Once you gaze out over the sparkling waters of Crane Beach at the never-ending vista of blues, it becomes obvious why Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous declared Crane Beach "One of the 10 Best Beaches in the World".
'Top 50 Places to Go Before You Die'...BBC’s Holiday Programme
'Top 25 Sexiest Beaches in the World'…The Travel Channel
'No. 23 in Top 100 Beaches in the World' ...CNN
'The Caribbean's 10 Best Hotel Villas' - 2013 ...Caribbean Journal
'Top 10 Beaches Worldwide' - 2013...Destinology
'Best Caribbean Beach' - 2015... USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice
For centuries, Crane Beach has been sought by both locals and visitors for its natural beauty and serenity. Pink, powder soft sand graces your feet, a lush coconut grove sways in the tropical breeze and a golden Caribbean sun help to make this the ultimate paradise – then there is the swimming.
Accessible by a staircase or a glass-front beach elevator (the only one of its kind in the Eastern Caribbean) and protected by a natural coral reef, Crane Beach boasts one of the best swimming venues on the island of Barbados. Besides being safe and having a gentle descent from shallow to deep, it's also soft on your feet as there are no sea urchins, stones or coral underneath.
Crane Beach’s playful waves are perfect for boogie boarding and body surfing.
The glass elevator down to the beach makes Crane Beach accessible to less agile guests
The Beach Hut provides umbrellas, sun loungers and replacement towels complimentary to all hotel guests
Beverages and light meals may be purchased and charged to rooms from The Grove Bar & Grill
There is 24hr security on Crane Beach and regular police patrols – note that for security purposes, the elevator and stairs are locked at sundown
Since Crane Beach is a public beach, a lifeguard is provided by the Barbados Government – note that the station is not manned daily and swimmers should exercise caution at all times
Beach users are advised to avoid swimming when the red flag is flying
Boogie boards are not provided by the hotel
In the 18th century it was considered improper for ladies to be seen bathing in public. Sea bathing, however, had become so popular that by 1769 at least one discreet bathing place had been constructed near The Crane. It was referred to as the "Horse" and was approached by steps cut into the sea cliff. The stairs to the "horse" can still be seen descending from the far side of the south of The Crane, much as they were in 1769.