Holetown was the site of the first British landing in Barbados in 1625 and the first settlement by the British two years later. The Holetown Monument commemorates the 1625 landing.
The town was originally called Jamestown after King James I. It is said that the English seamen named the area Holetown because the river that empties into the sea here reminded them of the Limehouse Hole on the River Thames.
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.
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