A variety of beaches to choose from
Eat out in exotic locations
Enjoy the many local interest attractions
Although it is only 21 miles long by 14 wide, Barbados is a
"big-little" island, with a tremendous variety of things to see
The coastline divides naturally into three parts:-
- The East is mostly wild and scenic with huge Atlantic
waves pounding the beaches, ideal for sightseeing and photo-opportunities
but not recommended for swimming!
- The West (our bit, also the chosen venue for nearly all
of the top-class hotels and many luxury villas, which house the
rich and famous) has much calmer waters and is ideal for swimming
and snorkelling (the Folkestone Underwater National Park is right
- The South Coast Beaches have much less calm waters than
the West, but are mostly still safe for bathing. The pace of life
is quicker here and nightlife generally noisier especially in
"St. Lawrence Gap".
are too many visitor venues to list all but we would strongly recommend
that you see Harrison's Cave, Bathsheba (incredible coastline),
Andromeda Botanical Gardens, Orchid World and the Flower Forest.
Don't miss the stunning scenery at North Point with wild seas and
huge cliffs. The restaurant serves coffees ices, drinks and good
lunches in a spectacular setting.
Visit ancient plantation houses, beautifully preserved and furnished.
You could visit a Rum Distillery or the Malibu Centre and you can
get to the capital, Bridgetown, by bus - it can be quite an experience
to see how many people they can cram on board!!! Or get away from
it all; try finding some of the lovely, unspoilt beaches illustrated
and take a picnic!
at Mangoes on our own West Coast, as well as enjoying the swimming
pool just across the road, you can swim, snorkel, dive, water-ski,
jet-ski or para-glide. For more sedate enjoyment, you can take a
trip in a glass-bottomed boat or catamaran, cruise on the "Jolly
Roger" or even go underwater in the Atlantis submarine.
If you want to dine out you can walk from Mangoes to many restaurants
and bars in less than five minutes. The area has every sort of eating
out available, from (good) fast food at economical prices to fine
dining. Prices are generally reasonable by UK/USA standards and
you can easily dine "beachfront" without paying a fortune! Old "Holetown",
two streets within easy walking distance, is the home of a wide
selection of establishments serving food and drink and we now have
Lime Grove offering flavours from all over the world as well as
top class shopping in well known designer stores..
Make sure that you get around the Island! Car hire is strongly
recommended; you can reserve this from home (we find that www.barbadoscar.com
can give a good deal).
Links of Interest