Holidays to Maxwell serve up one of the finest beaches on Barbados’ south coast. And you’re minutes away from the fishing town of Oistins and bubbly St Lawrence Gap.
On Barbados’ beach-spangled south coast, Maxwell reaps the rewards of being compact. All that separates this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cluster of hotels and condos from the Caribbean Sea is a shimmering swathe of white sand. If you’ve come to recharge your batteries, there are few better places for it. And if you’re looking to paint the town red, St Lawrence Gap is in walking distance.
Maxwell is one of the most unspoilt beaches on the entire south coast of Barbados – a half-kilometre blanket of white, sherbet-soft sand landscaped with palms and sea grape trees. It’s a well-known windsurfing hot spot, though that’s only part of its appeal. Hobie cats, boogie-boards and jet-skis are all available, too. Behind the beach are picnic tables where families eat lunch. And even if the sea gets its fair share of waves, it’s still definitely child-friendly.
Maxwell has just a handful of restaurants, a bank, a mini-golf course and few craft stalls. But just a couple of minutes’ drive in either direction are some of Barbados’ big personalities. To the west is St Lawrence, nightlife capital of the island, where rum bars nudge up against open-air nightclubs. And to the east is Oistins where on Fridays and Saturdays the Fish-Fry tees up tasty eats and lilting calypso rhythms.
Close to Bridgetown
Only a 10-minute taxi ride away is Bridgetown, Barbados’ dapper capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. For a spot of retail therapy, head to Broad Street where upmarket department stores and craft shops line the pavement. And if you’re a history buff, don’t miss out on the Garrison, the old British Army base. St Ann’s Fort and the Military Prison, now the Barbados Museum, are just some of the big guns here.
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