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Accra Beach is for those who like a little hubbub with their sand and sea. Barbados has plenty of secluded coves on which to get your Robinson Crusoe fix, but sometimes you want a few comforts and conveniences on hand and don’t mind sharing the beach bliss with others. Accra (also known as Rockley) Beach has just about everything you could ever need to make for a fun filled day in the sun, and that’s why it’s so popular with locals and tourists, families and friends, young and old.
This beautiful bay is fringed with tall casuarina, sea grape and coconut trees, providing a welcome zone of shade at the back. The sugary pink-tinged sand beckons for a shoreline stroll, a Frisbee toss or some sandcastle sculpting. Moderate wave action is ideal for bobbing and body boarding, but a rock-sheltered lagoon at the southern tip of the beach offers a protected paddling pool for young children. For added reassurance, lifeguards are on duty and post cautionary flags when currents are strong. Jet skis and other water sports are available, but don’t worry, there isn’t a constant drone of motorized equipment zipping along the waters.
You’ll have no problem hiring beach chairs and umbrellas, but you won’t be hassled by aggressive vendors. They’re a pretty laid back bunch, there to help if you need something but will leave you alone if you don’t. If you need some beachy retail therapy, you’ll find a cluster of brightly coloured kiosks selling food, drink, clothing, crafts, jewelry and souvenirs near the parking lot behind the beach.
There are lots of other casual food options in the vicinity for an easy picnic to-go or sit down break from the beach. Try Just Grillin’ at the Quayside complex across the road, where you can also find Mexican, Chinese, pizza, pastries, gourmet coffee and, not to be missed, Chilly Moos ice cream shop. Nearby Chefette has local fast food favourites plus an indoor playground for the kids. Just up the road is Bert’s, a relaxed sports bar/family restaurant with good wood-fired pizzas. Right on the beach is the Tiki Bar, which offers finger food and an extensive menu of tropical drinks to wash it down with. Rent chairs here and you’ll get a credit for the bar/restaurant.
One of the best features of this beach is its access to the South Coast Boardwalk, found just past the Accra Beach Hotel. In the relative cool of dawn and dusk, this promenade is filled with joggers and walkers, but any time of day is good for a sunny seaside amble. It’s a pleasant way to avoid the bustle of traffic as you saunter up the lively coast. Other eateries such as Tapas, Blakey’s and the food court at Lantern’s Mall are an easy stroll away via this boardwalk.
So if you crave an active beach with a variety of food, facilities and people watching opportunities, Accra/Rockley, centrally located on the south coast of Christ Church, is the beach for you.