Bathsheba, an ideal destination for a tranquil retreat

Bathsheba Beach

Those who are looking for an ideal place to spend their holidays with a quite atmosphere and a bit of adventure can opt for Bathsheba beaches in Barbados.  As per the legend popular among the locals, Bathsheba was the name of King David’ wife, who bathed in milk to keep her skin attractive and soft. The beach is said to be rich with mineral and cascading white surf in this area resembles Bathsheba’s bath in appearance and health benefits. The beach is a great place to surf, with steady big rollers coasting in across the Atlantic Ocean.

Bathsheba at the Bath: Painting by Sebastiano Ricci

The beach is breathtakingly beautiful with wide white sand coastline stretch along a stagy array of rock formations against which the waves cascades of foam. Rock formations broken away from ancient coral reef would look like huge boulders washed up on the beach.

Bathsheba is the main fishing village in the parish of Saint Joseph with some 5,000 inhabitants on the east coastline of Barbados. Along the coast are guest houses, local rum shops and restaurants. It is a hideaway for discerning tourists who frequently weekend here in their seaside cottages along the shore.

Bathsheba Seaside Pools

The mystical village of Bathsheba itself has several quaint churches, while other nearby attractions include the Barbados Flower Forest, the tropical Andromeda Botanical Gardens, picturesque Tent Bay and the Cotton Tower Signal Station which is famous for its inspiring scenery and panoramic views of Barbados’ Scotland District. Here you will also find Mount Hillaby which, at 340 metres above sea level, is the highest elevation in Barbados.

Bathsheba pools are famous among leisure tourists. Soaking in the shallow inshore pools on a hot summer day is a favorite cool off for the many local Bajans who come here for weekends and vacation days.

Surfing at the Beach

The pools are carved out of the inshore coral reef and are a few feet away from the sandy shore. They are several feet deep and you can sit in them enjoying a drink while the surf splashed in, swirling the water around in nature’s own whirlpool.

Tourist should take utmost care when try swimming in Bathsheba as there are dangerous rip tides and undertows. Similarly walking into the ocean over the flat coral reef also can be risky, as incoming waves can pull you in to the sea with their strong undertow. This is a place to tread carefully, to look and wonder with respect at the mighty forces of nature.

Barbados is an island country located at the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, in the Caribbean region of North America.