Holetown was the first British settlement on Barbados in 1625 and has since prospered into an exclusive resort town with luxurious spas, beachfront nightlife, fine-dining restaurants and boutiques. Nestled on the western coastline of Barbados, Holetown also delivers classic Caribbean delights, from golden beaches and vibrant snorkelling to historic churches and picturesque golf courses.
Things to do in Holetown
If you’re looking for all-day dining and late-night entertainment, stroll along First and Second streets that are lined with unique restaurants and bars. Enjoy authentic Caribbean dining at Surfside or delicious Asian fare at Lemongrass, before grabbing a cocktail at La Casa Del Habano Barbados or Red Door Lounge.
Time your visit to Holetown for the annual Holetown Festival in February, when the township comes alive with Caribbean music, parades and arts and crafts. You can also find locally-made artwork, handicrafts and boutique fashion at the colourful stores within Chattel Village.
If you prefer a more laid-back ambience, stroll along the waterfront on Holetown’s picturesque promenade at sunset. Alternatively, visit the tranquil Petrea Gardens to discover a lush botanical garden with sprawling lawns, native flora and ponds. It’s near Colony Club Beach, where you can embark on scuba diving trips with Hightide Watersports.
Don’t miss seeing the calm, azure water at Paynes Beach, one of the best spots in Barbados for sunbathing and swimming. If you want somewhere quieter, venture up to Sandy Lane Bay, which is surrounded by luxurious resorts. History enthusiasts can visit the nearby St James Church, known as “God’s acre”, as it is one of the oldest structures in Barbados and still has its original bell.
Getting around Holetown
Holetown is 35 minutes’ drive from Grantley Adams International Airport, which offers international flights. Public buses and taxis service the island of Barbados, but it’s better to have a hire car for more flexibility.