Adventures in the wild
Just a 10-minute drive inland from Heywoods Beach lies the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. This fantastic resource gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with some extraordinary flora and fauna.
Set deep in the mahogany woods you'll be able to see green monkeys, parrots and flamingos. If reptiles are more your thing, watch out for snakes, iguanas and turtles. Thankfully most of the snakes here are in an enclosed environment.
Barbados' natural pleasures don't stop here. Next door to the reserve, you'll be able to have even more fun at historic Grenade Hall and its surrounding forest. The building is an old signal station dating back to 1819, although it's been totally modernised and now offers some of the best views over the island. Follow the nature trails and learn about local medicinal plants, or simply relish the peace and tranquility of this forest.
If exploring ruins in fantastic surroundings is part of your holiday vibe, treat yourself with a visit to Farley Hill, only an eight-minute drive inland from Mullins beach. Here you can find an old ruined mansion dating back to 1818. The view from the hill's summit is majestic, you can even see the sea from here.
With its stunning surrounding park and ruins, it'll come as no surprise that Farley Hill is the setting for many of Barbados' most popular festivals throughout the year. Reggae on the Hill always attracts a lively crowd. Plan your holiday around the end of April to start of May to be part of it.
Stretch out on the beach
The west coast of St Peter is where most of the beach action takes place, and it's also where you'll find many popular tourist resorts. From the peace and tranquillity of Gibbes beach to the offshore dive site at Spawnee, it's no wonder St Peter's beaches are so popular.
Heywoods beach is another fantastic option for families, with many small rock pools all crying out to be explored, as well as a large variety of watersports on offer.
Speightstown is fascinating
The major town in St Peter, Speightstown, is well worth exploring. It's an excellent choice if you're looking to spend some time indulging in retail therapy, and it's also home to some stunning historical architecture. Located on the northwest coast of the island, Speightstown's roots go right back to the colonial days.
Once a lively port, the town has a more tranquil atmosphere today. Queen Street is best for shops and restaurants, while you can expect to see some awe inspiring architecture all throughout the town. With art galleries, cafes and the oldest church on Barbados, this is a lovely place to wander around and soak up the atmosphere.
Food for thought
St Peter has some fantastic natural produce that comes from its agricultural land and long coastline, which is used in the local cooking at restaurants around the region.
For laid-back ambience, cool prices and a fantastic view over the sea, the Fisherman's Pub serves genuine bajan food. Delicacies include sailfish, curried lamb and several varieties of local stew. The menus change on a daily basis, so a look at the specials board is recommended.
If you're looking for more of a relaxed venue, the wonderfully named Fish Pot in Little Good Harbour is the place to go for delicious seafood dishes at very reasonable prices. Just a six-minute drive from Speightstown, food here is something of an art form. Tuck into some exquisitely prepared lobster ravioli, or enjoy oven roasted sea bass while gazing out onto the ocean.