The West Coast is where you should stay if you are looking for luxury accommodation and the calm Caribbean Sea.
The west coast of Barbados is quite lively during the day, with plenty of duty-free shopping selling elite goods that you may not even be able to purchase in your home country.
There are also many water sports and dive operators on these golden beaches. Some exquisite restaurants look out over the tranquil ocean at night, and some late-night bars and lounges.
There is a main road running alongside the shoreline from Bridgetown up to Speightstown, and on either side of the main road, you can find many different accommodation options. There are self-catering apartments, guesthouses, hotels, and villas.
On the west coast, you can enjoy an eight-mile stretch of golden sand and calm sea, where the waves gently lap in, so no matter where you choose to stay, you are guaranteed a great beach nearby.
Swimming on the west coast is more like taking a bath, as the water is quite warm and so gentle that you can float and enjoy basking in the warm sunshine.
The west coast is the natural playground of the rich and famous, this is where well-known celebrities choose to buy houses, and often while relaxing, you will see film stars racing past on jet skis or a huddle of paparazzi hiding in the bushes.
In deciding where to stay, you need to decide on the best accommodation type for your group. If you are traveling with your partner and don’t want to be tied to set meal times, perhaps you should consider a self-catering apartment.
All apartments on the west coast are clean and comfortable and cater to the higher end of the market, so you can expect the decoration to be of a high standard.
Perhaps you are traveling with a young family, in which case an all-inclusive hotel would suit the children. Staff in the kids club will keep the kids busy while you can be out and about enjoying the resort, pool, and Caribbean sea. It’s a great idea as the children can eat whenever they are hungry, and you don’t have the hassle of getting them ready each time you need to go out.
One of the most popular forms of accommodation on the Barbados west coast is a luxury villa or condominium. These are ideal if you are traveling in a larger group, and they usually come fully staffed, so you benefit from having your own luxurious home for a couple of weeks.
You can decide what time you would like to eat and determine what you want. The majority of these properties come with a swimming pool to enjoy privacy and a peaceful atmosphere as you look around your tropical garden.
Another benefit of staying on the west coast is the excellent golf courses on your doorstep; firstly, heading up the west coast road towards Holetown, you will find the world-famous Sandy Lane Hotel.
Here is a fantastic golf course frequented by golf professionals such as Tiger Woods. Further up the same road, you will see Royal Westmoreland, another outstanding golf course.
At Sandy Lane, you will also find excellent accommodation at the hotel and fantastic villa’s to rent on the Sandy Lane Estate.
At Royal Westmoreland, there are also superior properties to rent and buy.
Another upmarket development with excellent rental and purchasing opportunities is a property called Port St. Charles in the parish of St. Peter, right at the top of the west coast main road heading into the north of the island.
This marina-type development has very high-end properties with exceptional fixtures and fittings such as marble bathrooms and handmade mahogany furniture. Some features allow you to moor your yacht if your stop in Barbados is during a Caribbean cruise around the other islands.
Also dotted along with west coast road are some truly outstanding restaurants, so make sure you eat out a few times and try to make one of those meals at one of the exclusive west coast restaurants such as The Cliff, Tides, or Daphne’s.
So if you are looking for calm water, good food, luxurious accommodation, and great shopping, you should choose the Barbados west coast for your accommodation.