West Coast Beaches
Barbados' beaches are known around the world as vacation hotspots, and the west coast is known as the 'Platinum Coast'. Running north from the capital Bridgetown, are numerous luxury beach resorts resting along the shore of the clear warm Caribbean waters that lap gently onto golden sands. Some of the most popular beaches for swimming and sunbathing are Batts Rock and Paynes Bay in the St James parish, or Mullins Bay and Heywoods in St Peter. Hotels here bear exotic names like Treasure Beach, Smugglers Cove, Mango Bay and Discovery Bay. Treasure Beach at Paynes Bay, St James, for example is a tranquil luxury hideaway famous for its Bajan cuisine and freshwater swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens beside the turquoise sea.