Barbados is justifiably one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean. Many of its assets are quite obvious — year round sunshine, glorious crystal clear seas and fabulous golden beaches — however, Barbados has much more to offer! Indeed, it is remarkable that on such a small island (33km long x 22 km wide), one can experience such a stunning diversity of landscapes and attractions.
No: 5 Pavilion Grove offers a luxurious and relaxing base from which to enjoy all that Barbados has to offer. Buses are cheap, frequent and fun or, alternatively, why not hire a car? Roads are good and driving is on the left just as in the UK.
Bridgetown, the island’s capital, is undoubtedly the busiest, most populated place in Barbados. Home to its main businesses, shops and markets it is also a major duty free port bustling with cruise ship passengers. Spend the day shopping for tax- free jewellery, clothes and handicrafts on Broad Street. Enjoy lunch or a drink at one of the many waterside cafes before a tour of the historic buildings around National Heroes Square.
The Southwest Coast is home to many lively resorts such as Hastings and St Lawrence Gap, the ideal spot to enjoy a Banks beer, the beer of Barbados. Take a trip along the main highway as it hugs the coast or enjoy the beautiful beaches and excellent restaurants.
Once passed the airport sandy beaches give way to the cliffs and rocky outcrops of the rugged Southeast Coast. Here the Atlantic Ocean’s pounding surf crashes onto the coastline. Although not famous for its tourism or nightlife, the Southeast Coast offers beautiful views and attractions such as the rum factory, old plantation houses or stop for lunch at The Crane.
The East Coast offers a great escape from the busier areas of the island. Miles of empty beaches, occasional surfers and a series of small picturesque villages provide excellent photo opportunities. Be sure to take your camera to capture the dramatic scenery at Bathsheba.
Visit the Green Monkeys at the wildlife reserve or stand on the cliff tops above the flower caves at St Lucy and simply watch as the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea.
A welcome diversion from the beaches, Central Barbados has mile upon mile of sugarcane fields, areas of ancient forest and natural attractions such as Harrison Cave and also St Nicholas Abbey — which is only a ten minute drive from No: 5.
It is however undoubtedly the West Coast — indeed St James Parish — which has become synonymous with the beauty and elegance that Barbados has to offer. No: 5 is situated in this the most sort after part of the island where adventure or relaxation are never far away.
Spend the afternoon on the beaches of Alleynes Bay, Lone Star and Royal Pavilion which are less than five minutes walk away, or five minutes drive north by car is Mullins Bay or hob-nobbing with the rich and famous at the legendary Sandy Lane — five minutes drive south from No: 5. The celebrated Lone Star Beach Bar & Restaurant, known as The Ivy of the Caribbean, is less than five minutes walk from your door.