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St Philip is one of the eleven parishes (or districts) of Barbados, and is located in the south east of this beautiful Caribbean holiday destination. The region boasts some stunning beaches, including Crane Beach, which regularly tops polls for ‘most beautiful beach in the world’. The beaches along the east coast are wilder than those on the west coast of Barbados, with bigger waves and stronger currents – ideal for surfing, boogie boarding and confident swimmers. The parish of St Philip also boasts a clutch of handsome colonial mansions, including Sunbury Plantation House, and the famous Bushy Park racing circuit. There are no major towns in this green and rural region, but there are bars, restaurants and shops scattered around the area’s small villages and bays.
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We love spectacular Crane Beach for its swathe of rosy-hued sand
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Visit the Sunbury Plantation House to get to know the island’s history
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Your guide to St Philip holidays
St Philip is the perfect place to really kick back and relax on the gorgeous island of Barbados. Its beaches are simply spectacular: stunning swathes of sand overlooked by swaying palm trees and backed by coral cliffs. Crane Beach is the most famous, a picture-postcard beach that embodies the Caribbean idyll. There are lots of more secluded beaches to explore, including Bottom Bay and Belair Bay. The area is strewn with historic mansions: one of the most beautiful, Sunbury Plantation House, is now a fascinating museum. Ragged Point Lighthouse, at the eastern tip of Barbados, is closed to visitors, but offers amazing views over the coastline from the clifftop. You might also fancy a visit to the Bushy Park racing circuit, which hosts major motor racing events, but also has a karting track for kids, or the Foursquare Rum Refinery, which offers tours and tastings.
The beaches in St Philip are some of the most beautiful to be found anywhere in the Caribbean. Many of them are backed by coral cliffs, and feature fine sand beaches shaded by palm trees and mahogany trees. The most famous is Crane Beach, which is regularly voted one of the best beaches in the world. It’s a spectacular swathe of rosy-hued sand (the pinkish colour comes from the shells) overlooking impossibly blue waters. The Caribbean meets the Atlantic on this stretch of coast, meaning bigger waves and stronger currents than on the west coast, making them ideal for surfing and body-boarding. There are plenty of quiet bays to seek out, including Bottom Bay and nearby Harrismith Bay, as well as Foul Bay, which, despite its name, is breathtakingly lovely.
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