In case you didn’t want to travel to Barbados after part one (seen here), looking at these hotels & beaches should definitely make you want skip work & pack your suit case!
There are so many great options for lodging while staying in Barbados. If you’re looking for more luxury, relaxing, golfing, high-end shopping & restaurants stay on the west coast. For more touristy, going out at night & more affordable vacation the southern portion of the island is your best bet. And if you’re going to Barbados to hit the waves, make sure you stay up north. We have stayed at the following-
The Amaryllis– Very friendly staff, beautiful pools & beaches, a great central location on the southern part of the island, and they give you rum punch when you check in! The only thing we weren’t crazy about was the menu, but with so many great options close by it didn’t really matter.
The South Gap Hotel– If you like the nightlife, this is the hotel to stay at, as it is in the heart of St.Lawrence Gap. You are surrounded by great restaurants and bars and you certainly can’t beat the view out the back. The downfalls-you had to walk about 5 minutes down the road to get to the beach & the food at the hotel was limited (although this doesn’t matter much because of your location). One thing we really loved about staying here was having a grocery store & convenience store within walking distance. Our favorite thing to do when traveling (and a great way to save money) is to buy some local food and have picnic meals. Here we grabbed some fresh fruit, coconut bread (a must try!), and cheese that made for a great balcony breakfast every morning.
Mango Bay– By far the most luxurious hotel we stayed at located in the sought after area of St.James. Wonderful food, drinks, and nightly entertainment. The beach was smaller but the pool was massive & the offered lots of complimentary activities, like glass bottom boat tours.
When it comes to the beaches, each coast has it’s own distinct beaches (kind of like the hotels). For calmer, more relaxing water that’s great for snorkeling and lounging head to the west coast. The east coast has the rough waters of the Atlantic making it ideal for surfers, but not safe for swimming. The north tends to be pretty rocky and the southern beaches are a mix of what both the east and west coasts has to offer. Our favorite beaches include-
West-Mullins, Paynes Bay, Brighton Beach
South- Accra Beach, Miami Beach, Dover Beach, Worthing Beach & the South Coast Boardwalk is great for a stroll
East-Cattlewash, Bathsheba (pictured above)
South-East- Foul Bay (best to stay at the northern end), Bottoms Bay, and our absolute favorite, Crane Beach (pictured below)
Stay tuned for Barbados, Part 3.