Geography of Barbados.
The Caribbean island of Barbados is one of the worlds best loved and most fashionable holiday destinations. This small coral island just 16-21 miles is similar in size to the Isle of Wight in the UK. As holidaymakers, you need not travel far to experience the natural attractions on offer. A strong British influence is retained here, with place names such as Brighton, Beachy Head, Hastings and Yorkshire still in existence. And you'll even find high tea still served at many of the elegant hotels!

As one of the most easterly of our Caribbean islands, Barbados has a population of some 280,000. It is made up of 11 parishes each with its own individual characteristics. Although there are many structured tours available, the fun way to see the island is to explore it yourself. By hiring a car you have the freedom to let the real Barbados unfold it's identity to you personally. As you discover the island you will notice the dramatic changes in scenery when you pass through little villages with pretty chattel houses and cane fields with the old colonial style plantation houses still dominating the landscape.

Barbados has three quite distinctive coastlines :-
the fashionable West Coast has the calmest of beaches with long sandy stretches bordered by many luxury hotels. The gentle Caribbean Sea protected by corals reefs is ideal for watersports,
the South Coast provides ideal choppy waters favoured by the 'boogie' board enthusiasts as well as powder sand beaches. With St Lawrence Gap nearby you are never too far away from the next bar or restaurant,
the East Coast is scenic and unspolit with Bathsheba providing you with an awesome view of the powerful Atlantic Ocean. Swimming is not permitted along this coastline. The sophistication of the West Coast contrasts starkly with the rugged Scotland District on the East Coast.




Moneypenny's Hot Spots:

Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, St. Michael
- historical home of the 'Windies' cricket team

The Sandy Lane Hotel, St. James
- the most famous in the Caribbean set in exquisite marble surroundings with spectacular beach views

Cobblers Cove Hotel, St. Peter
- enjoy English afternoon tea from 4pm till 5pm in this elegant English style country house

North Point, St. Lucy
- the very tip of the island with excellent Atlantic views and great photographic opportunities

St Nicholas Abbey, Cherry Tree Hill, St. Andrew
- a fine example of Jacobean styling built in 1650 and is thought to be one of the only three Plantation Great Houses of that period.

Harrison's Cave, St. Thomas
- tranquil waterfalls and streams trickle among the stalagmites and stalactites of this natural cave, a rarity in the Caribbean.

Bathsheba, St. Joseph
- The Bathsheba ‘Soup Bowl’ hosts The World Pro Classic Surfing Championships every November.

Crane Beach, St. Philip
- voted one of the top 5 beachs in the world; a must see!

Gun Hill Signal Station, St. George
- built in 1818 this station is home to a fascinating collection of military memorabilia and a famous coral stone lion.

St. John's Church
- this classic church built in 1836 overlooks the picturesque East Coast.

Oistins Bay Gardens, Christ Church
- an ideal location to savour some of the local cuisine 'al fresco', very popular with tourists and locals.

St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
- the heart of the island nightlife with a selection of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

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