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Thinking about where to buy a vacation property in the Caribbean? It's hard to resist the tropical splendor of Barbados. With a high quality of life, plenty of local culture and cuisine, beachfront living, top-rated golf courses and a variety of sports, the East, South and West coasts of the island have their own characteristics, pace and activities.

With near-perfect weather year-round, Barbados is home to pristine beaches and a wide range of activities both on and off the water.

Barbados’ annual calendar of events reflects a rich cultural tapestry, that includes carnival, a food and rum festival and many music festivals. When it comes to sports there is a lot to choose from and a number of international tournaments and competitions are held on the island including cricket, car racing, horse racing, polo, sailing and surfing. If you enjoy playing golf, the island has several exceptional courses including The Royal Westmoreland, Sandy Lane Golf Club and Apes Hill Golf Course.

The West Coast

Often referred to as the “Platinum Coast,” the West Coast, is the embodiment of luxury Caribbean living. This area boasts some of the island’s most beautiful white sand beaches and gorgeous sunset evenings for owners of beachfront properties, or those with residences at Port St. Charles Marina. The West Coast is also where many of the island’s top golf courses are located. The Sandy Lane Golf Course, The Royal Westmoreland and Apes Hill are world-class courses and have some of the most desired homes and condominiums on the island.

The South Coast

Barbados’s South Coast, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, is also where everyday life meets laidback surfer vibes. Historic Bridgetown, The Garrison Savanna and the boardwalk at Hastings Rocks are some of the South Coast’s best-known landmarks. Easy to navigate and with access to most services and amenities, there are many fine-dining restaurants on the South Coast as well as outdoor cafes and beachfront pop-up vendors. The south coast is popular for watersports activities. Scuba divers and paddle boarders gravitate to the tranquil Carlisle Bay, while surfers head further up the coast. Situated along this coast are many beachfront condominiums, townhouses and vacation homes to choose from.

The East Coast

Rugged, rustic and relaxed best describe the east coast of Barbados. It is the least developed part of the island with dramatic views of large waves from the Atlantic Ocean rolling onto shores with beautiful rock formations. This coast is home to breathtaking sunrises. Surfers from around the globe flock to the Soup Bowl in Bathsheba throughout the year, while nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts head to Coco Hill Forest to soak in its splendor or Peg Farm for camping out. Renewable energy and conservation are very much on the agenda here. The East Coast is where people come to unwind, breathe in the salt air and rejuvenate. Because of its remoteness, most of the properties are wooden beach houses, compared to the luxurious amenities on other parts of the island.

If you think Barbados is where you want your piece of paradise, you will need to chose which part of the island fits your lifestyle, and what type of property you can afford. The more research you do and questions you ask early on in your home buying journey, the more likely you will be to find the right property for you and your family.

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