Holidays to Barbados aren’t just about the beach. This island also serves up first-class shopping, rum-fuelled nightlife and a bit of British flavour.
Caribbean with a British twist
On the surface, Barbados ticks off all the Caribbean clichés – white sands, bright-blue waters, coconut palms. But look closer and you’ll find this little island’s got a British slant to it. Think afternoon tea on the terrace, cricket matches on manicured greens, and elegant colonial houses.
More than just beaches
Barbados has some first-class beaches to its name, but the island’s best bits aren’t confined to the coast. Head inland and you’ll stumble across sugarcane fields, pastel-painted villages and roadside rum shops.
When it comes to places to stay, one of the biggies is Christ Church, on the south coast. It’s a pretty big parish, and within it you’ll find beach resorts like Maxwell, Hastings and Rockley, as well as St Lawrence Gap – the party capital of Barbados. This is the place to be after dark – it’s packed with rum bars, Bajan restaurants and dance-all-night clubs.
Over on the west coast is the parish of St James. The pristine, pearly white beaches on this side of the island have earned it the nickname the Platinum Coast. Shoppers should make a beeline for Holetown – it’s home to 3 malls bursting with clothes stores and big-name boutiques.
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The dinky resort of Maxwell lies on Barbados’ south coast, sandwiched between the fishing town of Oistins and party-hard St Lawrence Gap. It’s a low-key place – aside from the beach, there’s just a handful of hotels, a smattering of restaurants and a few stalls selling crafty bits and bobs.
You’ll spy St James on the west coast of Barbados. And it’s a good place to park up. The so-called Platinum Coast lives up to expectations, with a load of silver-sand beaches and swanky shopping malls. And this parish throws a golf course, a historic heavyweight and a couple of polo clubs into the ring, as well.
St Lawrence sits on Barbados’ south coast, and its Caribbean credentials are top-drawer. Dover Beach is a slab of ice-white sand, complete with watersports huts and snack-selling beach shacks. And, at St Lawrence Bay, you can pop on your snorkelling mask and explore the close-to-shore reef. The bright-blue water’s freckled with the rainbow tones of tropical fish.
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