How can I aptly describe the Barbados South Coast?
It is busy, active and quite unlike the quiet sophistication you’ll find on the West Coast. This coast is unquestionably more laid back than the West Coast, and you’ll definitely see the difference. Some of Barbados’ top white sand beaches are also on this coast.
Here are a few landmarks you’ll see as you head out of Bridgetown towards the South Coast.
Harbor Lights Night Club - a fun and happening night club that has been a favorite for many years with visitors and Bajans alike.
The Ship Inn - A Popular South Coast Night Club on St. Lawrence Gap
Barbados Government Headquarters - houses the offices of the Prime Minister, National Security and Urban Development, and other agencies and departments.
The Barbados Yacht Club – an established Barbados landmark and a private members-only facility offering sailing and other recreational activities. Visiting yachtsmen are given complimentary free membership for 7 days.
Aquatic Gap - home to Brown Sugar Restaurant (great place for local food) and The Barbados Hilton, located further along the beach at Needhams Point.
The South Coast begins about 1.5 miles outside of Bridgetown at the Garrison Savannah, the Barbados horse racing venue. Over the years, horse racing has become a favorite Saturday Barbadian pastime.
The beaches are never far away and are mostly visible along the coast road as you make your way towards the South Coast. The South Coast waters are calmer than on the East Coast and therefore provide more favorable conditions for swimming. The South-East Coast is ideal for windsurfing, kitesurfing and the like.
Restaurants are aplenty, from the one-pounder roti shops to romantic, waterfront restaurants. You’ll find bars, sports bars, beach tiki bars and everything in-between.
There’s certainly a nice mix here for every palette from romantic waterfront dining to grab-a-late-night-street-burger right in front of the Sugar Lounge (by the way, one of the best burgers I’ve ever had).
Accra Beach has been a local favorite beach for Barbadians and visitors alike for as long as I can remember because of its central location and nearby amenities. Vendors sell leather goods and casual beach wear in small huts on the beach.
Nice shady trees make it attractive for those taking a break from work to just sit in the shade to catch up on local news in the newspaper, or just to relax.
An easy, breezy boardwalk is also available for that leisurely evening stroll along the calming waters.
South Coast Boardwalk in Hastings
It’s an active coast, and then there’s the Gap. I’m not talking about the retail giant, but rather St. Lawrence Gap. Arts, crafts, beautiful beaches, water sports, nice mix of budget, boutique and 3-5 star hotels. Young and trendy crowds frequent this area because of its vibrant, bustling nightlife.
As you head further up the South Coast, you’ll run into the old fishing village of Oistins. This is another great weekend hotspot and if you want to mingle with Barbadians, this is definitely the place to be.
There is a quiet separation as you head past Oistins towards the tip of the South Coast. Miami Beach, another great South Coast beach, Inch Marlowe and Silver Sands are just some of the areas that provide a tranquil retreat before meeting the rugged and pristine East Coast of Barbados.