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The parish of St James on Barbados West Coast is famous for its Luxury Hotels and Villas. Christ Church on the South Coast has more accommodation options to fit a Budget with Great Value Hotels, Barbados Apartments and Guesthouses. St Joseph on the East Coast is the surfing capital of Barbados and offers budget accommodation and family run hotels, this area is away from the main island activities.

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Barbados Parishes, information on the 11 parishes of Barbados

Barbados Neighborhoods

Barbados is 166 square miles and divided in to 11 Parishes.

St. Michael

Bridgetown is the capital and the hub of Barbados, hosting the main Duty Free Shopping areas on Broad Street, plus the majority of banks and financial institutions on the island. The varied architecture and historical buildings compliment the bustle of every day life. Less than 5 minutes' walk from Bridgetown along Bay Street is the beautiful beach of Carlisle Bay. It's home to several boat wrecks, offering some of the best places to dive and snorkel. It's a hot spot for many of the catamaran tours and boat trips to moor and let you explore.
One of the best ways to get around and see all of the island is to rent a car.

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Home to the lively South Coast, It offers visitors a Multitude of accommodation options from Guest Houses, Barbados Apartments to All Inclusive Resorts. Windsurfers and Kite Surfers from around the world flock to Silver Sands and Maxwell. The Barbados Windsurfing World Cup is held Annually in January at Silver Sands. The calmer waters can be found at Accra, Dover and Sandy Beach.
Oistins is the islands main fishing port, the daily catch is sold at the waterfront market. Every Friday evening a lively Fish Fry takes place where you can eat at simple local restaurants, dance to the lively calypso and soca music and buy local crafts. Before leaving head towards the back of the square and watch the locals dancing the old time two step. It's a must see!
St Lawrence Gap is the happening area, water sports are in abundance on Dover Beach in the day, and at night the strip comes a live with happening restaurants, bars and nightclubs with the best DJ's and local bands playing music in to the early hours.

Oistins Fish fry, Christchurch Barbados

St. James

Situated on the West Coast, It's famous for the white powdery beaches, luxurious hotels including the renowned Sandy Lane Hotel and world class Barbados restaurants, serving Caribbean and Mediterranean cuisine. It's also home to the protected Turtle colony, take a boat trip and swim one on one with this precious species. Holetown is the commercial heart of the St James, with banks, supermarkets, police station and local stores. Holetown Festival, which celebrates the landing of the first settlers in February 1627, includes a street parade, local exhibits and of course music and dancing.

Swimming with the turtles on Barbados West Coast, St James.

St. Joseph

Bathsheba on the East Coast is one the most spectacular places on the island. The lush vegetation and the wild Atlantic Ocean have formed a unique rugged coastline. It's famous for the surf. The Caribbean Surfing Championships are held annually in early November at the 'Soup Bowl' the central beach area of Bathsheba. Houses and simple accommodation are rented to locals and visitors, this is one of the most economical places to stay.
The Andromeda Gardens, part of the Barbados National Trust and the Flower Forest are both set on the hillside with spectacular views over little fishing villages. They both have a fine collection of tropical plants and flowering trees including orchids and the Compass Tree named as it grows pointing east and west.

Bathsheba, St Joseph Barbados

St. Lucy

The North Point of Barbados, hosts one of the three working lighthouses in Barbados. The coast line is rugged and offers some spectacular views. The seas are rough and attract extreme surfers when the winds are high. The Animal Flower Cave is worth a visit. It is a cavern, home to sea anemones which form the shape of beautiful flowers.

North Point, St Lucy Barbados

St. Peter

Speightstown is a sleepy fishing village with old English architecture. Heading inland you will find the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. A large mahogany wood where the monkeys, porcupines, mongoose, (to name a few) and tropical birds roam and fly freely through the trees. St Nicholas's Abbey is the oldest standing structure (1650), it is one of the only 3 remaining Jacobean houses within the Western Hemisphere.

Barbados Wildlife Reserve, St Peter Barbados

St. Philip

The home of one of the oldest hotels, The Crane Resort, with fantastic architecture, spectacular views, luxury facilities and sandy cove beach.

Rugged Point is another hot spot for surfers.

The Crane, St Phillip Barbados

St. Thomas

One of the most famous excursions is a trip to Harrison's Cave, unique within the Caribbean, claimed to be one of the wonders of the world. A half mile tram tour will show you the spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, waterfalls and the mystical wonders of the limestone cavern.

Harrison Cave, St Thomas Barbados

St. Andrew

The Scotland district is a scenic hilly area in the north east. A series of peaks including Mount Hillaby the highest point of the island at 1100 feet.
Chalky Mount is the only part of the coral capped island where red clay is found. Potters have worked here since the last century. The pottery village has a full array of local crafts to buy.

Pottery making at Chalky Mount, St Andrew Barbados

St. John

Drive to the top of Hackleton Cliff; it's quoted to be the best view on island. Nearby Codrington College is set within 5 acres of woodland, and it is the theological college of the Anglican Church.

Codrington College, St John Barbados

St. George

Set inland within fields of rolling sugar cane, you will find the Gun Hill Signal Station, used and built by the British Army in 1818.

Gun Hill Signal Station, St George Barbados