They say life is all about balance, and there’s no better place to harmonize your inner party animal with your search for serenity than at the infamous St. Lawrence Gap (or ‘The Gap’).
The Gap is exactly as its name suggests, a ‘gap’ (or street) stretching approximately 1.3 km along the shoreline on the south coast of Barbados.
It is typically a hive of activity, especially at the weekend and during summertime as Crop Over celebrations take centre stage.
It’s an understatement to say The Gap has its own unique flavor – there’s an eclectic mix of and styles of accommodation, road side souvenir stalls, bars and nightclubs, and much more.
Being home to one of the most popular beaches on the island means St. Lawrence Gap is the ideal vacationing spot for tourists looking to unwind, as well as party into the night.
However, although you will find many tourists in this area, you will also find a great mix of local action too.
The location of the Gap also means it is easily accessible, with public transportation and taxis on hand ready to take you to various locations on the island, including into Bridgetown (or ‘Town’), the Oistins Friday Night Fish Fry, or simply to explore more of the beautiful tropical beaches.
The Gap is notorious for its nightly parties yet there is another side to the Gap; a quieter daytime side that only turns up the heat when night falls, coming alive with locals and tourists alike, all seeking entertainment, food, dancing and time to socialize.
Should you decide to stay in the Gap, this bustling hotspot offers a broad range of accommodation and you’ll be close to amenities like duty free shopping, supermarkets, tour operators, fishing excursions and even some prime golf courses in the area.
Here, both the weary traveler and vacationing local Bajan will find themselves in the centre of the action and close to all the excitement.
Accommodation in the Gap can range from hotels to apartments and condominiums, and for those partygoers who still like to have that wonderful view of the sea, the accommodation found in St. Lawrence Gap is exactly what you are looking for.
Depending on the type of holiday or getaway you are seeking, you can choose accommodation either right in the thick of it or on one of the more set back places away from the late night entertainment.
Whether small and cozy or large and stylish, the Gap offers a variety of accommodation styles that all have that welcoming island vibe.
The architectural styles of accommodation at the Gap are varied, ranging from traditional bungalows to multi-storey hotels. Elements of British styles are apparent, and visitors from the southern United States will certainly recognize many features, as with the architecture anywhere on the island.
Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you’re not particular about the type of accommodation you select.
The budget traveler can delight in the opportunity to live like a local in guest apartments in the Gap that blend in with the island style – simple, clean and comfortable with hedges and potted plants all around. Many accommodations have balconies (or porches) for relaxing outdoors and watching the world go by.
Guesthouses and apartments in St. Lawrence Gap can be found on the land side or you may be lucky enough to find space on the seaside, as there are also budget-friendly hotels there.
If you go the self-catering route for accommodation, there are also several convenience shops up and down the Gap, including Dover, where you can get all your essentials within a cool walking distance.
For those who wish for more affordable hotel accommodation, there is plenty to consider. More often than not the brightly coloured structures are at maximum four or five stories high – some are quite modern, clean and traditional, optimizing space and function.
This type of accommodation is also available on the seaside of the Gap, and the vast majority have pools so you can do your water’s edge lounging there, when you want to skip the sand in your toes.
Guesthouse accommodation is also cost effective and in most cases it allows you, your own private space. Fitted with personal kitchenettes, dining quarters and balconies, guests have the privacy and comfort of feeling at home in paradise.
These guesthouses allow visitors the opportunity to experience a full Barbadian vacation, in their own home away from home by the sea.
While St. Lawrence Gap is known for its down-to-earth style and easy-going vibe, there are also a number of deluxe hotels and condominium/apartments that rival those on the west coast.
Renting a villa is also a great idea if you like privacy with luxurious surroundings with the freedom to come and go as you please.
Some of the best restaurants reside within the hotels in the Gap. Most of the hotels along this coastline proudly hold the title of three and four star rankings, making them among the top choice for foodies from all over the world.
Most of the four star hotels are all-inclusive and are equipped with facilities such as spa centres, restaurants, bars, tennis courts, swimming pools and easy beach access.
The all-inclusive packages tend to offer food and drinks all in the one price. Some hotels in this area also offer accommodation on a room only basis – ‘half board‘ (includes breakfast), or ‘full board‘ (includes all meals).
Wherever you decide to stay in St. Lawrence Gap, you are sure to have a wonderful time – let it be said there is never a dull moment in Barbados.
Totally Barbados recommends the following Accommodation:
— Bougainvillea Beach Resort
— Rostrevor Hotel