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Dubbed the Platinum Coast for its gleaming white sand, the west coast is a popular spot for many holidaymakers. It’s particularly fine selection of luxury properties includes some of the best hotels in Barbados.
There are also some highly opulent Barbados villas offering a luxurious home-from-home. The beaches are intimate and pretty, and the water is calm, making this area a favourite with families - alongside the upscale resorts of St James and St Peter.
Other popular beaches to stay on nearby include Mullins Beach and Paynes Bay.
The south coast is the island’s most developed stretch, with a string of Barbados hotels and apartments across all budgets, and featuring the legendary nightlife mile, St. Lawrence Gap. The Gap, as it is known locally, is generously lined with restaurants, bars, clubs and shops.
There are plenty of quieter options near here, such as Dover Beach and it is certainly possible to kick back in tranquility during the day then head off to the Gap come nightfall for some beers and booty-shaking.
It’s worth bearing in mind that while the southern beaches are beautiful, the waves make them popular surfer hangouts. Swimmers and snorkelers may prefer the likes of Needham’s Point and Dover Beach, while the manageable waves of Carlisle Bay, Accra Beach, Casuarina Beach and Silver Sands make them a top pick for body surfing.
If crowds aren’t your bag, go eastwards where crashing Atlantic waves and strong winds have created an altogether more rugged, unspoilt coastline.
Pigalle, the Parisian red light district, has always been considered a tad sketchy, but these days boutique Paris hotels are steadily popping up and transforming the vibe of the area.
If you don’t want to feel too out of the loop, Crane Beach and its surroundings on the southeast coast is a good compromise. It’s one of the island’s most striking beaches, flanked by cliffs, sand dunes and soft sand, where the Caribbean water meets the Atlantic.
You’ll relish some truly excellent Barbados hotels here, including The Crane, the oldest resort on the island.
To really get away from it all, venture further up the east coast to the resorts and beaches around Bathsheba in the parish of St. Joseph.
Barbados is synonymous with heavenly beach life. But it is well worth considering a stint staying inland to experience a flavour of local Bajan days.
Hotels in Barbados not only span the mesmerising coastline, but this verdant island’s majestic interior is scattered with heritage properties, such as former plantation houses. From these you can easily explore the caves, botanic gardens and sugar cane fields that make up the landscape.
Budget travellers will find an increasing number of self-catering apartments, family-run guesthouses and villas in Barbados for all budgets. Barbados villas in particular can provide you with your very own base in paradise.
Self-catering is also an excellent way to shop local and whip up some sizzling Bajan specialities.
Staying in your own property and need your own transport? Head over to our Barbados car hire page.