Holidays to St James
The parish of St James is home to some of the island's most exclusive areas, with the stretch of coastline here dubbed the Platinum Coast because of the sheer wealth flowing in. But this part of Barbados is of historical importance too: it was here that European settlers first arrived. With the attractive town of Holetown to explore, and the profusion of absolutely stunning sand beaches and crystal waters, it's a fabulous place to visit.
With its calm, clear waters, this is a lovely spot for a swim. There are beach chairs to rent and watersports.
Sandy Lane beach
Named after the exclusive Sandy Lane Hotel on the shore, these calm waters are lovely for a gentle swim.
St Nicholas Abbey
Taste history at this 350 year old plantation. Tour the house, distillery and gardens as well as trying the rum.
Housed in a former military prison, this museum charts the island's history from its indigenous people to modern day.
Take a boat tour
Explore over 70 miles of coastline on a catamaran or sailing boat tour of Barbados' crystal clear waters.
Explore Harrison's Cave
Explore the breathtaking caverns, waterfalls and rock formations of this underground cave system on a tram ride.
Flying fish is a Barbados speciality and there are plenty of eateries on St James's beaches where you can sample one.
Head to Holetown where you'll find lots of bars and restaurants offering anything from fine dining to cheaper eats.
You'll find a thriving night scene on 1st and 2nd Streets with bars and live music, plus a street party on Sundays.
St Lawrence's Gap
The Gap' is known for its lively nights. At just under 20km away, head here for dancing till dawn.
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