Barbados has always been one of the top destinations for millions of tourists looking to escape the chilly continental winter and bask in the warm Caribbean sun. Over the years, the small village of Holetown has transformed into an international tourism center, and luxury villas now dot the landscape.
Many of these villas are available as vacation rentals throughout the year, as the market has seemingly exploded. So today, we’re breaking down the top five things to do in Holetown, Barbados!
This point may seem like an obvious giveaway, but the beaches in and around Holetown are divine, featuring white sand and crystal blue waters. The island of Barbados is rarely hit by tropical storms and hurricanes, so the island’s natural beauty has been relatively undisturbed in the last century.
If you’re a beach-goer, we recommend checking out Sandy Lane located just south of the city center. Mahogany trees surround the beach, and it’s been open to the public since 1961. This spot is perfect for swimming as there are no waves or strong riptides. Vacationers can also snorkel and explore the marine life that inhabits this region, showcasing the diversity of Barbados’s flora and fauna.
If you want an authentic Bajan experience, venture further south of Sandly Lane to Paynes Bay further south of Sandy Lane and hang out with the locals and sample the infamous rum punch. The concoction is notoriously strong and certainly packs a punch! Apart from the cocktail, this beach is where all the locals come to cool off in the afternoon, so you’ll meet some interesting characters.
Holetown is famed for its unique cuisine that infuses bold flavors to serve up some traditional dishes. If you’re in the mood for a Caribbean meal, check out Just Grillin’, which is featured in the Lonely Planet and is a favorite among tourists. Be sure to try the jerk chicken or the catch of the day!
For those seeking some traditional American food, head over to Nishi and indulge in a mouthwatering burger or some fresh sushi. The establishment has quickly become the trendiest place in Holetown where it’s fun to people watch while indulging in a gourmet dish.
At some point during your stay in Barbados, you have to explore Holetown’s nightlife scene. Whether you’re into bars, lounges, or clubs, there’s something for everybody. We highly recommend the atmosphere at the Red Door Lounge, which offers a wide variety of cocktails to suit your taste.
The place becomes alive on Friday nights at the midnight hour so bring a comfortable pair of shoes and get ready to dance the night away. For live music showcasing the country’s vast pool of talent, head to the Tiki Bar and sip on a rum cocktail while jamming to the beat of the steel drums.
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