Cities and Resorts in Barbados
The southwestern district, known as Christ Church, is considered the birthplace of the Barbados tourism industry. The main highway winds along the coast here, linking into a single chain many small resorts, which are, for the most part, just white sand beaches. Along the entire coast there are small 3 and 4 * hotels, bars, restaurants and discos.
Christ Church – as if specially created for windsurfers and kitesurfers. The height of the coastal wave here varies from 1.5 to 2.5 meters (although on some days the waves can reach 4 or even 5 meters in height), constant and not too strong trade winds blow here.
This place is also great for classic surfers, although some professional surfers may prefer the southeast and east coasts, where the waves reach their maximum. The best “windy” months are December, January, February and June.
The western coast of Barbados, also known as the “Platinum Coast”, is a land of bays and inlets stretching along the Caribbean side of the island, protected from ocean waves. Excellent sandy beaches and calm warm blue waters have made this area the main resort area of the island. The best hotels of the island, located here, will suit lovers of a relaxing holiday. Evenings can be spent in cozy restaurants and bars.
In this zone, the underwater world is very rich and several hundred quite accessible sunken ships lie at shallow depths. In Folkestone Marine Park, a very popular dive site is the Stavronikita wreck.
The most popular beach on the island is St. James. This is where most of the best west coast hotels in Barbados are located. Rich and luxurious mansions, villas of the oligarchs and five-star suites characterize St. James as an elite area of Barbados. This is the ideal place for snorkelling and exploring the underwater world and its inhabitants.
St. Peter is rich in interesting places – this is Harrison’s cave (a chain of karst caves with very beautifully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites, the descent into the cave is carried out by a small electric train in compliance with all necessary security measures), a botanical garden, an impressive Atlantic coast. There is also a unique nature reserve here, which everyone can visit. Its characteristic feature is that numerous animals, mainly monkeys, can move freely here.
Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados and the main port of the city, located in the southern part of the west coast of the country in the district of St. Michael. The city was founded by the British in 1628 and is known for its architectural monuments and museums. Nearly half of the country’s population lives in Bridgetown and its environs. The city is a recognized center of tourism in the Caribbean region. The name of the city comes from two bridges thrown over a bay deeply protruding into the land, dividing the city into two parts.
The center of Bridgetown has largely retained its colonial appearance. The main attractions of Bridgetown are: Heroes’ Square, which until 1999 was called Trafalgar Square (a copy of the eponymous square in London), the Parliament of Barbados, Royal Park (in which a baobab grows over 1000 years old and 18 m in diameter), a synagogue built back in 1654.
Bridgetown is a shopper’s paradise. The city is famous for its many duty free shops. The main commercial arteries of Bridgetown, in addition to Broad Street, are Swan Street, Roeback Street and Tudor Street.
In the vicinity of Bridgetown, such popular beach areas as Brandons, Butts Rock and Fitts Village stretch. The sea here is calm, as on the entire west coast, white sandy, surrounded by palm groves, equipped with cabanas, showers, picnic areas and playgrounds.
The coral reefs opposite Barbados are great for diving and snorkelling. Near Bridgetown near Carlisli beach, four sunken ships lie at the bottom. This is a great place for beginners who are going to learn wreck diving.