The parish of Christ Church Barbados is one of the eleven parishes to be found on this Caribbean island.
It is located at the southern tip of the island and is bordered by St. Philip to the east, St. Michael to the north-west and St. George to the north.
Christ Church in Barbados is notably one of the liveliest areas on the whole of the Barbados island.
One of the most notable towns in Christ Church is Oistins which used to be the capital of the parish and is a very busy fishing centre.
It is also home to the only airport on the island, Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados, which lies just within the boundaries of this parish and the parish of St.Philip.
There is also a myriad of different types of accommodations for visitors to be found in this southern parish as it is renowned for its beaches, nightlife and food.
This means that if you choose to spend your vacation in this Barbados parish, in the majority of cases you will be a very short ride from the airport and your accommodation.
The Town of Oistins
When staying in the parish of Christ Church Barbados, a visit to the town of Oistins is an absolute must.
This town gives a sense of the real Barbados as it is as laid back as you can get. There are opportunities to see fishing nets being made and local fishermen working on their colourful boats.
This Barbados town is very important in the history of the island as it was here that the battle between the Roundheads and the Royalists supporters took place in 1639.
This battle was due to the island wishing to be independent from England and led to the drawing up of the Articles of Agreement in this Barbados town. This allowed Barbados to have its own parliament for the first time.
The Beaches Of Christ Church Barbados
The long stretches of white sand are one of the biggest draws for visitors who come to stay on this Caribbean island. The parish of Christ Church Barbados is renowned for having some of the best beaches, which is why there is ample accommodation to be found throughout this parish.
The best thing about the beaches in Christ Church is that they give you an excellent balance between the playful Atlantic Ocean waves, which are suitable for all ages, and the calming waters of the Caribbean Sea, which are fantastic just to relax in.
Miami Beach, which is sometimes called Enterprise Beach is a hidden gem in Christ Church. This Barbados beach is found steps away from Oistins.
This beach is a lovely stretch of white sand and the water is usually very calm with the odd wave adding a bit of excitement to the swimming experience.
The beach never seems to get overly crowded, especially during the week, and only fills up at weekends with mostly local residents and the few tourists staying nearby.
Another beautiful beach in this Barbados parish is Dover Beach and is situated within the popular area known as St Lawrence Gap Barbados. The sand here is still milky white and covers a much larger area than Miami Beach, with calm seas to swim in.
This beach also provides a variety of watersports for visitors to enjoy and there is a playing field directly across from Dover Beach where you may occasionally be able to catch a cricket match.
Accra Beach is one of the longest beaches to be found on the south of the island and is a very popular place with residents and visitors alike.
The waves of the sea here are very calm on the southern end of the beach and bit more lively and playful on the northern end, making it a haven for those who love beach activities such as snorkeling and boogie-boarding.
Golf Facilities in Christ Church Barbados
As with most of the parishes on Barbados, Christ Church gives you access to some top-class golfing facilities.
Located in Durants, Christ Church is the renowned south coast Barbados Golf Club, refurbished in 2000 to make it one of the most environmentally friendly, yet challenging courses in the Caribbean.
This course is 6,805 yards in distance, has 18 holes and is a par 72 golf course open to anyone of any handicap. This is the most popular 18 hole golf course on the island's south coast.
There are also facilities available at this course, including a pro shop and a club house with bar and restaurant.
Also within Christ Church Barbados is The Rockley Golf And Country Club.
This golf course features 9 holes and is a 70 par course, which presents a challenge at every hole for golfers. The 5th hole is particularly tricky as it is a 456 yard Par 4, with a narrow fairway, sloping green and bunkers!
Facilities available here include a club house with its own bar and restaurant as well as a pro golf shop.
Affordable Accommodation in Christ Church Barbados
As mentioned there is a variety of accommodation available for visitors to the parish of Christ Church. No matter what your budget or preference for accommodation type, be it family villa or luxurious condominium, there is something for everyone in this Barbados parish.
One such option is the Accra Beach Hotel. This Barbados hotel is a 4 star accommodation with very affordable rates and caters to families. There are 2 swimming pools, beautiful gardens and a fully equipped gym. This hotel is also right on the beachfront of the beautiful Accra Beach.
Another option is the Little Arches Intimate Boutique Hotel.
On the doorstep of Miami Beach, this small, adult-only hotel is perfectly designed for tranquility and romance. Among its facilities is a mini-spa, a swimming pool, a rooftop café and guest lounge.
The Blue Horizon Hotel is perfect for those who love a bit of colour and spice in their life. This accommodation stands out with its vibrant decor and has a very fun, inviting atmosphere. Facilities available here include a pool, a snack stall and a bar, and this hotel is right across the street from Accra Beach.
A great choice for the visiting family, who wishes to be near to Oistins, is the Bougainvillea Beach Resort. Here you can opt for a studio or suite with available amenities such as a fitness centre, a games room, a beauty salon and several swimming pools.
The Turtle Beach Resort is another very popular choice for families vacationing in this Barbados parish but want to be closer to the nightlife of St Lawrence Gap.
Guests at this resort can also enjoy immediate access to Dover Beach, as well as facilities such as tennis courts, Jacuzzi, swimming pools and a modern fitness centre.
Close to the Garisson Savannah Thoroughbread Horse Racing Track is the Savannah Hotel Barbados.
This accommodation has a traditional feel with the main building being over 200 years old. Amongst the facilities available here for guests to enjoy are a freshwater pool, an outdoor pool, a theatre and a gym.
Dining Out in Christ Church Barbados
Barbados is full to the brim with exciting places to dine out during the day or evening.
A visit to the town of Oistins is a must as it has one of the most popular attractions on the island, The Oistins Fish Fry. This event happens every Friday night and welcomes guests as well as native Barbadians.
As soon as you arrive at The Fish Fry you will be whacked with wonderful smells of frying food, traditional and lively music, and a party atmosphere that is second to none.
There is plenty of seating provided and you can take in the relaxed way of life here whilst sampling some delicious fish such as tuna, flying fish and marlin.
There are also regular stalls set up that sell a wide range of local arts and craft items as well as one-off paintings, prints and clothing.
One of the most popular restaurants on the south coast of the island is Champers Restaurant.
Located close to the Blue Horizon and Accra Beach Hotel, this restaurant has a reputation for serving quality food at reasonable prices. The menus are extensive and you can feast on a variety of Bajan food and some international cuisine.
For a outdoor evening dinner a visit to the Just Grillin’ Open Air Grill and Bar is a must. Located at the Quayside Centre and directly across the street from the Accra Beach Hotel, this grill is noted as one of the best open-air establishments on the island.
Guests can enjoy a range of food here from fish to grilled steaks, all served with a variety of side orders, such as a salad or grilled potatoes.
Shopping Opportunities in Christ Church Barbados
There are many opportunities for retail therapy within the boundaries of the parish.
First on your list should be a visit to the Quayside Centre in Rockley. This shopping centre is located directly across the street from Accra Beach and the Accra Beach Hotel. This shopping centre is smaller than others to be found on the island but it is a great place to buy beachwear and those all-important souvenirs.
Not to be missed is a visit to Cave Shepherd in Worthing. This is a duty-free, department store that has chains across the island. Cave Shepherd is the largest department chain to be found on the island and items such as clothing, perfume, cosmetics and sports accessories can be purchased at duty-free prices.
Close to the Quayside Centre is Hastings Plaza. This is a strip of shops that offer items such as shoes, clothing, perfume, jewellery and gifts. It is also possible to purchase items at duty-free prices at here.
Nightlife in Christ Church Barbados
St. Lawrence Gap is the place to be for the evenings you spend in Christ Church Barbados.
Situated between the towns of Worthing and Oistins, "The Gap" as it is often known as, is a long strip of restaurants, clubs, bars, shops and resorts which provides endless hours of entertainment for visitors to the island.