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Rockley Beach

Rockley Beach Holidays

If you're looking for a laid-back holiday to Barbados, Rockley Beach is the place for you. This small resort town is clustered around a white-sand bay, where turquoise sea meets cobalt sky. It's the perfect spot to relax and unwind. When you've had your fill of relaxation, stroll down the nearby promenade or take a short walk to the town of Hastings where there are plenty of bars, restaurants and attractions to keep you entertained.

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Life's a beach

Rockley Beach holidays are all about hanging out on the beach. The town is located on Barbados' picture-perfect southern coast, and its beach is one of the best there is. Picture a curve of soft, white sand fringed by palm trees, and lapped by water that's as clear as glass. Look closely and you'll see turtles swimming under the waves.

You'll often find the beach delightfully free of crowds – but that doesn't mean it's lacking in amenities. You can rent out sun loungers and parasols, and head to the Tiki Bar for food and refreshments, such as rum punch. Or enjoy some of the watersports on offer, including snorkelling and jet skiing.

Travel in either direction down the coast and you'll soon find other picture-postcard beaches, each with their own unique attractions and atmosphere.

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Down on the boardwalk

A wooden boardwalk runs along the side of the beach. It's a great place for a stroll, with the ocean on one side and palm trees, luxury hotels and exotic flowers on the other. There's nowhere better to watch the sun set.

It's a 20-minute walk to Hastings, a colourful town which also boasts a picturesque beach and a surprising amount of cultural attractions.

As you arrive in town you'll find the ArtSplash Centre, where there's a café, art gallery and play park with zip lines. The centre also hosts a farmers' market on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Here, you'll be able to browse for handmade souvenirs and Caribbean dishes like tiki pies. The kids can play for free whilst you shop.

Another interesting attraction in Hastings is the George Washington House. As the name suggests, George Washington stayed here for two months before he became US president – it's the only foreign destination he ever visited.

When the sun goes down

Rockley Beach is a laid-back town, but it still has a thriving dining scene. A cluster of restaurants serve everything from tasty pasta meals to contemporary Asian cuisine. You'll also find lots of Caribbean restaurants serving traditional dishes such as jerk chicken, barbecue ribs and cou cou (cornmeal and okra) with the tropical delicacy of flying fish.

There are several nightlife options available, including some chilled-out beach bars. The Accra Hotel & Spa offers a varied programme of entertainment, from fire-eating shows to limbo competitions. If you're looking to party, head to Lucid, an upmarket club that attracts locals and tourists alike.

Head further afield

Rockley Beach is conveniently located within a 15-minute drive of the International Airport. It's also only a 10-minute taxi ride to Barbados' thriving capital, Bridgetown. This UNESCO-designated city has some striking architectural features, including one of the oldest synagogues in the Caribbean.

Bridgetown also offers some great shopping opportunities, with markets selling hot sauce, hand-carved toys and other souvenirs. It's also the home of the Mount Gay Rum Distillery, where you can taste Barbados' most famous export. And when it comes to nightlife, Bridgetown knocks it out of the park. Party the night away at the city's reggae bars and beach front clubs before hailing a taxi back to Rockley Beach.

The best of both worlds

Rockley Beach holidays offer you the best of both worlds. Spend long, lazy days on the beach or visiting nearby cultural attractions in Hastings or Bridgetown. Evenings can consist of sunset strolls and romantic dinners, or partying hard in a beachfront bar. However you choose to spend your time in here, you'll leave feeling totally relaxed.