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Barbados, the island that so many love has an appeal throughout the year. With the tourist season
running from January to June and temperatures ranging from 24 to 29C throughout the year it really
does have a lot to offer to beach lovers. During the off season it can rain heavily but the downpours tend
to be swift and short. Although the Caribbean is known for hurricanes it is very rare for the island to be
hit by one.



For holiday-makers from the UK now is a good time to be going to Barbados because the islands
currency, the Barbados dollar (BBD), is fixed to the US dollar so with exchange rates so good there is
value to be had if you go; especially while the Euro is strong.



Banks and ATM’s are freely available and cash withdrawals can be made. British nationals do not require
a visa for stays shorter than 6 months and travel can be made with just a valid passport.




The Barbados West coast is known as the 'Platinum Coast'. It is this area that VIP villas have the majority
of their West Coast villas Barbados really is a luxury destination and this area is a high end tourist
destination.



Running north from the capital Bridgetown, are numerous luxury beach resorts nestling along the shore
of the clear warm azure waters that lap gently onto golden coral sands.



Beaches

Barbados is a relatively flat island with an abundant supply of large gradually sloping coral beaches
fringing the land.



In the North, coral and sandstone cliffs jute straight out of the sea reaching several hundred feet in
height. Cliffs of 50 to 100 feet rise and fall along the coast, separated by small coral beaches and bays.
On the flatter South West and West coasts, you can walk for miles along unbroken white sand beaches,
stopping only to admire clusters of coral rocks jutting out to sea. All along the coast large and small
beaches are broken by coral formations, the soft coral rocks weathered by the Caribbean surf, forming
abstract monoliths punctuating the seascape.



Barbados is a coral island and its beaches are made from finely ground coral, a clean fine grain. Few
beaches are not very fine sand. Generally if there is a beach on the shore, it is beautiful sand. Here are
my top ten beaches that are a must for all tourists who love to enjoy paradise.



1 Bottom Bay

Just north of the famed Sam Lord's Castle, this bay is protected by large cliffs. A private, wide sandy
beach lined with palms, bottom Bay has a true Robinson Crusoe feel to it. Crystal clear waters, medium
waves, slight undertow, and a good picnicking spot.



2 Crane Beach

Originally a harbour, Crane beach is considered by many to be one of the island's most beautiful
beaches. It was voted as one of the ten best beaches in the world by ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’.
The name "Crane" was derived from the large crane situated at the top of the cliff which was used for
loading and unloading ships in years gone by. Bigger waves make it good for body surfing, but in the
cove to the left there is safe swimming close to shore.



3 Church Point

A very special beach. Clean, not very wide and somewhat sheltered, the waters are almost always placid
with no undertow and good snorkelling. This beach is in front of the stunning Heron Bay House, which is
almost as beautiful to view as the pristine beach it looks upon.



4 Long Beach

This is the last in the island loop, and stretches for more than a mile, a great find since it is secluded and
private. The nearby long Beach Club has facilities, otherwise, this is a fairly private setting.



5 Dover Beach
Lying at the Southern end of the St. Lawrence Gap 'strip' this is a popular beach among visitors to the
south coast. Medium waves and a number of facilities close by add to its appeal.



6, Cattlewash

This by far the longest beach on the island. Its rough and rugged splendour make it a popular sightseeing
and relaxing spot. It is several miles long and very often deserted, so care needs to be taken when
swimming, as the waves and undertow currents are very strong. Ask the lifeguard on the beach for
advice. It is a perfect location for nature lovers. Interestingly, this beach was christened "Cattlewash" as
it was the bathing spot in days gone by for herds of cattle which were shepherded down the hills from
neighbouring villages.



7 Bath

One of the few truly 'safe' swimming beaches along the entire Atlantic side. There is usually a lifeguard
and there are parking, changing, picnic and eating facilities. Medium to small waves and slight undertow
close to shore make this a good swimming beach. Best swimming is off to the left of the beach bar



8 Mullins Bay

This is another popular hang out, a picturesque bay with a nice, placid beach almost all year round.
Plenty of facilities, from parking and eating, Mullins is also a very good snorkelling area. VIPvillas.com
have numerous Villas on the beach here.



9 Folkstone beach

The beach is in St. James Parish, lying one mile north of Holetown, and is the home of the Folkestone
Marine Park. There are many water-related activities, along with fresh water showers and shops. There
is an interpretive centre and museum with marine and coastal environment displays, exhibits of the
island’s fishing industry and a salt water aquarium. The underwater park zone extends from Sandy Lane
to Colony Club and you can rent snorkeling equipment around the fringe reef, or hire a boat for diving.



10 Sandy Lane Bay

The beach of Sandy Lane, the island's most opulent resort is home to Villas on the beach Barbados.

This is a long, wide beach which is in pristine condition and well-maintained.
There is a public access to the beach at the south end of the hotel. Since it sits in something of a bay, the
beach is nicely sheltered with little wave movement most of the year and no undertow. Quite literally it
can be a VIP spotting beach with many a celebrity holidaying here.

So why not take a trip to and stay in a West Coast Villa Barbados has many that are the most luxurious
that you are likely to find.



Generally the seas on the West coast are the calmest, but good, safe, quiet swimming is available in the
many tranquil bays along the South West and the South that touch the Caribbean Sea. If you like calm
waters with a soft sandy bottom, then the West Coast is probably the best of these conditions.

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