Holidaymakers looking for a beautiful place to stay in the West Indies with wonderful views need look no further than St. John in Barbados. This beautiful parish is located on the eastern side of the island and is a great location for many interesting attractions. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, holiday homes and condos.
The parish of St. John has some great sandy beaches to relax and enjoy the sun such as Bath Beach and Conset Bay. The gentle waters at Bath Beach in particular are ideal for swimming with an offshore reef great for divers. Plenty of other watersports are available in the area including surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, water skiing and sailing.
The Barbados coastline provides some great fishing, where holidaymakers can catch barracuda, tuna and marlin amongst other species. Golf is popular sport here and there are several courses mainly to the west of the island including the 18-hole Apes Hill Golf Course. There are some wonderful places for hikers, horse riders and cyclists to explore with organised walking trips arranged free of charge.
Numerous bars and restaurants can be found in the parish with lots of fresh seafood offered in the coastal towns. Self catering holidaymakers can purchase food and drinks from the supermarkets and grocery stores. The main shopping area is in the capital, Bridgetown but craft and gift shops can be found elsewhere in St. John.
There are a number of interesting places to visit in and around St John including St. John Parish Church and Codrington College. The latter sits on a hill and provides great views of the east coast. The lighthouse at Ragged Point, which is the most easterly part of the island, also provides spectacular views. Nature lovers may like to visit Ashford Bird Park in St John or in the parish of St Joseph is the beautiful Andromeda Botanical Gardens with over 600 species of plants. 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 and historic buildings on the island such as the Barbados Museum and Sunbury Plantation House.
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 (BGI) is approximately 25 minutes drive from St. John and is served by many regional and international carriers. Flights go to and from airports such as Frankfurt (FRA), London-Gatwick (LGW), Manchester (MAN), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK) and Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) amongst other international cities. LIAT and Caribbean Airlines run 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.