East Coast

The East Coast of Barbados is a rugged and picturesque stretch of coastline known for its dramatic landscapes, powerful Atlantic waves, and a serene, less-developed atmosphere. This area offers a more secluded and tranquil experience, making it a haven for those seeking a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the busier coasts.

Real Estate: The real estate scene on the East Coast of Barbados is characterized by a mix of charming cottages, villas, and eco-friendly retreats nestled within the lush, unspoiled landscape. Properties in this area often feature stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and are designed to blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings. This region is popular among nature lovers and those seeking a more secluded, serene lifestyle.

Main Towns / Villages

  1. Bathsheba: Bathsheba is perhaps the most well-known village on the East Coast. It’s famous for its striking rock formations, pounding surf, and a beach often frequented by surfers.
  2. Cattlewash: Located just north of Bathsheba, Cattlewash is another picturesque village known for its long stretches of untouched beach.
  3. Tent Bay: A small fishing village situated between Bathsheba and Cattlewash. It’s known for its fishing industry and offers a glimpse into traditional Barbadian life.
  4. Belleplaine: Slightly inland, Belleplaine is a small village known for its scenic views and access to the famous Andromeda Botanic Gardens.
  5. The Parish of St. John’s: Is the easternmost parish of Barbados and encompasses much of the East Coast. It includes areas like Bathsheba, Cattlewash, and Belleplaine.

Beaches: The East Coast is known for its rugged beauty and powerful surf. Bathsheba’s “Soup Bowl” is a world-famous surfing spot with its massive waves and striking rock formations. While not ideal for swimming due to strong currents, the beaches along this coast are perfect for long walks, beachcombing, soaking in near to shore reef pools at low tide and appreciating the raw, unspoiled natural beauty of the island.

Restaurants: The dining options along the East Coast are more limited compared to other parts of the island, but they offer a unique and authentic experience. Local eateries and beachside cafes serve up traditional Bajan cuisine with a focus on fresh seafood. The laid-back atmosphere and warm hospitality make dining in this region a genuine and memorable experience. A couple of our favourites are: Zemi East Coast Cafe, on hillside overlooking Bathsheba.  The Restaurant at ECO Lifestyle & Lodge.

Shopping: The East Coast is not known for its shopping scene, as it caters more to the natural and adventurous side of Barbados. Visitors looking for local crafts and souvenirs can find small shops and markets that offer handmade goods and artisanal products. The grocery in Belleplaine will stock essentials.  This area is more about immersing oneself in the natural surroundings rather than indulging in retail therapy.

Activities and Leisure: The East Coast offers a range of activities for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Hiking trails like the ones in the nearby Scotland District provide opportunities to explore the rugged terrain and enjoy panoramic views of the coastline. Additionally, the nearby Andromeda Botanic Gardens offer a peaceful retreat for those interested in exploring the diverse plant life of the region.

Overall, the East Coast of Barbados provides a unique and tranquil escape for travellers seeking a more natural and unspoiled experience. It’s a place where the raw beauty of the island takes centre stage, offering a serene retreat for those looking to reconnect with nature and enjoy a peaceful, secluded lifestyle.

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