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St James has become renowned as a Caribbean playground of the rich and famous. Arguably Barbados’ most desirable district, the area boasts some stunning beaches and luxurious resorts. Home to some of the Caribbean’s most prestigious resorts, it’s no surprise that St James attracts some of the world’s wealthiest individuals.

As you explore the parish of St James, you’ll see grand colonial mansions perched above pure sandy white beaches. Situated on the area known as the Platinum Coast (owing to the well-heeled bunch attracted to the area), St James is the perfect place for anyone searching for the perfect designer holiday.

Hotels are typically laid back, 'boutique-y' and many have private beaches.The wealth of St James has helped it resist over-development, meaning it is one of the best places to seek out some authentic Barbadian charm.

Barbados, like most of the Caribbean is famous for its seafood. St James is no exception. Hotel restaurants are famously high quality and are great for guests seeking the ultimate in convenience.


Our favourite restaurants lie on the coast of St James, perched on small cliffs overlooking the ocean. These picturesque, laid back restaurants are a great place to try the local delicacy of flying fish, freshly steamed or fried on a bed of refreshing salad.


To wash it all down like a local, you’ll have to get yourself a delicious rum punch – though be careful as these are notoriously easy to drink!

The crystal clear waters surrounding the coast of St James are the site of the district’s greatest attraction. From Scuba diving to jet skiing, there is something to get everyone splashing about in St James.


Our top tip is to check out the Folkestone Marine Park. The park is an artificial reef formed in part by the deliberate sinking of the SS Stavronikita, a 365ft Greek freighter. The skeleton of the ship has now been colonised by a huge array of coral and other marine life, making it a great place to practise your scuba diving skills and to get up close and personal with some of the sea’s most incredible creatures.


For land-lubbers, there’s plenty of shopping on offer and cool beach bars to help you while the evenings away with a cheeky rum and coke.

Location of St. James

Key Facts

  • Language: English
  • Currency: Barbadian Dollar
  • Time Difference from UK: -4
  • Flight time: London: 8 hours
  • When to go: November - May