The West Coast of Barbados is famous for wonderful beaches and Mullins Beach is one of the best.
The nearby beach is ideal for everyone. The gently shelving fine white sand and warm waters make it perfect for young children while teenagers can take to a jet ski or enjoy other water sports from the beach. Royal Westmoreland use this beach for their beach club with attended service to some sun beds. For everyone else, there are plenty of beds and parasols to rent by the day with drinks and ice creams sold from a little kiosk on the beach.
The beach is perfect for a morning stroll before breakfast. Depending on the tide it is a lovely walk around to Gibbs Bay with the palm-fringed sands and turquoise waters looking at their best in the early morning light. To reach the beach from Ocean View, follow the short path through the gardens to the keypad entry/exit gate. The beach is then just across the road.
For a change, try the beach at Alleynes Bay slightly to the south and near to the Fairmont Royal Pavilion hotel and the Lone Star restaurant. Access is down a path next to Ju-Ju's bar with beds available to hire. Catamarans often moor here as it's a great place to go swimming with the local turtles.
Holetown, Speightstown and St. Peter
Mullins Bay is in the parish of St. Peter, just to the north of St. James. The main town in St. Peter is Speightstown (pron. spyts-town) which is the second largest town in Barbados. This is a very historical place and was once the busiest port on the island.
Today, it has taken on a more relaxed feel and is very pleasant to wander around with a choice of bars and restaurants, a bank and a Jordan's supermarket. Speightstown is home to St. Peter's Parish Church, which is one of the oldest in Barbados having been built in the 1630's.
To the north of Speightstown is Port St. Charles, an impressive development of town houses and apartments around a central marina. To the east, lies St. Nicholas Abbey, built in 1650 and apparently one of only three remaining Jacobean properties in the western hemisphere. The house is surrounded by 225 acres of sugar cane fields and is open to the public.
Holetown was the first settlement in Barbados and the main town in St. James, just to the south and 10 minutes' drive from Ocean View. As well as the new Limegrove shopping complex featuring luxury brands, Holetown offers a very good supermarket, a branch of Cave Shepherd (department store) and a number of individual gift shops in the colourful Chattel Village.
Bars and Restaurants
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to bars and restaurants nearby. We list below some of our favourites:
Mullins Bar & Grill: Just a short walk from the apartment, right on the beach and great for lunch or for a drink as the sun goes down (no food after 7 pm).
Bombas Bar: Also a stroll from the apartment. A local bar, right by the sea serving remarkably good food (including caribbean curry).
Ju-Ju's Bar: On Alleynes Bay, just to the south. Wonderfully informal and a great spot to drink a rum punch as the sun sets. Try the flying fish!
The Tides: In Holetown and one of our favourites. Super food and wonderful service.
Cin Cin: In Prospect, south of Holetown. Elegant, modern restaurant in a great location overlooking the sea.
The Cliff: Say no more... Costly but a great all-round experience.
Sports and Activities
Cricket is the national sport of Barbados and the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown often plays host to many international matches.
Golf can be enjoyed at a range of excellent courses on the island. Sandy Lane alone has three courses but Royal Westmoreland, Apes Hill and the Barbados Golf Club also offer challenging courses.
Polo is a very popular sport in Barbados and is played by international teams in front of significant crowds of locals and tourists. There are four polo fields at Holders, Lion Castle, Clifton and Apes Hill.
Fishing is as much a way of life as a sport for many Barbadians. There are many deep sea fishing charters available with a chance to catch Barracuda, Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado and Blue and White Marlin.