St James, Barbados

Local Area

A mere fifteen minute walk from the magnificent West Coast beaches and a short ride to Holetown, Shades is ideally placed to enjoy everything the Platinum coast has to offer but just far enough away to provide a rural retreat when needed. Ideal for longer stays as really is a home from home. The cottage is only 100 yards from authentic local restaurant (Marshall's) and close to a local pizzeria and a general superstore (Shopsmart). It is an ideal location for those who wish to explore further afield and a car is advisable for a least some of your stay though there is a local bus service running to Bridgetown from outside Marshalls

St. James is located in the west coast of Barbados. There are many fine dining restaurants, as well as some good value local eateries and duty free shops. The coast is known as the Platinum coast and boasts fine white sand and gentle sloping beaches into the warm Caribbean Sea. The nearest beach is Paynes bay at the bottom of Holders Hill

The main town in St. James is Holetown, the third largest town on the island  historically of great importance and the first settlement area in Barbados in 1627.The original St. James Parish Church, was built in 1628 and rebuilt in 1789 after the original  was destroyed by a hurricane.

Just North of Holetown is Folkestone Marine Park, which is excellent for snorkeling, diving or a trip in a glass bottom boat or a trip diving with turtles

There is lots of duty free shopping available as the town has three shopping malls - Sunset Crest, Chattel House Village and the West Coast Mall selling designer clothes, tourist souvenirs and luxury items. Shopsmart is a supermarket/superstore only 5 minutes walk from the property and there are several food outlets in Holetown

There are some excellent world famous restaurants in Barbados, many of them in St james as well as lots of coffee shops and relaxed bars most of them beachfront. There is a variety of nightlife centred around local hotels and bars. Many bars and hotels have pools that are open to patrons as well as residents.