Restful Retreat on Barbados's Beautiful West Coast
Located in a palm-fringed fishing village on Barbados’s west coast, the Little Good Harbour hotel is an oceanfront sanctuary. Just off the beach, you’ll find the property’s one-bedroom cottages adorned with gingerbread balconies and plantation shutters, surrounded by tropical gardens and Romanesque-inspired pools. Inside each cottage are chic, weathered furnishings and full kitchens, which come stocked with goodies such as local beers and marmalade jams.
Down the beach from the cottages is Fish Pot restaurant, which is set in a converted 18th-century fort. It’s one of the most celebrated restaurants in Barbados; it recently received recognition from Fodor’s Choice. The chef here gets his fruits and vegetables from a hydroponic farm nearby and fresh seafood from a fish market 10 minutes away. Enjoy simple seafood dishes such as baby clams in a creole sauce, or grilled lobster medallions drizzled with spinach pesto and gazpacho. This deal package includes one two-course dinner for two. Feel free to reserve an oceanfront table out on the terrace for your meal.
Little Good Harbour takes a bit of a hands-off approach for its guests so they can relax and idle the day away in peace, take private surfing lessons with an in-house surfing instructor, or rent snorkeling equipment at the front desk.
Barbados’s West Coast: Snorkeling and Scuba Diving near Geological Wonders
Sherman is a small fishing village located on Barbados’s northwest coast. Set on the Caribbean side of the island, the region’s warm waters and golden-sand beaches make it an ideal spot for swimming, sunning, and a range of watersports. Scuba divers and snorkelers can explore flat coral reefs and preserved shipwrecks, which shelter more than 50 varieties of tropical fish. It’s also possible to set out on a number of charter-boat trips. On a sailboat cruise, you’ll see the island’s famous sunsets; or, cast a line out for marlin, sailfish, and tuna on one of the year-round fishing excursions.
Situated about a 20-minute drive inland, Harrison’s Cave is filled with a stunning collection of stalactites and stalagmites. An electric tram takes you through the cave’s limestone grottoes, past emerald-green pools and a 40-foot waterfall. Also worth a visit is St. Nicholas Abbey in the parish of Saint James. Built as a private plantation home in 1660, this Jacobean mansion sits on a 350-acre estate surrounded by sugar-cane fields and a renowned rum distillery. A ticket grants you entry into the main house, which is decorated with antique furnishings and dolls that date back to the 1800s.
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