The first settlement in Barbados, Holetown, was originally named Jamestown, after its benefactor, King James I of England. The Holetown Monument (in picture) commemorates the first English landing in Barbados in 1625.
It acquired the name "Holetown" because of the off loading and cleaning of ships in the very small channel located within the immediate vicinity of the town.
What to do in Holetown
Each February, this town hosts the Holetown Festival, a colourful local festival of crafts, music, and historical parades!
First and Second streets in Holetown are filled with a wide variety of restaurants and are very popular especially on Friday and Saturday nights. There are also several beachfront restaurants in Holetown including Tides, Zaccios, Surfside and The Beach House.
Take a stroll on the boardwalk to enjoy fresh sea breezes, gorgeous tropical beaches and amazing sunsets.
If you're visiting Holetown (or staying there) be sure to visit the Chattel Village shops for local art, craft, fashion and more! You can also enjoy duty-free shopping at the 2 malls in Holetown.
To see this and other interesting places in Barbados, take a Barbados island tour!
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