You get more than just first-class beaches on holidays to St James – this place also ticks off great nightlife and second-to-none shopping.
Tucked away on Barbados’ west coast, St James is a parish that pulls in the rich and glamorous, thanks to its white-sand beaches and posh beachfront mansions. Smack in the middle of the coast is Holetown, where you’ll find most of the action. It’s got a bit of history to it – back in the 1600s it was the first British settlement in Barbados. Nowadays, the town is one of the island’s biggest, offering up plenty in the way of shops, restaurants and Caribbean-style nightlife.
At Holetown Beach, the sands come soft and white, and they’re lapped by water that’s calm and great for swimming. It’s a popular place – with locals and tourists – and there’s plenty to keep you busy, from watersports to beach-side lunch spots.
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If shopping’s your bag, Holetown has 3 malls to choose from. West Coast Mall and Chattel Village are home to mid-range boutiques, while the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre is where you’ll find big-name stores like Gucci and Louis Vuitton. After dark, 1st and 2nd Streets are the place to be – they’re lined with bars and restaurants.
Barbados’ capital, Bridgetown, is 15 minutes’ drive down the coast. It’s packed with reminders of the past, and has recently clinched World Heritage Status. On the outskirts, you’ll find the Mount Gay Rum Distillery, where you can learn about the island’s most famous tipple.
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