If you are familiar with Barbados or have visited the country before, there is a good chance that you are familiar with the beautiful Sandy Lane area. This area is named after the prestigious hotel that is located there, though it is really I the parish of St. James. The nearby areas are Paynes Bay, Fitts Village, Batts Rock Bay, Holetown, Folkestone Marine Park, and Alleynes Bay, with all of these areas found in the West Coast of the country. If you are unfamiliar with this area and plan to take a trip to Barbados, this is an excellent area to consider.
The original resort, Sandy Lane, has been in business for over fifty years. It is one of the finest resorts in the Caribbean and is known for housing celebrities and even royalty. This resort is located directly on the beach and has a list of amenities of its own. However, it is important to note that many of the visitors to the area pass up on staying here and opt for the seclusion of the many private villas you can also find in the area.
Though the beach is named for the resort, there are other housing options available in the area as well. Also, the beach itself, like all beaches in Barbados, is completely public. There are often beach chair vendors available there that you can rent and use during your stay. You can usually rent umbrellas as well to protect you from the tropical heat to enjoy your beach day.
The beach itself is large enough to house several visitors without feeling too crowded. You will fall in love with this stretch of gorgeous, well maintained, golden sand. Of course, if you have ever been to the area, you know that the Caribbean Sea is one of the most crystal, beautiful waters you can swim in. Plus, it is sheltered in a small bay which gives the area even less waves and is almost always calm for a relaxing swimming area.
These calm waters make the area an excellent place to enjoy a variety of watersports in addition to the obvious swimming. It is a great place to see the tropical fish and other sea creatures through snorkeling. Also, many love to hire out jet skis or other sailing crafts and get deeper in the water for some more adventurous fun. Of course, you can always just enjoy a relaxing day in the sand and keep an out for any of your favorite actors, singers, sports players, etc. who may be passing by during the busy season.
Another important feature to note is that between July and October, you can often see Hawksbill turtles nesting on this beautiful Barbados beach. Of course, you should avoid any nests you see for the safety of the turtles, but there are few things better than watching them make their journey to sea. Also, some have been lucky enough to swim alongside some of the larger, friendly adult turtles. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and a great teaching experience for children of all ages.
Obviously, if you are staying in the area, you will want to do more than stay at the beach all day. Though there are not a lot of restaurants in the smaller Sandy Lane area, there are several in the nearby Holetown area. You can find more casual beach bars that are great for a quick lunch or a fun evening out, but you can also find higher end restaurants that are a great date night for honeymooners. Plus, you will find many stores in the area that are known for their duty-free shopping.