Suggestion for a hotel/condo/VRBO property on the beach & walking distance to amenities. Also would you recommend doing all inclusive or not?
No not AI in Barbados! -- it is Known as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean - so a big part of most people's stay is the opportunity to dine out at night at one of the many many many restaurants and bars etc that are on the south or west coasts --- Barbados is Not Known for its AIs - other than Sandals they are not the type of AIs which one finds on Mex - the DR Cuba - Jamaica etc - most have only One dining room and bar -- very laid back none of the 24/7 activity you may expect
Would you want a condo on the calmer west coast? or the south coast?
home of the National underwater marine park at Folkestone - if you like lazing and snorkeling etc.. the hub on the west coast is Holetown with many many many restaurants and bars
the seas are generally more active south coast --- there is a huge variety of bars and restaurants and more late night nightlife in the StLawrence Gap which is the hub on the south coastEdited: 24 February 2018, 06:58
it is difficult to answer the self catering, hotel vs AI without knowing what type of holiday you are looking for. ASO has provided a good explanation on why many do not choose AI and various locations on the island. If you prefer AI as it sets a pre determined budget as opposed to safety then really it is your choice. You will not find many of the full AI on Barbados outside of sandals. If you prefer self catering this is a perfect island for it, whether you choose a hotel or condo as it is easy to get around and relatively safe. Both west and south coasts have many properties. Personally we find the south coast offers many more properties that are a bit cheaper for beachfront accommodation than the west coast. Off the beach there are many more first rate properties on the west coast than the south. Post more information when you narrow down your choices, and what your budget range is. You will then get many suggestions.
Budget and time of year when you will be travelling would also be helpful
Bear in mind that groceries in Barbados are probably quite a lot more expensive than at home. My daughter found this out in Dec! So maybe take a few staples like dried pasta, tea, coffee etc with you. We are going half board as we need to watch our budget but also enjoy eating out and supporting local restaurants.