Holetown Barbados

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The small village of Holetown is located in the parish of St James on the west coast of Barbados in the middle of the most popular tourist area of the island.

On the main road through the village there is a small shopping centre with a supermarket, a bank and a few other shops and services including a police station, internet cafe and a post office. On 1st Street and 2nd Street you will find plenty of choice of local restaurants and bistros serving a variety of cuisine.

Holetown Barbados


At the northern end of the village and just over a small bridge is the St James parish Church which was originally built in 1628 just 3 years after the island was settled and it is still one of the oldest buildings in Barbados after having been rebuilt in 1680. Some of the first settlers are buried in the churchyard dating back 350 years.

A short walk to the south of Holetown is the Chattel Village with it's vibrantly painted replica chattel houses (shops) with a food store, newsagent, a cafe and some boutiques.

Other sights and nearby attractions include the Folkstone Park and Marine Reserve, Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum, Harrison's Cave, Sandy Lane Bay and Sandy Lane Hotel, Mullins Bay and the Welchman Hall Gully.

Holetown Beach (Heron Bay) Barbados Holetown Monument Barbados
Holetown Beach (Heron Bay) Holetown Monument


Holetown history: The British landed at Holetown Barbados in 1625 and the first settlement on the island was here. Originally called Jamestown (after King James I) the name was later changed to "Holetown" after small stream "The Hole" that provided a safe landing for ships.

In the centre of town the Holetown a monument commemorates the first settlers and John Powell who claimed the island of Barbados for the British. This is also celebrated by the Holetown Festival which takes place in February.

St James Church Holetown Barbados

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