Barbados is one of the Caribbean island nations in the Lesser Antilles, about 104 miles directly east of the island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, with Grenada and Lucia on either side. Visitors come here for a typical Caribbean beach holiday in the Americas, with exotic music, seafood, brilliant weather, and white coral beaches and coral reefs. In general, the climate is milder than most of the Caribbean islands. Barbados is outside the Atlantic hurricane belt, so it is pretty safe and open all year round. The island population across the 11 parishes is closing in on 300,000, with one-third of the people in the capital of Bridgetown. Get a car for hire in Barbados and explore Bridgetown and nearby tourist hotspots like St Lawrence Gap and Oistins.
The entire city and the garrison close by have been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. The best way to see it is to get a car for rent in Barbados and poke around Broad Street, where you will find all the duty-free shops and the parliament buildings. Opposite the parliament is National Heroes Square, with the statue of Lord Nelson from 1813. Other attractions in the city include the Bridgetown Boardwalk and Chamberlain Bridge. If you have time, visit St. Michael's Cathedral and the Jubilee Gardens. Brandons Beach is a great place to visit just a short hop from Bridgetown Harbor and the cruise terminal. The Boatyard on Carlisle Bay is an entertaining beach with a holiday vibe.
The Gap, as it is known, is where people come to party when they are in Barbados. It is a ten minute drive from Bridgetown on Highway 7. The Gap is just a road along the coast in Christ Church Parish, but packed to the gills with all kinds of restaurants, bars, clubs, and entertainment outlets. The party begins at sundown and does not stop at places such as the Reggae Lounge, Lipgloss, and Sugar Ultra Lounge. Tourists may enjoy shopping at the Chattel House Shopping Village. Get a taste of the seafood at the Pisces or Harlequin restaurants. Dover Beach, St. Lawrence Bay, Turtle Beach and Rainbow Beach are beaches close to the Gap.
Further ahead past St. Lawrence Gap is Oistins, a fishing town on the south coast on Oistins Bay. You cannot visit Barbados and not get a taste of the fish fry in Oistins. It is grilled or fried in front of you, and you get a fish platter filled with everything from tuna to flying fish and marlin. The best beach in Oistins is Miami Beach. You can walk out to the pier, watch the spectacular sunset, and feed fish scraps to the turtles.
Apart from Bridgetown, St. Lawrence Gap, and Oistins, there are plenty of other destinations on Barbados. Book your car rental in Barbados right and figure out a plan for a coastal drive. You can barrel down the west coast on either side of Bridgetown and have a great time. You have St. Lawrence Gap and Oistins in the southern region, while Holetown and Speightstown on the north are major tourist hotspots. If you drive straight across the island to the east coast, the best place to visit is Bathsheba.
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