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Central Eastern Barbados

Central Eastern Barbados is the least developed and most scenic part of Barbados, and comprises the parishes of Saint Andrew, Saint George, Saint John, Saint Joseph and Saint Thomas. It's hilly with lush tropical gardens such as Andromeda, plantation houses eg Sunbury, green monkeys skittering about in the shrubs, and Harrison's Cave in the underlying limestone. The east coast is exposed to the full fury of the Atlantic, with big surf, and is too hazardous for casual beach and water sports. There is little accommodation, so it's more often an area to visit than to stay. Nevertheless if you do stay, you'll get the real feeling of a Caribbean retreat, a world away from the brash south & west coast hotel strips.

8.7km

13.204-59.547

Bridgetown

Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados. It's the only city, over half the island's residents live here, and many more commute in. It's a regular port of call for cruise ships and has good duty-free shopping. The well-preserved centre is attractive and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main sights in the city are the Careenage - the original harbour around the river - and Garrison Savannah the 18th & 19th-century military area a mile south.

14km

13.1-59.6
Sights

Morgan Lewis Windmill

Morgan Lewis Windmill, St. Andrew, Barbados is the last sugar windmill to operate in Barbados. The mill stopped operating in 1947. In 1962 the mill was given to the Barbados National Trust by its owner Egbert L. Bannister for preservation as a museum.

6.6km

13.26833333-59.575

Flower Forest

Botanical garden in St. Joseph, Barbados

6.7km

13.20333333-59.56694444

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Western Barbados

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Western Barbados is the area of Barbados that lies north of Bridgetown and comprises the parishes of Saint James, Saint Peter and Saint Lucy. This is the west-facing, most sheltered coast, so it's the best for family beach holidays, and has the highest concentration (and steepest prices) of hotels. Holetown and Speightstown are the two main settlements but it's basically one long ribbon development along the coastal Highway 1B. Tourist maps and similar literature often refer to the sea here as the Caribbean but that's 100 miles west, over the horizon beyond Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent. This here is the Atlantic and can get rough, but it's normally in the "Goldilocks zone" of being calm enough inshore for family bathing, yet lively enough further out for surfing, wind-surfing and the like.

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