Holetown Beach Barbados

The atmosphere is uber laid back at Holetown Beach Barbados.  The ocean breezes caress your face as make your way to the beach area.  A waft of something delicious hits your nostrils from the no-frills beach bar before you have time to slip your toes into the velvety smooth sand.  

It’s an ambush.  Time to work up an appetite.

Holetown Beach Barbados is one of the best beaches on the West Coast of Barbados and one of the best Caribbean beaches.   With turquoise water, powdery white sand, and a lazy atmosphere, this beach is the perfect place for “an island chill”.  

Holetown Beach Barbados with view of Folkestone Marine Park (north view)


Features: White sand beach with calm water – best for swimming, snorkeling, sailing |  easy access to Highway 1

Lifeguard: Yes

Amenities: Water sports available –windsurfing, hobie cats, jet skis, water skis | glass bottom boats tours, turtle tours |chair rentals| beach bar & restaurant |limited parking | shopping – local shops and specialty shops

Holetown Beach has calm waters and is a good beach for family swimming.  Folkestone Marine Park lies in the near distance lies and is a popular spot for snorkeling and wreck diving.  

View of Holetown Beach (south view)


Holetown Beach Barbados is located in the historic area known as Holetown on the west coast of Barbados (Highway 1).  It is approximately 25-30 minutes away from Barbados’ sole airport, Grantley Adams International Airport and 18 minutes away from the capital, Bridgetown.


The map above shows the location of the beach relative to the capital and the airport.  
Click on the "+" to zoom in for a more detailed map. 

The area carries a nice mixed of top-notch hotels, local and luxury shops, small cafés, fabulous villas, seaside restaurants (both local and fine dining) and beach bars, water sports, and every other amenity imaginable.

Main Coast Road, Holetown Barbados

Limegrove LifeStyle Centre sits right across the street with good duty free shopping at high-end shops like Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Cartier, Diamonds International, and more.   Shopping can be stressful (wink) and you might just need a nice glass of wine (or dinner) to end your day. The Fusion rooftop restaurant is a good choice.  

In the near distance lies Folkestone Marine Park, a popular spot for snorkeling and wreck diving.  

First and Second Streets are right next door and are good spots for entertainment and good beach bars.

Parking is limited.  If you can, use the parking lot across the street at the West Coast Mall, a small strip mall that lies adjacent to the gas station. 

Zaccios Beach Bar & Restaurant

Don’t be surprised if you are approached by locals wanting to sell you water sports.  As enticing as it may sound, try to book ahead of time with a reputable dive/water sports shop.

A Snapshot of Holetown's History

Formerly known as Jamestown, this small town, rich in history and culture, has maintained many of the early trademarks of settlement.  

Captain John Powell landed at Holetown in 1625.  Some say the ship had blown off course when it found the island while others say the ship was returning from a trading voyage to Brazil.  

Nevertheless, the captain formally claimed possession of the uninhabited island in the name of the king and returned two years later with 80 settlers and 10 slaves to claim the island as part of the British monarchy.  

Today a monument stands erect in Holetown marking this historic landing.  

350+ years later, this landing site has evolved into a mecca of thriving local businesses including first-class hotels and restaurants, and luxury villas.

My little guy at Holetown Beach


By Public Transportation:

Holetown Beach Barbados is easy to reach by public transportation and by car.  This is a heavily used route as all public buses and privately owned mini buses travel to and from Bridgetown on a daily basis. 

By Car:

From the capital Bridgetown  - travel north along the Princess Alice Highway past Pelican Village (the arts and crafts village).  Bear right past the traffic lights until you reach the first rotary at the Bridgetown Port.  

Follow the rotary and make a left at the intersection onto Spring Garden Highway.  Turn left at the second rotary onto the main West Coast road.  Holetown is about three miles away. 

From the South Coast - head east to access the Errol Barrow Highway.  Follow to Highway 2A and exit left at the Lawrence Johnson rotary.  Travel west for half mile to Highway 1. 

What's Near Holetown Beach Barbados

Other Beaches:


  • Mango Bay - Second Street
  • Colony Club
  • Coral Reef Club
  • The Sandpiper Inn
  • Discovery Bay Hotel


  • Nishi - sushi
  • Sitar - Indian
  • Spago - Italian
  • The Tides Restaurant and Art Gallery
  • Beach House Restaurant –causal waterfront dining and great local food
  • Just Grillin' West Bar and Grill - local food  
  • Patisserie Flindt
  • Café Indigo
  • Opa! Greek Restaurant (Limegrove Lifestyle Centre)
  • Italia Coffee House
  • Angry Annie’s – First Street
  • Ragamuffins – great local food
  • The Tides Restaurant and Art Gallery – waterfront fine dining
  • Bajan Blue, the Spa Café, L’Acajou – Sandy Lane Hotel – fine dining 
  • Bean ‘n’ Bagle coffee shop – West Coast Mall


  • Sea Spray Water Sports – jet skiing, water skiing, deep sea fishing
    Website: www.seaspraywatersports.com
    Phone: 246-249-5001
    Email: karen@seaspraywatersports.com

  • Team Baywatch Watersports – jet skiing, water skiing, glass bottom boat tours, water taxi service, live bait fishing
    Website: www.teambaywatch.com
    Phone: 246-249-5115 (Max) | 246-232-8157 (Mike)
    Email: teambaywatch@hotmail.com


  • Limegrove Lifestyle Centre
  • West Coast Mall (small strip mall) – Diamonds International, Little Switzerland, supermarket and local shops
  • Chattel House Village - gift shops
  • Sandy Crest 24 hour Medical Facility

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