The Parish of Christchurch on Barbados
The Parish of Christchurch is one of the original six parishes on Barbados. It makes up the southernmost tip of the island of Barbados and is also one of the biggest parishes at 57 square kilometers (22 square miles). Christchurch is also the first impression of Barbados that most visitors get as they step out of the Grantley Adams International Airport.
Unlike the eastern and northern portions of the island, the south coast is extremely busy, densely packed with tourists and locals, and offers a very urban experience. While this can be a bit overwhelming and unexpected for even seasoned Caribbean travelers, it does put entertainment, shopping, fine food, and recreation options all within easy reach.
If you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle without leaving the parish, you can find a number of excellent beaches on which to relax. Many of these stretches of golden sand are perfect for swimming and sun bathing. Some are better suited to action watersports like windsurfing and surfing. The choice is yours.
Regardless of what you choose to do, Christchurch is an excellent place to start your exploration of Barbados. Most people who come to the island spend a great deal of time here.
What to See and Do in the Parish of Christchurch on Barbados
Oistins Fish Fry
Oistins is a traditional fishing village along the southwestern coast of the Parish of Christchurch. While the town is pretty sleepy during the week, it comes alive on Friday and Saturday nights as the famous Oistins Fish Fry kicks into high gear. Multiple vendors sell fresh-caught fish fried to perfection and paired with local staples like plantains and rice and plenty. Accompanied by plenty of adult beverages (rum, beer, cocktails) to wash it all down, the food is just part of the fun. A number of venues along the beach offer musical entertainment, turning the whole beachfront area into one long rambling party. If you’re on Barbados for the weekend, you owe it to yourself to experience Oistins Fish Fry first-hand.
The Beaches of Christchurch Parish
While the beaches along the Platinum Coast are more famous, there are still miles of golden sand and surf to explore in Christchurch. Some of the best include Miami Beach, Rockley Beach, and Maxwell Beach.
The South Coast is also home to the South Coast Boardwalk. Stroll leisurely along this wooden path as you gaze out onto the bright blue sea. When it’s time for a rest, there are a number of first-class food and beverage options available right off the boardwalk.
The Concorde Experience
This high-tech aeronautical museum is home to one of the retired Concorde fleet and is your chance to get a hands-on experience with the commercial jetliner that changed how the world travelled. Not only will you get an interesting look at this revolutionary supersonic plane and how it redefined air travel, you can fly one yourself. (Well, not really.)
The high-tech true-to-life simulator experience within the museum is as close as you’ll ever get to sitting behind the yolk of one of these engineering masterpieces.
St. Lawrence Gap
One of the liveliest “tourist” areas on Barbados, St. Lawrence Gap offers dozens of restaurants and pubs at which vacationers can eat, drink, and be merry. There are also a number of nightclubs in the Gap where you can party long after the sun goes down. It’s amazing that so much excitement has been packed into this tiny 1.3 mile stretch of street.