Western Barbados

Western Barbados covers the parishes of Saint James, Saint Peter and Saint Lucy.

History

Holetown is the site of the first British settlement in Barbados and the site of the first English landing (in 1625). It was originally Jamestown, so named when Captain Powlett claimed the land for King James the 1st.

Orientation

Holetown is set on the west coast among the posher hotels and villas. Holetown offers shopping, eating and drinking, but there isn't much of a town centre to speak of. Walk through the numerous alleys down to the beach, and you will see why this is the most expensive coastline of Barbados.

Get in

The coastal highway runs north from Bridgetown to Speightstown through Holetown, but doesn't carry much traffic any more so noise is not too much of a problem. Both public buses and private-run mini vans run often between Bridgetown and Speightstown.

Get around

There is one road, with barely two lanes, that runs up the coast. Perpetually packed with traffic, it makes for a slow but not unpleasant drive. Watch out for pedestrians (there are practically no sidewalks)!

Buses, both public as well as private, run continuously up and down the west coast road and it is easy to get around without a car. Bus number 12P (about every 20 minutes) connects this area with the airport, albeit slowly.

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Eat

There are plenty of restaurants ranging from beach-front shacks to high-end chef run restaurants. Holetown has the highest concentration of restaurants in this Parish but there are others dotted along the West Coast Road, including a cheap but good Roti place at Paynes Bay. Most of the restaurants on First and Second Street in Holetown are moderate, by Bajan standards, and quite good if you prefer not to venture further afield.

The Super Center at the West Coast Mall in Holetown has almost everything you can possibly need. Jordan's, at Fitt's Village, is good though the choices are more toward the simple life (all cheese is cheddar!). The Exxon gas station at Payne's Bay is open everyday with staples like beer, bread, and baked beans, plus a few meats and veggies, cheese and milk. There is also a small fish market at Payne's Bay where you can pick up fresh flying fish or dolphin fish.

Holetown

Surprisingly good selection of bars and restaurants in this small town.

Speightstown

The Fisherman's Pub Speightstown, St Peter since 1937 on the beach Tel 246-422-2703 email pub@caribsurf.com hours Mon to Sat 11am to 9pm Wed 11am - 2am hopping for dinner with live music Lunch from U$12 Dinner from U$15 best local food like cou cou and flying fish, cassava, yam, breadfruit etc. Drinks sodas, beers and lots of local rum GOOD food BETTER prices BEST service

Elsewhere

Drink

PRIVAin Holetown is a more upscale nightclub. Very good on the weekends.

Sleep

The West Coast tends to be on the expensive side. Anything with a seaside location is likely to be expensive and, if you want budget accommodation, look for rentals in the interior (Risk Road is a good bet).

Stay safe

Watch out for the traffic on the West Coast Road. Otherwise, the area is very safe!

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