There are 4 main towns in Barbados and they are Oistins and Bridgetown on the south coast and Holetown and Speightstown on the west coast. Another interesting place with plenty to do and see is St. Lawrence Gap, which is also located on the south coast of the island.
Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados and is soaked in history, with many interesting places to visit as well as some of the best duty free shopping.
Here you will find the country's landmarks with statues and monuments to commemorate important events in the island's history and culture.
You can go and watch horseracing, visit the Barbados Museum, take a tour of George Washington's house, go sailing on a catamaran, eat in one of the city's many restaurants, watch a live band, look around the cathedral or take a tour of the world famous cricket ground The Kensington Oval.
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Speightstown is the second largest town on the island, and again is quite rich in history and culture; it is much more relaxed than Bridgetown with fewer people, as it is located on the west coast.
In Speightstown you can have wander around the shops, have a nice lunch or dinner at one of the town's excellent restaurants and visit the art gallery. Here you will find a supermarket and some local shops selling essential household items.
Speightstown is also home to St. Peter's Parish Church, one of the island's oldest churches, which was first built in the 1630's.
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Holetown is also located on the west coast and is quite a hive of activity, albeit quite small. This was the first inhabited town in Barbados and has quite a lot to see and do.
There are a couple of busy shopping centres such as the West Coast Mall and Sunset Crest, which sell everything from groceries to high-end duty free items.
There is Holetown beach, behind Surfside Beach Bar and Cocomos restaurant, which is quite pleasant and there are also some of the islands best hotels and villas.
For the history buffs amongst you there is a library, museum all built on the site of an old fort. Every year in February there is a weeklong festival to commemorate the first settlers arriving in Barbados in 1625.
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Oistins is located on the south coast and is a very busy fishing town. Here you can buy fresh fish from the market and get grocery shopping from the supermarket.
Oistins is famous for it's nightly and weekend fish frys, where tourists and locals alike congregate to eat delicious fresh fish cooked and served with macaroni pie or rice and peas.
Oistins has a big fishing community with many fishing boats operating out of this complex. You can also feed the turtles at sunset from the jetty.
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St. Lawrence Gap is a hive of activity both during the day and at night. Here you will find a lot of hotels, guesthouses and apartments, which are all just a stroll from Dover Beach.
Swimming here is usually good and there are plenty of water sports operators and local vendors selling goods, you will also find a coupe of convenience stores in the Gap for essential items.
At night the Gap comes alive as the streets are lined with bars and restaurants to keep you entertained until the small hours.
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Author: Brett Callaghan