Good Shepherd Beach

Good Shepherd Beach is located on the beautiful West Coast of Barbados, in the parish of St. James, with Paynes Bay, Sandy Lane Bay and Holetown to the north, and Crystal Cove, Batts Rock Bay and Paradise Beach to the south. 


Often called the 'gold coast', Barbados' West Coast 'begins' right here at Good Shepherd Beach, named after the Good Shepherd Church situated on the waterfront.


A tiny romantic Barbados beach, Good Shepherd Beach is merely a narrow strip of exquisite white sand sloping down to crystal clear aquamarine waters. The warm water of the Caribbean Sea can be a little rocky here, but it is a very safe area for swimming and snorkeling, several intricate reefs at Good Shepherd Beach make perfect snorkelling locations. If you are lucky you might even see one of Barbados' fascinating native sea turtles pop its head out of the water for some air! Always make sure you are careful in the water or go accompanied though, as there is no lifeguard on duty here.


Good Shepherd Beach is a very serene, tranquil place, ideal for visitors who just want to relax with a good book in the shade, enjoy the refreshing sea and warm sun, but not do anything any more strenuous. It is also an excellent spot for a peaceful picnic - there are several picnic tables and shade from the trees lining the beach, and if you have forgotten anything there is a beach bar and a large supermarket at nearby Fitts Village Beach. Fitts Village Beach also has toilets and showers and, if you fancy a stroll along the esplanade, take a look at the small bandstand there that sometimes hosts entertainment events.


Good Shepherd Beach is ultimately a place to go to relax and unwind, to take some gentle exercise, and to watch the world go by, so don't go if you prefer something more lively. It attracts mostly local people but is also used by guests staying at villas in the area.




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