Formally settled around 1630, in the earliest days, Speightstown was the busiest port in Barbados. Nowadays, its’ historic background intermingles with modern properties and businesses, reflecting a developing country and its people. Speightstown is located in the Parish of St Peter along the north-west coast of Barbados. It is one of the three towns in Barbados (Holetown and Bridgetown being the other two.) It’s a charming, historic town with an intriguing history and characterful architecture with buildings dating back hundreds of years.
Take a walk along the street on the edge of the beautiful Caribbean Sea, and you’ll find local vendors offering fresh fruits and vegetables, fishermen unloading their catch and local characters taking a break and a bite to eat (maybe even a snooze) in the shade of the Esplanade.
There’s a great range of contemporary shops and restaurants, cafes, a bakery, and a fish market. If you require a little culture, you can visit the art gallery and there is even a museum (Arlington House). All of the up-to-date conveniences are available: banks with ATM, mobile phone outlets and shops selling camera and computer equipment.
It’s a lovely slow paced town, with much of its traditional, colonial charm still preserved.
Speightstown is a great place to stay for your Barbados holiday and we can offer various accommodation options. Queen Street is the main road through Speightstown and at the south end of this street, with breath-taking views of the ocean, you will find Oratory, a three-bedroom beach house. To the northern end of Queen Street is Turtle Beach, a charming two-bedroom apartment, overlooking the sea. Just a mile north of Speightstown you can stay at The Garden Suite, a very affordable studio with magnificent sea views and a private pool
Although Speightstown by day is a sleepy colonial market town, by night there is plenty to enjoy; with restaurants and bars, live music and dancing. The Fisherman’s Pub is famous for music and local food, West Indian curry being a speciality. Restaurants offer every type of food to satisfy all tastes. There is always freshly caught and prepared fish, including local lobster. Menus are modern, traditional, fine dining or more casual. Freshly baked pizzas and traditional spicy rotis are very popular as is the local beer and rum.
Port St Charles is just North of Speightstown and is a busy marina. Here you’ll be sure to see some of the most amazing yachts and sailing crafts. You can visit the restaurant at Yacht Club at Port St Charles; they offer an excellent Sunday buffet, in a magnificent setting, overlooking the Ocean.
The beach at Speightstown is perfect for swimming and paddling. The Caribbean Sea is calm and waves lap gently to the shore. From Speightstown you can enjoy a most pleasant walk along the beach to Port St Charles. It not unusual to see sea turtles in the water and the sandpipers skip along the shoreline. Waters sports are available, and you can arrange for speed boat trip or a jet ski ride.
To experience the true Barbados, its people and its culture, Speightstown is an ideal place to stay. Contact us to find out more about the properties available and to reserve your place in the sun.