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Saint Joseph - Barbados
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Bathsheba is the main fishing village in the parish of Saint Joseph with some 5,000 inhabitants on the east coastline of Barbados.The town has a number of quaint churches; Saint Joseph Anglican Church was built on Horse Hill in the town as early as 1640 but was rebuilt in 1839 following a hurricane in 1831.Little Saint Joseph chapel was built nearby in 1837 but was restored and dedicated to Saint Aiden in 1904 following a landslide.

It has a number of attractions including the Flower Forest and Cotton Tower which is renowned for its dramatic scenery and views of Scotland District.The ecologically rich [Joe's River Tropical Rainforest is located on the outskirts of the town with some 85 acres (340,000 m2) of woodland and rainforest with giant ficus, citrifolia, fid woods, white woods, cabbage palm trees and mahogany trees. Bathsheba beach is known as the Soup Bowl where local and international surfing competitions take place annually.Another notable feature of Bathsheba beach is the large boulder that sits slightly offshore, known by some as Bathsheba Rock.

Legend has it that Bathsheba, wife of King David, bathed in milk to keep her skin beautiful and soft. Legend has it that the surf covered white waters of Bathsheba, rich in minerals and life is said to resemble Bathsheba's bath in both appearance health giving value.This is the rugged east coast of Barbados, where visitors come to breath the air, soak in the invigorating Bathsheba Pools and feel alive.

It is breathtakingly beautiful; wide white sand beaches stretch along a dramatic coastline of striking rock formations against which the Atlantic rollers break in cascades of foam. What at first glance are huge boulders washed up on the beach, are actually rock formations broken away from ancient coral reef.Pictured here is the fishing village of Bathsheba in the cool light of the early day. The village is home to a small community of fishing folk and their families.  Along the coast are guest houses, local rum shops and restaurants. It is  a hideaway for discerning tourists and for Bajans who frequently weekend here in their seaside cottages along the shore.

How to Reach

By Air

The nearest major airport to Bathsheba,Barbados is Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI / TBPB). This airport is in Bridgetown, Barbados and is about 16 km from the center of Bathsheba, Barbados. If you're looking for international flights to BGI, check the airlines that fly to BGI.

By Train

The railway system of Barbados implemented by Britain in the 1800s,primarily for transporting sugar cane across the island to the seaport Bridgetown,has also long since been removed.Some areas such as Two Mile Hill in St. Michael or Mile and a Quarter are a reminder of the railway era, but the rail system itself and its infrastructure no longer exists in Barbados.One of the remnants are ground stakes off the east coast of the island where foundations for the rail line were located.

By Car

Car rental in Barbados is provided through any of several vehicle rental agencies.Foreign drivers driving in Barbados require a temporary driver's licence in addition to an international licence.

Key places to visit
Bathsheba Pools, Soup Bowl Surfing, Barclays Park, Tent Bay


Places to Visit

Bathsheba Pools

Soaking in the shallow inshore pools on a hot summer day is a favorite cool off for the many local Bajans  who come here for weekends and vacation days.The pools are carved out of the inshore coral  reef and are a few feet away from the sandy shore.They are several feet deep and you can sit in them enjoying a drink while the surf splashed in, swirling the water around in natures own whirlpool.Rum Punch parties at the pools in Bathsheba are a uniquely Bajan experience.

Soup Bowl Surfing

The Soup Bowl at Bathsheba derives its name from the foamy surf found here and is the site of many local and international surfing championships.This is a great place to surf, with steady big rollers coasting in across the Atlantic ocean.

Barclays Park

Barclays Park,a 50-acre park climbing up a hillside on the east coast of the island,was opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1966 - the year of Barbados independence.It was a gift to the Government of Barbados from Barclays Bank International Limited to commemorate the occasion of Independence.

Tent Bay

This picturesque bay is home to a small fish market and local fishing boats can be seen making their way in and out of the bay in the morning and evening.Like the other stretches of beach along this coast, there are strong currents at Tent Bay and swimming in open water is not recommended.If you visit Tent Bay be sure to have lunch at The Atlantis Hotel, a landmark that has served guests for over 100 years.

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