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If you’re looking to escape the more commercial hub of Barbados life when choosing where to holiday on the island, then the smart money suggests setting your coordinates for the south-east side, as opposed to the north-west. While the latter is decidedly upmarket in appeal, in terms of what typical Caribbean destinations offer the discerning holidaymaker, the south-east is significantly more chillaxed, to coin modern lingo. The laid-back vibes associated with the area spread to the touristic perspective too, with those visiting this area often from the surfing communities and/or independent travellers who aren’t necessarily concerned with pinpointing the picture perfect beaches. Which incidentally, are just a short drive up the coast anyway, if you’re that way inclined.
Right at the heart of life and times on this side of the island of Barbados is the parish known as Christ Church, and if any one area defines the town’s stripped back approach and attitude then it’s the much-hyped St Lawrence Gap. To the uninitiated, this 1.3 kilometre stretch of road comprises of a raft of fine eateries, lively nightlife, good shopping opportunities and an eclectic choice of accommodation. And those who stay in Christ Church get to see the best of St. Lawrence Gap from the best seats in the house, so to speak. This trendy neighbourhood has more funky bars and top-tier restaurants than just about any other destination on the entire island. 'The Gap', as it is commonly referred to as, is a place where various cultures meet and merge, and it’s a unique experience that tourists are actively encouraged to sample for themselves whether staying here as part of their summer 2020 Barbados holiday or simply passing through.
Prices last checked at 09:00 25 January 2020