Holidays in Barbados serve up the Caribbean with a twist. Expect sweet-but-spicy cuisine, free-flowing rum, and a British-style love for cricket
The Platinum Coast
At first glance, Barbados appears to play by all the tropical island laws, following the book to the letter when it comes to its coastline. The island is home to more than 92 kilometres of long blonde beaches, which are backed by palm trees and lapped by luminous blue waters. The western coast is especially popular for holidays to Barbados. It’s where you’ll find the resorts of St James and St Peter and has even earned itself the nickname of the Platinum Coast, thanks to the purity of its sand.
Beyond the sand, Barbados doesn’t always tow the Robinson Crusoe line. The island does have a few quieter resorts, like Maxwell Beach, which is pin-drop peaceful, but on the whole it can be a bit of a firecracker. Bajan food blurs the line between sweet and savoury, and the rum shops make it easier to order punch than coffee. St Lawrence Gap leads the nightlife pack. This resort is a hub for reggae bars, calypso clubs and, some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean.
The capital city, Bridgetown, shows off the quirkier side to holidays in Barbados. It’s here the Caribbean influence collides head on with the heritage left over from British rule. You can watch a game of cricket on the green and stand in the shadow of the admiral Nelson statue, before heading to the harbour to watch live reggae or dance to calypso.
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St Lawrence is the biggest personality on Barbados’ beach-fringed south coast. It gets its swagger from St Lawrence Gap, a parade of rum shacks, Bajan restaurants, and reggae-fuelled dancehalls where the island comes to party. But for those who prefer to relax, St Lawrence’s tropical beaches are exactly what you’d want from this sun-kissed Caribbean retreat.
Stretched along Barbados’ west coast, St James is one of the island’s most beautiful tourist regions. It’s a fun, lively area with a mix of laid-back glamour and Caribbean sunshine. The main spot is Holetown, which boasts designer shopping, glossy restaurants and vibrant nightlife. And the action there revolves around the town’s stunning beach.
On Barbados’ beach-spangled south coast, Maxwell reaps the rewards of being compact. All that separates this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cluster of hotels and condos from the Caribbean Sea is a shimmering swathe of white sand. If you’ve come to recharge your batteries, there are few better places for it. And if you’re looking to paint the town red, St Lawrence Gap is in walking distance.
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