The long stretch of secluded wave-lapped white sand at Crane Beach has been voted one of the 10 best beaches in the world.
Ideal for romantic strolls, the beach is overlooked by the statues and gardens of the ritzy Crane Resort, the first resort hotel to be built in Barbados.
Protected by rocky outcrops, the waters here are relatively calm and also ideal for bodysurfing.
The beach wasn’t named for birdlife; instead, the name is a historical reference to the cliff-top crane that once raised cargo from trading ships moored in the harbor.
Crane Beach is on the south-eastern coast of Barbados, 12 miles (21 km) east of Bridgetown.