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It’s probably about time I post something about Fitts Village Beach, seeing as it’s the Barbados beach I’ve visited nearly every day for the last five months!
Fitts Village is in the parish of St. James, halfway between the more familiar towns of Holetown and Bridgetown. The name was derived from the owner of the tract of land around the area, Benjamin Thomas Fitt. At the time, it was a predominant fishing village, though you may only see one or two fishermen on the beach now.
When I first started frequenting Fitts Village Beach, there was a fairly wide stretch of sand to lounge or walk on. However, the tides started getting stronger in December. Sadly, much of the sand has been displaced, leaving rocks scattered behind on the shore. While the water is still plenty calm enough to swim in most days, take caution around the rocks! Coral areas close to the shore make this an easy spot to snorkel, though you will mostly only see a few varieties of fish.
The gentle waves make this a good spot for boogie boarding, and it’s not uncommon to see kayaks, small sailboats and jet skis cruising through the area.
For food, you can walk north along the beach from the parking area and your nose will lead you to a restaurant called Il Tempio. Stop in for an authentic Italian meal, or enjoy a few drinks on the beach during happy hour. There’s also Kylros, a small breakfast and lunch café across the street with more budget-friendly options.
The only other point of interest worth noting is a small public area with a bandstand. This particular spot is a local hangout area, but they also have a stand selling coconut water and souvenirs. Nobody has been pushy about selling their goods, however, unaccompanied women should not be surprised if any of the local gentlemen try to strike up conversation!
At the bandstand area, there are also public bathrooms and showers. The parking lot is slightly further south (toward Bridgetown), but is amply sized. Unless you are staying at one of the holiday villas along the beach or dining at Il Tempio, there are not any beach chairs available to rent.
One of my favorite photo spots is in front of a recently renovated holiday apartment called “The Moorings”. Four perfectly placed palm trees make for a postcard (or Instagram) worthy Caribbean scene.
Also worth noting: though I have yet to see any turtles nesting at Fitts Village Beach, I have seen hatchlings (or at least one of them, anyway) make its way out to sea! That was in November, though hatching season is generally between July and October.
I probably wouldn’t call Fitts Village Beach the “best” beach in Barbados, nor the prettiest, but it is a place that now feels like home to me. I’ve watched over a hundred sunsets on this beach and left thousands of footprints in the sand, so it’ll forever have a place in my heart (and an even larger place in my photo archives!).
+ Relatively calm waters
+ No major hotels on this stretch, not many tourists
+ Short drive to Holetown and Bridgetown
+ Shaded areas
+ Showers & Bathrooms
+ Dedicated parking lot
– Very rocky, water shoes recommended
– Tide fluctuates dramatically
– No beach chairs available to rent
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