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Probably one of the largest parishes in Barbados is that of St. Peter. St. Peter actually spans the length of the west to the east coast which means more variety of places and things for you to get involved with.
Wherever you are in St. Peter, it is hard to ignore the beauty that is around you, one that is filled with white sandy beaches which is an interesting contrast to the greenery provided by the rolling hills. Yes, beauty abounds here, one that you cannot easily pull yourself away from it's no wonder that people who visit St. Peter eventually purchase their own holiday home so that they can visit more often.
Even during the hot months or dry season as it is called, St. Peter has a moderately coolness that makes getting around even more comfortable. On this side of Barbados, you get to see towns that are steeped in history, some of which still have old buildings on their narrow streets to prove it. St. Peter is also the location for the lone marina called Port St. Charles Marina, a place which plays host to many boats and even yachts on a regular basis.
One of the major towns in St. Peter is Speightstown, a town that is quite popular for not only its port but also its commercial locations. Speightstown was named after William Speight who owned the land there and was a member of the first Barbados Assembly. There are many old buildings in Speightstown that still exists from the colonial days, one of which is Arlington House.
Today commercialism is alive in Speightstown, just take a stroll down the major streets and you will see vendors plying their trade selling a variety of items.
Elsewhere in St. Peter there are notable tourist attractions that you can visit such as St. Nicholas Abbey. St. Nicholas Abbey is touted as one of the more popular landmarks in Barbados. This is a mansion that has an exquisite design style reminiscent of the 17th century which emphasised the Tudor style among others. St. Nicholas Abbey was built circa 1600s by Colonel Benjamin Berringer and it was also the location of a sugar plantation. Even today those who visit the Abbey can view a film which gives viewers a look at life on a sugar plantation. It is definitely worth seeing.
Another old mansion that has been transformed into another place of interest is situated at Farley Hill National Park. The Farley Hill that you see today is actually as a result of a fire which ruined a Georgian mansion back in 1965. Today the National Park is used for many open-air concerts such as Jazz and Gospel music shows as well as it is the perfect place to stage an enchanting wedding and to enjoy a picnic as well.
For a holiday away from the madding crowd, one where there is not much going on in the form of nightly entertainment and partying, then you would want to visit St. Peter in Barbados. This is just the place that you would want to visit when your body yearns for that ultimate relaxation within a luxurious atmosphere.
Your holiday kicks off to a beautiful start the minute you depart the Grantley Adams International Airport and head to your hotel or holiday apartment. If money is no object on your holiday, then you would enjoy your stay at Port St. Charles which is not only a marina but it is also a luxurious holiday complex filled with villas and apartments. Yachts can be seen at the marina from your bedroom apartment and among some of the perks of staying at Port St. Charles you can enjoy amenities which include a hairdressing salon, use of exercise equipment, tennis courts and a yacht club.
For a quaint accommodation that is reminiscent of old English country living, you would definitely enjoy staying at the Cobblers Cove Hotel which is situated on the Cobblers Cove Bay. This hotel also has great amenities which include live entertainment and a wellness centre. Heading to the beach is a favourite past-time in quiet St. Peter and you have quite a few lovely beaches to choose from. There is Mullins Beach which is situated some few minutes away from Speightstown. Mullins Beach is quite popular with visitors especially those who are into water sporting activities. Another great place for water sports and of course swimming around is Cobblers Cove, where you are sure to see beautiful white sand at this bay. The water is very clean and clear for bathing and visitors who go there are always impressed with how peaceful the bay is.
If you are fond of larger sized beaches where you can essentially be in your own little world without too many people flooding in and out of your space, then you would love it at Heywoods Beach. The backdrop at Heywoods Beach consists of trees in abundance which is the perfect companion to the golden sands that you would see there. Even if you are travelling with children, they would delight in swimming around in the small rock pools at the beach.
After you soak up some sunshine on the beach, get dressed and head out to get some shopping done for there are many stores in St. Peter that offer duty-free shopping. One of the ideal places for shopping is in Speightstown. As a developed shopping haven, you can get just about everything that you need for yourself while on holiday or souvenir items to take with you. Downtown in Speightstown you can get everything from locally made clothing to jewellery, baskets and mahogany carvings. In between your shopping spree stop at one of the fruit vendors and enjoy an apple or an orange or maybe try a tropical fruit or two.
Even if you work up an appetite while out and about, you can spend the rest of the evening at one of the many restaurants in St. Peter which offer everything from local to International meals and fast food as well.