Always obey the instructions of the lifeguards. Not all beaches in Barbados have lifeguards, so use our handy beach guide to find a suitable beach, especially if you are not a confident swimmer.
Do not touch the fruit, leaves or bark of the manchineel tree, as it causes blistering of the skin. These trees are typically marked with a red band around the trunk.
If a red flag is flying on the beach, no swimming is allowed, stay out of the water. If a yellow flag is flying, be cautious as swimming conditions are considered risky.
When snorkelling, do not break coral off the reefs. This is illegal in Barbados.
There are strong currents on the east and north coasts of the island. Look out for warning signs in those areas; stay within natural ocean pools; or stick to the calmer west and south coasts for swimming. But be sure to visit the east and north for stunning scenery, awesome waves, and beach walks.
Don't drink alcohol and swim.
Do not dive into shallow water.
Always swim in line with the shore.
Never swim alone.
Follow safety instructions when engaging in watersports.
Do not loiter in front of the lifeguard towers. Lifeguards need to have direct and quick access during emergencies.
Don't carry valuables to the beach. Travelling alone? Head to one of the beach clubs on Carlisle Bay and rent a locker to store your stuff for the day.
Apply sunscreen before you hit the beach; and re-apply after swimming. Sunglasses and hats/caps give additional protection.
Remember to dispose of garbage in bins provided, or take it with you back to your accommodation for disposal. Let's keep Barbados' beaches beautiful.
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