Crane Beach was rated by Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous as one of the top ten beaches in the world.
Originally a harbour, it got its name from a crane that was used to load and unload ships.
“As a general rule, the waters of the Atlantic, which wash up against the eastern side of Barbados, are more turbulent than those of the Caribbean, which lap against the western side of the island. Since Crane Beach is located on the southeast coast, it is subject to the Atlantic. However, a coral reef protects Crane Beach from the full force of the Atlantic. Consequently, while big waves roll onto the beach and there is a current, people do go into the water here. These conditions also make the beach popular with boogie board and body surfing enthusiasts” beyondships3.