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.
Rockley is a quiet, laid-back patch on the island’s south coast. It’s a more residential neighbourhood than some of the other south coast spots, so you’ll get a taste of Bajan life – especially on weekends, when the locals make a beeline for Rockley Beach.
This place is a million miles from its British namesake. Instead of a pier and pebbles, you’ve got a long stretch of powdery white sand. Other than that, Worthing keeps a small beach town vibe, with just one streets’ worth of bars-come-restaurants. Its nearest neighbour is more up-tempo St Lawrence Gap, and capital Bridegetown is a 15-minute taxi ride away.
You’ll find this place at the southern end of teardrop-shaped Barbados, with bar-lined St Lawrence Gap and the island’s capital, Bridgetown, both within a 20-minute drive. The town’s best known as the centre of Barbados’ fishing industry, so naturally the heart of the town is the bustling seaside fish market. Visit on a Friday or a Saturday night and follow the sound of reggae and calypso to the buzzing Oistins Fish Fry. Here, you can scoff your body weight in seafood, play dominoes with the locals and waltz with the old timers along the prom.