Holidays to Hastings are a sophisticated cocktail of tropical beaches and upscale shopping malls, with a splash of history at the UNESCO-protected Garrison enclave.
No matter where you stay in Barbados, a Cruise & Stay holiday to this Caribbean island is sure to delight. The pristine white beaches, chilled vibe and fantastic watersports scene make Hastings one resort that should feature at the top end of your holiday wish list.
Small town, big personality
You’ll find Hastings tucked away on the southern coast of Barbados, just a few minutes’ drive from the centre of Bridgetown, the island capital. In a region filled with luxury resorts, spectacular beaches and energetic nightlife spots, Hastings truly holds its own. Take a Cruise & Stay holiday here and the unbeatable tropical scenery, sublime cuisine and authentic Bajan way of life will all charm you.
Blue water and beautiful beaches
In this part of the world, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches. For sunbathing and paddling there’s Hastings Beach, with its shallow turquoise waters and immaculate sand. Further east, Rockley Beach promises bigger crowds, higher waves and better swimming — not to mention plenty of opportunities for watersports. To get the best out of these gorgeous waters, book yourself a boat cruise and do some turtle spotting.
Lively town life
The centre of Hastings may be small, but it hustles and bustles with activity. The main street cuts through town, running parallel to the beach, and is dotted with traditional Bajan kitchens, bars and restaurants. Sample the local fare in town — flying fish and cou cou being a staple dish on the island — and then walk off dinner along the Richard Haynes Boardwalk. This wooden walkway runs along the coast and is the perfect place to watch the sunset.
Bridgetown and beyond
To get the full Bajan experience, spend a little time exploring the region around Hastings. Drive into Bridgetown and you can admire the old colonial buildings, shop until you drop on Broad Street, take a diving tour of shipwreck-strewn Carlisle Bay and savour the local liquor at the Mount Gay Rum Distilleries. For the ultimate night out, it’s all about St Lawrence Gap, which lies 10 minutes east of Hastings. This strip is renowned for its dynamic bar and club scene.
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Crop Over, Bridgetown
This festival to celebrate the end of the sugar season has been going on since 1780. At the Kensington Oval cricket ground…
Unwind on Rockley Beach
Rockley Beach, five minutes’ walk from Hastings, is a spectacular curl of white sand, fringed by swaying coconut and casuarina…
See the sights in the Garrison
Bridgetown’s old British military area – known as the Garrison – is Hastings’ next-door neighbour. Get to grips with Barbados’…
Sample Bajan cuisine on Hastings main road
If you want to get the lowdown on Bajan cuisine, you’ve got plenty of options in Hastings. Some places serve up rotis, acurry-filled…
Stay out late in St Lawrence Gap
St Lawrence Gap, a five-minute taxi ride away, is jumping most nights of the week. Walk from one end of the strip to theother…
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