Title: Barbados Popular Beaches
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There are more than 70 miles of beaches on the sun-swept isle of Barbados, and unlike other island resort destinations, all are open to the public – by law!

The coastlines are awash in pristine sand and surf; the water is crystal-clear and the sand might be white, pink or coral. So take a tour and pick your pleasure:

- Crane Beach on the southeast coast has been rated as one Barbados' most beautiful. Formerly a harbor, it gets its name from a large cliff-top crane once used to load and unload vessels. Coconut trees and vegetation adorn the cliff, and the beach is below The Crane Resort & Residences, a longtime favorite of honeymooning couples. Umbrellas and lounge chairs are available. Be careful with the kids in the water – it can get a bit rough.

- Sandy Lane beach on the western end is named for the luxury Sandy Lane Hotel. Known for its calm waters, Sandy Lane is an ideal spot for swimming. It’s also a favorite of celebrity watchers – the hotel is a preferred hangout for the rich and famous. Nearby Holetown offers restaurants and nightlife galore.

- Silver Rock Beach in the south is a popular destination for devotees of wind- and kite-surfing. There's also volleyball, and you might even enjoy a game of beach cricket. The nearby Silver Point Hotel is a popular lunch spot for sunbathers.

- Ju Ju's Beach on the west coast is a swimmer and snorkeler's paradise – including those who want to cavort with turtles near the reef. It's also home to Ju Ju's Beach Bar, a popular watering spot known for exquisite grilled fish.

- The west-coast Brighton Beach is known for its 'Hot Pot,' a natural pool where people congregate to meet new friends. The wide, white-sand beach itself boasts water in at least three shades of blue. Chairs and more can be rented at the Malibu Beach Club, and visitors can enjoy a tour of a rum distillery. The water is calm and the swimming divine, but beware of the occasional prickly sea urchin near the reefs.

Author: staff writer 2012-07-29