Conde Nast Traveler publisher chides Barbados Coastal Zone Management for disappearing beach

Disappearing Mullins Beach

“Now, there are only impassable boulders, sea walls, and crashing surf.”

One of the world’s most respected travel magazine publishers has posted an online article about the disappeared beach at Mullins Bay, Barbados. The article also includes a photo that is a little different than typically shown in Barbados travel brochures. Instead of the vast expanse of sand still shown in those glossy advertisements for package deals, the photo shows the truth: rocks, little sand and trees about to fall into the water. The beach is gone.

“On the island’s northwest coast, sunbathers used to be able to walk from the popular beach bar on Mullins Beach north for several miles up the sandy shore. Now, there are only impassable boulders, sea walls, and crashing surf.”

The article also tells the story of how Coastal Zone Management approved the construction of three stone groins at St. Peter’s Bay, a new condominium development a quarter mile north of Mullins Beach, saying “the structures have sapped the adjacent shoreline of sand.”

The author also quotes the widely read Mullins Bay blog concludes the piece with this advice…

“Rising sea levels and severe storms certainly play a role, but to protect its shoreline, Barbados also needs to balance the demands of development and preservation.”

You can read the entire article at the Conde Nast website

Last-Chance Beaches: Mullins Bay, Barbados by Peter J. Frank

From the Conde Nast publishers website…

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6 responses to “Conde Nast Traveler publisher chides Barbados Coastal Zone Management for disappearing beach

  1. Fireman

    After the severe erosion at Mullins the beach returned to a pretty good width.

  2. The Oracle

    Invariably whenever the issue of beach erosion at Mullins is raised somebody points to how many cushioned loungers you can fit in front of the beach bar and how many umbrella drinks you can serve to the people sprawled out on them … as if that were the problem. At least Conde Nast doesn’t think so and it is telling its discerning readers. Hello, power of the Internet! The whole world is now watching what we do with our coasts. We can no longer fool people with a few glossy pictures in a brochure.

  3. Its disgusting.. I mean beach at Mullins Bay is natural property we have to keep caring.

  4. @ Oracle

    Tourists who come to Barbados having seen the glossy advertisements will soon also see the litter at the beaches, in the streets, in the gullys, parking lots etc. Take your garbage home with you and dispose of it properly. Why are take out lunches still sold in styrofoam containers and why do drivers think it’s okay to throw them out of the car windows?

  5. forestflower

    They will also see the unpleasant treatment by
    beach boys on the west coast. They pushed a beach
    chair into my leg and injured me, attacked a friend and nothing is done but slowly the world is viewing Barbados with a critical eye. Just go and sit on Paynes bay when hundreds of cruise ship tourists are packed
    into a small area and listen to the vile language used by the beach chair vendors,
    even in front of children. Also the dangerous buses
    being driven like kids on a race track are terrorising tourists. Dont let a minority spoil a beautiful island….

  6. HM

    The boulders on the beaches are really unsightly.

    The island’s beaches are not as nice as they used to be. When I was a child the beaches were absolutely beautiful and full of sea-shells.

    I also do not know why Barbadians are allowing outsiders to fence off the public beaches!