Before I moved to Barbados I would visit Barbados. My favorite places to stay without a car in Barbados are as follows:
- St. Lawrence Gap
- Aquatic Gap
St. Lawrence Gap best area in Barbados without a car
It is one of the best-known areas of Barbados. It is affectionately known by locals and tourists as “The Gap.” Saint Lawrence Gap is located on the southern coast of Barbados along the island’s Highway 7 in the parish of Christ Church. It is one of the top entertainment and social scene here in Barbados. There are tons of restaurants for every budget and also nightlife.
These are some of the hotels in St. Lawrence Gap:
Things to Do & See
It’s great there are so many budget-friendly small and medium-sized hotels in this area. My favorite place to stay when visiting Barbados was Rostrevor. I loved hearing the ocean and the waves crashing. This small hotel is also affordable and has friendly staff. There are also so many scenic restaurants to visit.
To date, my favorite has been Castaway. The service and food were excellent. The views are amazing as you dine waterside listening to the waves crash. The day we visited there was also turtles. I also have been Yellow Bird hotel for breakfast. Such a lovely view seaview. Talk about nightlife it is great there are a couple of bars with music nightly. St. Lawrence Gap is great for solo travelers, couples, or for group travelers who don’t want to bother with renting a car.
Aquatic Gap best area in Barbados without a car
These are some of the hotels in Aquatic Gap:
Things to Do & See
Aquatic Gap is great because there are several beaches close by. The closest beaches are Browne’s Beach, Pebbles Beach, and Carlisle Bay. These are all my favorite beaches for kids (low tide), chairs and umbrellas, vendors (you must try Cuz fish cutter and a Bajan sno-cone (yes with condensed milk on top), and also lots of water sports. There is also the famous fish cutter stand called Cuz mentioned above. You should definitely check out this Bajan delicacy.
A popular dive shop is located on the Hilton site called Barbados Blue Water Sports. I have gone on the Turtle and Shipwreck snorkeling tour with this company. It was great fun for the entire family. The age range was from 3 to 70. The team was super patient, friendly, and very professional. We went snorkeling to several wreck sites in Carlisle Bay. In addition to snorkeling, they offer scuba diving.
There are several big chain hotels such as The Hilton Barbados and the Radisson. Island Inn is also located on this gap and it’s a small all-inclusive hotel. Another great feature of this location is that it is close to the city Bridgetown and also the Garrison. Both of these are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
In this area known as the Garrison, there is a historic horse racing grounds, Barbados Museum and Historical Society and George Washington House and Musuem. There are several take-outs restaurants at a small shopping outlet area called Lanterns which is a 10 minute drive away.
My favorite restaurant in the little outlet next to the Radisson is Sahara Arabic Grill. They have the best Middle Eastern food on island hands down. Additionally, there’s a great place to get Caribbean roti at the Indian Grill.
There’s a pharmacy in the outlet in case of any emergencies. Brown Sugar a long time favorite restaurant set in a beautiful garden setting. It is one of the most popular local spots for its Bajan lunch that serves authentic Bajan food. You should check this place out especially if you are a foodie like me.
One of my favorite high-end scenic seaside restaurant in this area is Champers. It consistently has great food and service. The ambiance is so beautiful hearing the waves crash and the coastal views from all areas of the restaurant. There is also an art gallery area showcasing local artist artwork.
The Hastings/Rockley area is also really close there are lots of shops, restaurants and more beaches in this area. In my opinion, Aquatic Gap is great for a family-friendly vacation. It is also perfect for those who are couples on a romantic vacation.