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BARBADOS - Sightseeing tours
Since the mid 60's this coast has seen a boom in construction, creating some of our most prestigious hotels and restaurants.
Amazingly they can be seen speckled between the original brightly painted chattle houses of the local Bajans, who despite been offered a fortune to move have insisted on staying and spending the rest of their days watching the sun sink into the same sea that their forefathers did generations before them.
In the grounds you can find a large concrete wicket which was erected in 1995 to mark the spot where the ashes of our famous cricketer Sir Frank Worrell lies.
Matches are normally held on Sundays and start around 4.30pm. International visitors create an exciting match atmosphere and teams come from as far afield as the UK.
Visit our great Polo Holiday site...
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The grounds and gardens of this fabulous 18th century plantation house erupt in March for two weeks with theatre, opera, jazz and classical music.
Traveling north the coast road is overhung with lush vegetation, we now enter the gold coast!
Great beaches, rustic beach bars and fab night life...
Many stores from Bridgetown have opened branches in this popular shopping area. Visitors and locals alike can be seen here mingling amongst the various shops.
Sunset Crest experienced a face lift in the late 1990's and its Super Centre has installed the first on-line shopping service in the Caribbean.
Groceries on-line with free delivery.
After swimming and diving on the west coast why not check out some great shops clustered here... Lazy Days, founded back in 1978 as an excuse to go surfing everyday, Lazy Days has gradually gained a reputation for excellence in swimwear, beachwear and surfwear, beach toys and games, surfing hardware and accessories; everything you need to make your stay in Barbados, at the beach and in the surf, the best experience possible.
The original chattel house, is a unique feature of Barbados, a product of the cultural side of sugar and the emancipation of slavery.
There was originally a great need for the freed plantation workers to have houses that were easily assembled and taken down so they could move from plantation to plantation.
Resulting in these flimsy looking houses perched up on, sometimes nothing more than, a few rocks.
It acquired the name "Holetown" due to the inlet from the sea where the early settlers could off load and clean their ships. It reminded them of the 'Hole' on the River Thames in London.
Today Holetown is the third largest town in Barbados. A thriving little town buzzing with tourist and locals alike. There is a post office, police station, shops and banks including supermarkets and souvenir shops, it is almost an entirely self-contained community.
In 1905 an obolisk was erected to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the first settlers. Unfortunately the historians got it wrong and were 22 years out with their calculations! It didn't seem to dampen the celebration festivities and wasn't corrected until 1977 to mark the 350th anniversary.
Holetown is the site of the annual, Holetown Festival a colorful local festival of crafts, music, and historical parades!
One of the old mural tablets within the church is one commemorating Sir John Gay Alleyne, who is famous for his work in the House of Assembly.
The land east of Folkstone House has been developed by the Rotary Club North and transformed into a well equipped play area for children. Changing facilities are available and it has become a popular spot for visitors and locals.
Established in 1997 it extends down the coast as far as Sandy Lane. There is a 'recreation zone' here visitors can see the different types of marine life, such as sea anemones, fans, sea lilies and coral that surround our beautiful shores.
The Marine Park was created by the sinking of the Stavronikita marine fauna and flora now inhabit the sunken wreck and it has been transformed into a scuba divers paradise.
The Marine Reserve houses a Visitors Centre which includes a museum and saltwater tropical aquarium. Opened Monday-Friday 10.am to 5.pm
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The National Trust Open Day scheme allows this beautiful house to be seen by the public.
Traveling north along the Highway , just prior to entering the parish of St. Peter, there is a turning to the right taking you inland to Westmoreland. Turning right and heading south along the Highway 2A you will travel down the inner aspect of St. James.
Visit our golf holiday and real estate site
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