Barbados Area Map
Barbados is divided into 11 different regions, known as parishes, but most divide the flat coral island into five main areas.
Christ Church is generally the first parish visitors see, as it's home to Grantley Adams International Airport. Located on the island's southern coast, you'll find many of Barbados' restaurants, bars, hotels and tourist attractions in Christ Church. To the north sits the St. Michael parish, in which Bridgetown, Barbados' capital, is located. Bridgetown is home to the Parliament Buildings, as well as Queen's Park and the Kensington Oval, which has hosted the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup final. St. Michael parish is also home to several religious sites.
Holetown in St. James parish is where most of the island's luxury restaurants and hotels are located, along with Speightstown in St. Peter parish. At the northernmost tip of Barbados sits St. Lucy parish, which is characterized by stunning coastal cliffs and small ocean inlets like Cove Bay, Little Bay and River Bay. Harrison Point Lighthouse and the Animal Flower Cave can be found in St. Lucy.
Located southeast of St. Lucy, St. Andrew parish is known as the "Scotland District" because its landscape resembles Scotland. This parish is home to Farley Hill National Park, where festivals like Jazz on the Hill and Reggae on the Hill take place.
St. Joseph parish shelters Bathsheba, one of Barbados' most popular towns. Bathsheba is known for its white-sand beaches, on which crowds gather for the annual Reef Bowl surfing competition. The area's most popular beach is Bathsheba Beach. Bathsheba, which is located on Barbados' eastern coast, also has several mineral-rich pools. And in St. Joseph, visitors will find Hunte's Gardens.
To the south of St. Joseph is St. John parish, which is best known for its picturesque beaches and historical sites like Villa Nova, where the late British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden once resided. St. Philip parish, located in the southeast corner of the island, is known for other historical sites like the Sunbury Plantation House and Sam Lord's Castle. Barbados' first hotel, The Crane resort, is also located in St. Philip parish.
St. George and St. Thomas parishes make up for their lack of beaches with historical sites and museums. The parish of St. George is comprised of sugar cane fields and is home to the Francia Plantation House and the Gun Hill Signal Station, the latter of which was built in 1818 after a slave revolt. St. Thomas parish is home to Harrison's Cave, one of the island's most popular natural attractions.