Holidaymakers looking for an area by the Atlantic Ocean with fantastic beaches and magnificent views will not be disappointed by St Joseph in Barbados. This parish is located on the eastern side of the island and is a great location for many exciting attractions. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, apartments, cottages and guest houses.
In the parish of St. Joseph there are some coastal places with white sand beaches making them ideal for sunbathing. Natural pools formed at Bathsheba beach make for good swimming areas. This coast is great for surfing as well and other parts of the island offer great fishing, waterskiing, windsurfing and diving.
Golf is very popular here and there are several courses on the island including the Sandy Lane Golf Club and the Barbados Golf Club. The island has some wonderful places for hikers, horse riders and cyclists to roam with some organised walking trips arranged free of charge. Cattlewash has a wonderful landscape for hikers and is an ideal place for beachcombing, while Hackleton’s Cliff offers amazing views of the eastern coastline.
The main town of the parish is Bathsheba where there are restaurants and bars as well as local rum shops. Self catering holidaymakers can purchase food and drinks from local stores and Tent Bay has a fish market. The main shopping area of the island is in the capital, Bridgetown but souvenirs and gifts can be found at the Bathsheba Community Centre.
There are two notable botanic gardens in the parish well worth a visit, which are Flower Forest and Andromeda Gardens. A short trip to the capital Bridgetown offers plenty of history and interesting sites such as the Parliament Buildings.
Visitors will also find a few museums on the island such as Barbados Museum, Sir Frank Huston Sugar Museum or Arlington House Museum. There are some other very interesting historic buildings worth visiting on the island including Fisherpond House, Codrington College and Blackman’s Bridge.
The temperature on the island remains fairly constant throughout the year with an average daytime high of 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit. The dry season is January to June with tropical rainstorms sometimes in the hurricane season between June and October. However, the rain normally quickly passes to be followed by sunny weather again. Hurricanes normally avoid Barbados as well. Between January and March holidaymakers can expect approximately 10 hours of sunshine per day, but the rest of the year will not be much lower than this.
Grantley Adams International Airport is approximately 30 minutes drive from St. Joseph and is served by many regional and international carriers. Flights go to and from airports such as Frankfurt, London-Gatwick, Manchester, Miami, New York JFK and Toronto-Pearson amongst other international cities. LIAT andCaribbean Airlinesrun daily inter-Caribbean flights to most of the neighbouring islands. Taxis are available from outside the airport building and car hire companies offer pick up services from the airport including Car Trawler, Courtesy Rent a Car, Drive a Matic, Elite Rent-a-Car and Stoutes Car Rental.