The West Coast of the Island has the calmer Caribbean Sea lapping on its shoreline. You’ll find warm sea and white powdery sand. This side of the island has many beautiful beaches, not always visible from the road because of the buildings that block the sea views, but all beaches are public and all marked where public access is available . Look out for the signs.
All the big Hotels accept non-residents with open arms for a drink or lunch or even an afternoon cup of tea. You should have a look at Sandy Lane, the most expensive hotel on the island and explore the new Lime Grove shopping Mall in Holetown, with some really beautiful shops. There is also an excellent plush and not expensive cinema there which is worth a visit if you have a couple of hours to kill. And of course, Mullins Bay and Gibbes are right on your doorstep and are definitely the best beaches Barbados has to offer.
The North Coast is rugged rocks and heavy seas, unfit for bathing of any sort, but North Point is worth a visit for the landscape and sightseeing.
The East Coast faces the Atlantic and has large rollers and strong currents; swimming is not recommended, however the coast is famous for surfing and invigorating when walking along the beach .
Places of interest and tourist attractions to visit are all over the island too. The South Coast is altogether more lively and you will find plenty of nightlife here including the renowned Oistin’s Friday Night Fish Fry. Don’t forget to spend a day in the capital, Bridgetown and explore the historic buildings as well as the duty free shops! Visit every part of Barbados and get a real feel for this beautiful, safe island of Caribbean paradise!
An island tour from Palm Tree Villa is a great day out. Make sure that you cover Speightstown and then up past Port St Charles and the new marina “Ferdinando” at Sixmens and Little good harbour in the North East. Right up the top of the island is North Point and the flower caves, and River Bay, where you can cross the dry river bed and explore on the cliff tops above.
Barclays Park and Bathsheba on the East coast are a must. Find the Round House for a drink or lunch and Andromeda Gardens deserves a visit while you are there .In the South East corner hides Bottom Bay which is difficult to find but beautiful and should be on your list, as well as Crane Beach with lunch at Cutters or The Crane.
All along the South Coast there are some nice beaches and bars and restaurants and of course Bridgetown the capital makes a great final stop before you head up the West coast past the Cruise Terminal on your way back to Eastry Garden.
Some popular tourist locations around the island , in no particular order, include:
- The Orchid World
- Harrison’s caves
- The Speightstown Museum
- The polo if you are in at the right time of year
- The Concorde Experience
- The Savannah Heritage Centre
- The Mount gay Rum Factory Tour
- The Submarine Ride
- Catamaran Excursions
- Swim with the Turtles
- Roots and Rhythms in St Lawrence Gap
- Morgan Lewis Mill
- The Oval Cricket Ground
- Surfing at the Soup Bowl Bathsheba
- Jeep safari Tour
- St Nicholas Abbey
- Earthworks pottery and Batic Workshop
- Welchman’s Gulley
And don’t forget the hundreds of beautiful beaches dotted right around the island, just jump in the car and explore, its a wonderful island where ever you land up, and if you get lost just ask a local, they are all friendly.