Soak up the sun
Hastings beach is a flawless ribbon of white sand covered in washed up shells and coral. Although there are no sunloungers or umbrellas along this stretch of the coast, the numerous palm trees edging the sand offer welcome shade with the nearby promenade providing ample refreshment facilities.
The sea bed is quite rocky here and the lively surf is more suited to watersports than swimming. Local centres offer a selection of surfing, stand up paddle boarding, kite and wind surfing lessons.
The South Coast Boardwalk connects Hastings to Rockley. With a leisurely five-minute stroll you can arrive at Accra Beach, which offers a combination of watersports, beach bars, serviced sunloungers and calm swimming. The southern end of the beach is ideal for little ones, as there is a pool-like area protected by rocks, while older children may enjoy body boarding on some of the smaller waves.
Discover intricate coral reefs
No Caribbean holiday would be complete without taking a day trip out to sea to observe the diverse marine life on offer. Step on board a deluxe catamaran boat and cruise to to the intricately patterned coral reefs boasting triggerfish, eels and sea turtles. You can jump in the water and snorkel with these creatures up close or sit back and relax on board tucking into a delicious Bajan lunch with the Caribbean sun on your back.
Shop 'til you drop
Take advantage of our Barbados holiday deals and you'll be greeted whole host of fantastic shopping centres and department stores. In Hastings village you've got Lanterns Mall and Hastings Plaza where you can visit air conditioned couture outlets, hair salons and dining halls.
For hand–crafted souvenirs, take a five-minute stroll along the promenade into Rockley and you'll discover the Quayside Centre, which is also bursting with lunch and dinner options and popular with the local youngsters.
Over in the capital, Bridgetown offers up stylish department stores along Broad and Swan Street which is home to a branch of the renowned New York jewellers, Tiffany and Co. You might be tempted to treat yourself to something special as everything is offered at reduced, duty–free prices.
A taste of Barbados
Along the main road you'll find a myriad of authentic restaurants and waterside tavernas serving everything from fresh Bajan cuisine to British classics. You'll find upmarket, fine dining restaurants rubbing shoulders with down to earth, family run establishments offering homemade treats.
A night to remember at St Lawrence Gap
St Lawrence Gap is the pinnacle of nightlife on the south coast and a mere 10 minutes drive from Hastings. Venues range from old rum shops to open–air nightclubs with state of the art strobe lighting, live music from local bands and DJs spinning the latest international hits.
Along St Lawrence beach you'll find beach bars like Daddy's Restaurant and Bar, a quaint wooden shack serving beers, rum punches and barbecued seafood. Bustling with locals and tourists, these beach bars are a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and great if on a budget. At the other end of the spectrum, Sugar Ultra Lounge offers a classy, Ibiza style bar and club pumping out dance music until the small hours.