The small village of Hastings in Barbados promises beautiful tropical beaches and great surfing in the Caribbean Sea. Located on the vibrant south-western coast of the Caribbean island, a holiday in Hastings is the ultimate beach getaway. Whether you're looking for a romantic hideaway or somewhere to enjoy quality time with family and friends, a cheap holiday to Hastings in Barbados will provide the perfect island retreat.
With its stunning white sand beach, good surfing waters and relaxed village atmosphere, Hastings is the ideal destination for visitors who want to experience the beauty of Barbados without the hustle and bustle of the main resorts.
This Bajan village is sandwiched between the island’s capital of Bridgetown to the west, with its party-town neighbour, St Lawrence Gap to the east. Hastings stands out from these two towns, with it can stretches of beaches, coral reefs and friendly locals.
Shoppers will find everything they need within walking distance of the beach, plus a huge choice of clothes, souvenirs and crafts down the road in Bridgetown, while those searching for entertainment once the sun goes down will be spoilt for choice with holidays in Hastings.
Hastings is a beautiful little resort for those who want to relax and enjoy their holiday away from the larger crowds, like you might find at resorts such as St. Lawrence Gap.
Barbados’ colonial past is most evident at the Garrison in Bridgetown’s old British military area, five minutes outside Hastings. The UNESCO-protected buildings comprise of the Garrison Savannah and 18th century St Ann’s Fort, as well as a 30-acre horserace track. The Garrison is also home to the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, which exhibits everything from historical maps of the island and Amerindian artefacts.
On Hastings Main Road, you’ll find Bajan kitchens and other authentic restaurants, as well as shopping outlets. The Hastings Plaza and Lanterns Mall provide great shopping, but if its local souvenirs you’re after, head to the Quayside Centre in Rockley for hand-crafted gifts.
Nature-loves will be in their element at the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary near Maxwell Coast. Here you will find plenty of mangrove trees and get the chance to go bird watching.
Freshly caught seafood and calypso music feature high on the menus of the many local restaurants and bars. Bajan cuisine is like no other and features past and present recipes, along with a glass of Sorrel. With strong English, Indian and African influences, combined with locally grown produce, you can expect to taste a mix of flavours on your holiday in Hastings.
Known as "The Land of Flying Fish" Barbados is known for its fresh fish and seafood, namely cou-cou and flying fish the national dish. Meat will also feature on menus in Hastings, as will a variety of vegetables like, cassava, okras, sweet potatoes, yam, eddoes and scotch bonnet peppers, for their famous hot pepper sauce.
Living up to its name, Tapas on Hastings Main Road serves delicious Asian and Mediterranean tapas alongside the south coast's boardwalk. Meanwhile, on Skeetes Hill you will find Champers, one of the best restaurants on the south coast. This waterfront eatery serves large portions of fresh seafood with outstanding views.
Offering long pristine beaches and adrenaline-fuelled water sports, Hastings is an exciting family destination. While the kids are getting wet and wild in the warm water, parents can relax on the beach and soak up the unique Caribbean atmosphere.
For those families looking for a real adventure, inland from Hastings is a natural hilly paradise, waiting to be explored on foot or by car. Take a guided tour and hike through cane fields, tropical forests and coastal communities to explore the unique geography of the surrounding area. Or for a gentler pace, take a walk on the Barbados Boardwalk which leads along the south coast of the island and passes stunning beaches.
For budding pilots, the Barbados Concorde Experience at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Christ Church is a day out to remember. The whole family can discover the workings of the British Airways Concorde G-BOAE and learn about the technology behind it. The simulator will allow you to experience how it felt to fly in this amazing aeroplane.
Action & Adventure
Although Hastings is a small resort there are plenty of opportunities to try your hand at a few water sports like jet skiing, kayaking and even kite surfing. For the ultimate day out, take a catamaran cruise, swimming with turtles and schools of brightly coloured fish is simply unmissable.
If you’d rather catch the fish, then you can grab a fishing rod and cast from the rocks or go to the end of a pier. Better still, you can book a trip and spend your day catching bigger fish like kingfish and marlin from a deep-sea fishing boat.
Visit the nearby Graeme Hall nature sanctuary and explore the last remaining mangrove swamp in Barbados complete with rare endangered species. Or walk from Hastings Beach to Rockley Beach on the South Coast Boardwalk. Meandering along the coastline, this wooden path connects the two resorts’ beaches.
Hastings' main beach is Rockley beach, which attracts a few surfers but is generally a haven for those who just want to relax in the sun. Just a short journey away is the bustling cosmopolitan beach at St. Lawrence Gap. This is the place to be seen and boasts a glorious stretch of golden sand and crystal-clear water. For something a little more adventurous head to Bathsheba Beach, grab a board and try to tame the waves.
Collect the shells and coral that wash ashore from the reefs, take part in some water sports or take a trip to the nearby capital of Bridgetown. Beach holidays here are popular with couples and families alike, with the village's beautiful stretch of white sand offering both quiet spots for sunbathing and a good range of facilities.
A few miles out of Hastings is the magnificent Accra Beach. This popular beach has a huge expanse of white sand and is perfect for people watching.
Calypso and reggae music drift out on the breeze all over Barbados, with music and dancing part of the local culture. Therefore, nights out in and around Hastings are bound to be full of excitement.
When the sun goes down on your Hastings holiday, you’ll get a much more laid-back vibe from all the beach bars. Cocktails and sunset are the order of the evening, with neighbouring St Lawrence Gap providing livelier nightlife. The best club on Hasting Main Road is Lucid, which looks out to the beach. Popular with young Bajans you can expect plenty of noise, plus the odd theme night.
The Gap’s strip of rum shacks and nightspots stay open until the early hours, rocking to the beats of island music. Nearby Bridgetown also boasts many bars and clubs which stay open late for party goers, like open-air beachside Tiki Bar which has a huge cocktail menu and serves the best Pina Coladas in Barbados.
Imagine waking up to the warm caress of the Caribbean sun, with palm trees whispering while the coves beckon. Dreamy sands stretch out before you and a gentle breeze cools you. You and your partner can have all this and more on a Hastings holiday.
With this wonderful wake up call, inviting you live out your dreams, you can begin your day in paradise.
As the island of musical rhythms and hypnotising dance, there are many ways you can fall in love with each other again, starting with the views. The outstanding natural beauty of Hastings welcomes all seeking a romantic escape. It’s no wonder so many couples choose to get engaged or married here.
Find a secluded beach to stroll hand in hand along or book a table at a beachfront restaurant and gaze out at the wonderful Caribbean Sea. At night, you can watch the starlit sky on a cloudless night enjoy a romantic sunset cruise along the coast of Barbados with the one you love.
Hastings’ culture centres on its plantation past that brought the West Africans and Europeans to Barbados since the 17th century. You can see the area’s rich history in the colonial buildings.
In the island’s capital, Bridgetown, just a few minutes south of Hastings, you will find some amazing historical places, including George Washington House, Gun Hill Signal Station and the Parliament Buildings.
Elsewhere on the coast sits Barbados’ first light house, South Point in Christ Church. The landmark can easily be seen from many points along the south coast of the island, so is well worth a visit on your holiday to Hastings.
Within the prestigious Champers restaurant, is the unique On The Wall art gallery, featuring original paintings and other works of art on Skeetes Hill in Christ Church. Why not make a meal of it and dine at Champers, then enjoy the art work upstairs afterwards.