The three faces of Barbados, the beautiful easternmost island in the Caribbean, offer more diversity than vacation spots much larger than the country’s 14 by 21 miles. “Laid back” and “great value” characterize the second side of the island: Barbados’ south coast, where white-sand beaches abound, nightlife is active and vacation rentals are reasonably priced. Part 2 of a 3 part series.

South coast of Barbados:

Price-wise, closer to land than Barbados’ west coast is the island’s south coast, which offers an “authentic” Barbados holiday with lots of locals, friendly and hip street vendors, and plenty of accommodation offering good value for money.

Take notes:

However, be careful before you book your hotel or vacation rental on the south coast. Be aware of:

– South Coast accommodations range from casual luxuries with incredible sea views to hotel rooms in need of a facelift. Before you book anywhere, check the TripAdvisor site to see what past guests have to say about the vacation rental you’re interested in. As seductive as they are, do not rely on reservations only in the photos of the beautiful sea.

– the south coast is a wonderful mixture of calm waters of the Caribbean Sea and active waters of the Atlantic Ocean; The farther you are from the east coast, the higher the waves and the stronger the swell. Find out about the surf conditions of the place you book.

– Restaurants and shops are located in the area of ​​the south shore called St. Lawrence Gap. If you have rental accommodation outside of “Gap”, you’ll need a rented car or taxi (or, if you’re adventurous, the Barbados bus system) to get to the restaurants, shops and nightlife. Unless you want a very quiet vacation, you’ll want to stay in or very close to Gap. However, also remember that where there is nightlife there is nighttime noise, so ask about the provisions vacation rentals have made for soundproofing. Again, check TripAdvisor reviews to read what previous guests have to say.

Recommendations for holiday rentals on the south coast of Barbados:

Many visitors to the south coast are drawn to the area because the beaches are even whiter and larger than those on the west coast of the island. They are also abundant. The following vacation rentals are worth a look because they offer incredible sea views and generally offer good value for money in a casual luxury setting:

* Silver Point Hotel (at Silver Sands Beach): Beautiful white drapes surround large outdoor canopy beds at this boutique getaway that’s a short distance from the south shore action. An open-air restaurant and on-site bar complement the venue’s casual-chic vibe and the young crowd it attracts. The sea is more Atlantic Ocean than Caribbean Sea. This means that it is ideal for windsurfers, but a bit difficult for casual swimmers and children. Windy, the beach offers ideal conditions for kite flying. You will need a car to move around the island. Some rooms have small kitchens.

* little bows (in Enterprise Beach aka Miami Beach) – Absolutely adorable, intimate, and elegant hotel with acclaimed international cuisine restaurant, Café Luna, on-site. Only for adults. A car is recommended. The sea is calmer here than at Silver Point.

* Ocean 1 (Maxwell Beach) – Modern and new, offering two and three bedroom apartments with kitchens and ocean view balconies. Privately owned, different apartments offer different tastes and qualities of furnishings. Located right on a large beach, each unit offers beautiful views of the placid ocean. You may want to rent a car or take a quick cab ride to the Gap for dinner.

* St Lawrence Beach Condos (St Lawrence Beach, between Dover and Sandy Beaches) – Brand new two and three bedroom vacation rentals with full kitchens in the heart of the St. Lawrence Gap. All units offer expansive ocean views and immediate access to a small beach. Walk out the back door and commune with the tranquility of the aquamarine blue sea or lounge around the pool; walking out the front door, you are just steps away from numerous restaurants and clubs. The sea here is more Caribbean than the Atlantic Ocean, which means that the waves are gentle. Inquire about the soundproofing of the rooms facing the Gap; rooms by the sea are not bothered by music from the clubs. Car is not required. Small supermarkets, shops and many restaurants very close.

* Hilton Hotel (at Hilton Beach at Needham’s Point): A less imaginative option, perhaps, but the Barbados Hilton’s location, on beautiful Needham’s Point, earns the Hilton Hotel a spot on this list. The rooms are what you would expect and there is too much concrete in the common areas for my liking, but the food in the various restaurants is good, the service is top notch and the beach is one of the most beautiful on the island and ideal for very young children play in the surf.

Next, we will visit the third face of Barbados: the undeveloped east coast, with stunning views of a wild Atlantic Ocean.

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