Sand Overview

Barbados beaches are characterized by uniform fine white sand with a sprinkling of pink and red sand grains.

Located in the southeastern Caribbean Sea, the Barbados coral beaches of fine white sand stretch across the blue-green sea.


Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, in the Caribbean region of the Americas, and the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands. It lies on the boundary of the South American and the Caribbean Plates.

Microscopic View

Pink and red fragments of marine organisms stand out in contrast to white and off-white bits of worn shell and calcareous algae.

Higher magnification of the sample above.

In this high magnification of 1 a pink foraminifera with distinctly visible chambers is present to the left of an elongated red and tan spicule of a marine shell in the center of the image. The dark red fragment just to the right of center is likely a fragment of Homotrema rubra. Other fragments are bits of worn coral and calcareous algae.

Red Homotrema sp foraminifera, larger white chunks of worn coral with evidence of bioerosion, and various other fragments of calcareous algae are present in this sample.

Higher magnification of the sample above.