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74

Sightseeing

Barbados is a neatly packaged bundle of variety with a compelling range of scenic

surprises around every corner so be sure to hire a car and go exploring!

Touring the West & North

Holetown, in the parish of St. James, is the site where John Powell landed in

1625 to claim Barbados in the name of England’s King James. Just north of

Holetown is the architectural gem of St. James Parish Church, which stands

on one of the oldest parcels of consecrated land on the island and is often

referred to as “God’s acre”. Many of the original settlers and a number of

prominent Barbadians were laid to rest in the church and adjoining graveyard.

Tours are offered Monday to Thursday from 9am - 1pm.

Nearby, Gibbes Beach and Mullins are perfect for a swim and a bite to eat

either at the colourful and very laid back,

Bombas Beach Bar

or the buzzing

Mullins Beach Bar

. A few miles further north is the quaint little seaside town of

Speightstown. There’s a wonderful, salty charm here in the historic buildings,

the shaded esplanade and waterfront boardwalk, colourful roadside vendors

and fish market. A visit to Arlington House Museum gives an introduction

to this old port town’s role in Barbados’ sugar industry and the trade with

England. On the upper floors, kids will love the chance to captain a ship and

meet a pirate! And art lovers will really enjoy a walk around the impressive

Gallery of Caribbean Art

.

There are a number of good restaurants in the area where you can grab a

casual bite and a cold drink before moving on.

Jana Krenova