Holetown Travel Guide

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    St. James Parish Church
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Holetown Things to Do

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    by briantravelman Updated Jun 1, 2015

    The first Methodists arrived on Barbados in 1789, with the intent on Christianizing the island's salves. However, their early efforts were unsuccessful, and after 2 decades, they had just 30 converts. In addition, their efforts were not welcomed by the plantocracy, who viewed them as being anti-slavery. In 1823, their first meetinghouse, the James Street Church, was burned to the ground, by an angry mob. After this event, several attempts were made to outlaw the religion entirely.
    However, the plantocracy's attempt to abolish the religion backfired, as it actually inspired people to start converting, and by 1848 there were over 5,000 Methodists on Barbados, as well as 8 chapels, and 4 churches, one of them being the Holetown Methodist Church.

    Although it looks like an old, traditional Barbadian church, this church is actually quite new, by Barbadian standards.
    One of two historic churches located in Holetown, this small, but charming church, was only built in 1912, therefore it doesn't have as much of a history or significance, as the religion itself. However, it is still impressive, and is one of the town's most notable landmarks. Because this is a Methodist church, and not an Anglican church, which you typically see on the island, the architecture is very different, than that of most churches you see on Barbados. Although many of the island's Anglican and Methodist churches incorporate Gothic features, no where are they as prominent, as they are here, and it won't take long to notice them. In fact, if it weren't for the palm trees and hotels, one might easily think they're somewhere in medieval Europe. It's a bit sad that most passers by, don't even give this church a second glance. Even if you're not interested in the church, from a historical stand point, it's worth at least stopping to take a picture, as from an architectural stand point, it is one of the island's most impressive churches, and by far its most impressive Methodist church.

    As much as I love when old style is incorporated into new buildings, the church's crumbling stone architecture, may easily fool you into thinking it is older than it actually is. The only thing that's clearly modern, is the metal roof.
    Several maps and guidebooks incorrectly label this church as the St. James Parish Church, which is actually much older, much larger, and far more impressive. That one is located further in town.
    Unfortunately, this was the one church we visited on the island that wasn't open. This was very strange, considering we were there on a Sunday, but I'm still glad we got to see this magnificent structure, from the outside.

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    This small monument can easily be overlooked, as it's not exactly eye catching. Visitors can easily walk by and not even take a second glance.

    This small and unimposing obelisk in the town center, was erected in 1905 to honor the 300th anniversary, of the first English landing on the island, which took place on one of the nearby beaches. At least, that was its intention. The monument is off by 2 decades, as it was erroneously engraved with the year 1605 as the landing date, rather than 1625. In fact, not only does it have the wrong year, it also has the wrong month. In addition, the obelisk also has 1905 as the anniversary date, rather than 1925, which would've been the actual 300th anniversary. No one is exactly sure how these errors were made, or why they were never changed, but they continue to mislead uniformed tourists, who do stop to read it. Thankfully, there are several online sources that point out the error, and at least state the correct year. It does actually make for an interesting, and funny story. At least they got the name of the ship right.

    In addition to the mismarked obelisk, there is also a neat display of antique cannons, which could date anywhere from the 17th-19th century.

    Since the obelisk is misdated, and not very eye catching, it's really just worth stopping to take a picture of the cannons, which are really neat.

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  • Holetown Hotels

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Holetown Hotels

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  • The Sandpiper

    Holetown, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Mango Bay Resort All Inclusive

    2nd Street, Holetown, Barbados

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Discovery Bay By Rex Resorts

    St. James Beach, Holetown, Barbados

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Discovery Bay Beach Hotel

    St. James Beach Holetown Barbados, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Settlers Beach Hotel

    Holetown, St. James Beach, Barbados

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Holetown Transportation

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    by gaia1969 Written Oct 4, 2004

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    You can get to Bathsheba from Holetown quite easily. Take the bus to Speightstown and then from Speightstown to Bathsheba (9am from Speightstown). They are really cheap and you get to see lots of locals this way.

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Holetown Shopping

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    by grandmaR Written Jun 9, 2004

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    In addition to the Super Center in Holetown (which we went to looking for cheap sunglasses) there are other supermarkets in Barbados.

    On the west coast: Jordan's Supermarket (Payne's Bay), Esso AutoMart (Payne's Bay).

    On the south coast: Big B Supermarket (Worthing), Julie 'N Supermarket (Worthing).

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Holetown Warnings and Dangers

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    by briantravelman Written May 19, 2015

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    I know this pretty much applies to anywhere, and we normally take the right precautions, but here, we let our guard down a little, and almost paid the price.

    We ran into these two local guys on the beach who were smoking ganja. They were actually really friendly, and told me where a good snorkeling spot is. We moved to the spot they recommended, set our stuff down, where it was close enough to see, and went into the water. Next thing we know, these same two guys for no apparent reason, relocate themselves, and literally sit down, right next to our stuff. We got out of the water and quickly went back to our stuff, and they eventually left. After that experience, neither of us went into the water, unless one of us stayed with our stuff.
    We were later joined by a couple from Canada, who were taking the same precautions.

    I'm not saying these guys were thieves, but their behavior was enough to arouse that suspicion. Maybe it was the drugs.Thankfully no items were stolen, but this was a real wake up call, that you can't let your guard down even for a minute, even if the coast, in this case literally, seems clear.

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Holetown Tourist Traps

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    by gaia1969 Written Mar 15, 2005

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    The rastas at Paynes Bay may offer you "smoke or coke". Once you refuse they will not hassle you again. The rastas seemed like good guys. There is a nice coral reef just off the shore at Paynes Bay where i swam with turtles, squid, and lots of amazing tropical fish. You may also get offered some natural aloe vera plant for your sunburn. I got some quite cheap on the beach and it was good stuff.

    Unique Suggestions: Paynes Bay beach is next to Sandy Lane beach. The vibe is easy going and down to earth. Best coral reef is at Folkestone Park at the other side of Holetown

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