Location & History
Carlisle Bay is a crescent shaped bay and natural harbour on the west coast of Barbados. As the main harbour adjoining the capital city Bridgetown, Carlisle Bay was once full of merchant vessels, particularly those of the British. Today you'll find catamarans and luxury yachts anchored here.
Carlisle Bay is named after the Earl of Carlisle, James Hay, who was Lord Proprietor of Barbados in the 1600's. The bay lies in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want to stay close to this historic location and steps away from fun activities, consider a nearby accommodation for your Barbados vacation.
- With the beach at your backdoor Barbados Beach Cottages are poised to offer you an awesome vacation experience on one of the best beach in Barbados at an affordable price.
- Perfect for a romantic getaway or family adventure, Coconut Court sits minutes away from the beautiful Carlisle Bay. Enjoy a relaxed, friendly atmosphere at this award winning hotel.
- Experience a taste of Bajan culture and heritage at the Celebration of Rhythm Bajan Heritage Show. This spectacular show is held at Pirates Cove on the beautiful Carlisle Bay and features talented dancers, musicians & singers who tell the story of Barbados through music.
- Its lively atmosphere, coupled with a superb open-air beachfront location on the renown Carlisle Bay, makes Harbour Lights one of the most popular nightclubs in Barbados.
At Carlisle Bay, traditional fishing boats languidly coexist with modern catamarans and the super yachts of the rich and famous.
The marine park located at Carlisle Bay is a favourite spot for scuba diving and snorkeling. There are 6 shipwrecks in the bay, which attract an adundance of marine life such as tropical fish, sea horses, rays, octopus, turtles and eels. Wrecks range in depth from 12ft to 55ft.
The calm waters and soft sandy beaches of Carlisle Bay at Browne's Beach make this the perfect place for sunbathing and swimming.
At the northern end of Carlisle Bay is The Boatyard where you can enjoy watersports including sea trampoline and jetskis.
Diving the Wrecks of Carlisle Bay
Bordering Carlisle Bay is the Bay Street Esplanade. This beautifully landscaped area with an impressive bandstand is wonderfully located for watching the sun set. The Esplanade is a favourite gathering spot for locals after work.
- Toilets, showers & changing rooms
- Beach chair and umbrella rentals
Carlisle Bay Tours & Adventures
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