évader et passer de bons moments de détente.

By Chris Cole 13 Dec, 2017

There is a debate about which is more fun to use. A standup paddleboard or a sit-on kayak. Each brings their own benefits, yet there are times when a sit-on kayak edges in front of a paddle board. Here are five reasons why it does just that.

By Terence C. Ashby 29 Nov, 2017
Barbados doesn’t always get the credit it deserves as one of the more diverse Caribbean islands, in terms of terrain and attractions. There are rocky and sandy coasts, small towns and resorts, and more remote areas for exploration. It’s a small island, but one that’s a real treat to visit, should you ever get the chance. Plus, as with most Caribbean islands, it’s full of excellent places to go paddling! We’ll highlight three of them below.
By Laura 18 Nov, 2017

So, you’ve taken up the sport of paddleboarding, and you're wondering how to optimize your experience on the water with the essential gear. You're ready to hit your local lake, beach or river, but what should you bring in your paddling excursion? Now, depending on how long you intend your paddle adventure to last, you can always slip into the water with just your board, paddle and bathing suit. It's common to have less gear with you for a quick paddle session, or when sharing a board with the family on a beach day. But if you plan on being out on the water for more than twenty minutes, here are five essential tips for beginner paddleboarders to keep in mind.

By Mélanie 18 Nov, 2017
Si vous envisagez de partir en voyage dans les Caraïbes , de nombreuses îles sont alors toutes aussi intéressantes les unes que les autres comme destination de vacances. Quitte à en choisir, pourquoi ne pas opter pour l'une de celles qui sont considérées parmi les plus belles d'entre elles ? Vous aurez d'ailleurs l'embarras du choix, mais voici quelques-unes des îles parmi les plus prisées des voyageurs pour leur beauté et surtout de leurs atouts indéniables en tant que destinations balnéaires.
By Ozzy 06 Aug, 2017

Pinel Island is a well known destination for snorkeling but once you get there, it's not obvious to find the best spot. Whether you get there by kayak, paddle board or ferry, you need to take that opportunity to discover and explore the underwater world..! With its flat waters and its little to no current, the bay of Cul-de-Sac is one of the most accessible place for snorkeling, even for small kids and beginners.

So here are our top 3 recommendations:

  • Our number one spot is located at Little Key, which is the island before Pinel Island. Once on the tiny deserted beach, you can either start on the left or on the right of the beach. The left side will make you follow the shallow waters before the point of the island. That spot is interesting because of its easy access and its calm waters. All you have to do is to follow the underwater reef until the point, then you can come back (or try to find the numerous sea turtles) or keep snorkeling around the island.
By Ozzy & Fanny 05 Jul, 2017

Living in Saint-Martin has many assets to offer. And one of them is that we have Islands closed by to travel to in no time, either for a day trip or for the week end. An Island Hoping paradise for everybody: the locals and the visitors! 

Anguilla is the British Island located at the North of Saint-Martin, less than 4 miles away. It is famous for its beautiful beaches and its crystal clear water. This is the perfect Island for a relaxing getaway (beach, snorkeling, water activities…) since besides the magnificent coast, there is not much to do over there. 

Saba is located at the South West of Sint-Marteen and belongs to the Dutch. It is actually the highest land of Netherland! The landscape is the opposite from Anguilla’s (which is absolutely flat) and the particularity of this island is… It is a beachless Caribbean Island. How incredible, right? But no worries, you still have a lot to do over there, mostly sportive activities! Basically, Saba is well known for its beautiful hikes in the mountain with thousands of different plants & amazing deep dives with colorful reefs. This is a great alternative from the “beach style” vacations that most of the Caribbean Islands usually offer.

And the last, but not the least: Saint-Barth . We are sure that you have already heard of it, isn’t it? ☺ Saint-Barth is located at the west of Saint-Martin, and is accessible either by ferry (30 minutes of ferry ride), by charter plane (12 minutes of flight), with a helicopter (10 minutes of flight) or by private boat. This island is a pure gem! Famous to be the destination for the famous and rich people, this French island has everything to satisfy everybody’s tastes (but still pricey)! Hilly landscapes with amazing point of views of the deep blue & turquoise Caribbean sea, white sand beaches, great shopping (!!), 5 stars resorts or charming casual ones, gastronomic restaurants, hikes on the wild side, natural pools… And of course, all the water activities you can think of!

By Ozzy 16 Jun, 2017

Are you thinking of going to Pinel Island during your stay on Saint-Martin?

First, this is definitely a great idea that should be at the top of your “to do list”. Pinel is a must see, and spend the day over there is a guarantee of an unforgettable experience. 

Second, there is nothing easier! 

In Cul de Sac ferry station, the boats are departing everyday (except if the weather condition does not allow it) and at a very frequent times: every 30 minutes.

Basically, during high season, the ferries run from Monday through Sunday, from 9h30am until 5:00pm (same opening hours as Caribbean Paddling all year long ;)). During low season, the last ferry back from Pinel Island leaves at 4:00pm and you’d better not miss it if you do not want to spend the night with our favorite iguanas!

To sum up, in low season, renting your gear through us to spend the day on Pinel gives you an extra hour in P.A.R.A.D.I.S.E.

More time to enjoy the sun, the white sand beaches, the turquoise water, some snorkelling & paddling in the bay, and why not one last homemade cocktail? ;)

You will find bellow the ferry schedule to go to Pinel Island, according to the time of the year you will be visiting our friendly island. 

By Ozzy 12 Jun, 2017
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