Owner Marc Ward grew up on Barbados, and is passionate about the island's history, culture and traditions. He spends most of the year in residence at James Bay and will be happy to give advice on what to do and see during your stay.
GETTING TO JAMES BAY
Probably the easiest way to get to James Bay is simply to take a taxi from the airport. Agree the fare before you get in and expect to pay around $40 USD.
If you've arranged a hire car at the airport, head west along the Grantley Adams highway (the island's main highway). This route skirts around the capital, Bridgetown, and then takes you north. You'll notice that all the roundabouts are named for famous Bajans, such as Garfield Sobers and Errol Barrow. At the D'Arcy Scott roundabout, take the first exit, towards Wanstead and the University of the West Indies. This will get you on to highway 1, the coast road that runs north all the way up the west coast. Continue north, past Holetown. Look out for pink-walled Royal Pavilion Hotel on your left and continue on, past the Lone Star hotel and restaurant (also on your left). The entrance to James Bay is one mile past the Lonestar on the left. Look out for the name in brass letters on the gate pillar.
Please see the tips page for more information.
The west coast of Barbados is home to many of the island's top restaurants, with everything from traditional Bajan favourites to sushi on offer. Most are just a short drive from James Bay, including The Cliff (432 1922), south of Holetown, a longtime west coast favourite with exquisite food, and the Lone Star, which enjoys equally spectacular sea views and offers relaxed but undeniably upmarket dining.
Each apartment has a telephone and local calls are free. To make overseas calls, guests must call the operator to arrange to reverse the charges or use a relevant phone card.
THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR
On the island
Violent crime is almost unknown on the island, but petty thieving isn't. Just do what you would do at home - always make sure you lock up your apartment and your car and never leave wallets, handbags or other valuables in view.
The trees at James Bay are fogged regularly to keep mosquitoes at bay, but for your comfort, we have also provided plug-in mosquito repellents.
You may see the occasional green monkey or mongoose when you are travelling around the island. Both are very shy, and we have the mongooses to thank for the fact that the island is now free from snakes.
If you want to leave your hire car behind, you'll find the local transport - a mix of government-run (blue) and private (yellow) buses - excellent. Both the north and south-bound bus stops are just a short walk from the entrance to James Bay, or you can hail one of the privately owned mini vans, known as route taxis, which also run up and down the west coast. All charge a flat fare of B$1.50.
Taxis charge more and are identified by a Z on their number plates. Agree the fare to where you are going before you get in.
FOOD AND DRINK
We can arrange and stock with basic supplies at no additional charge, only cost of items.
The nearest big supermarket, Supercentre in Holetown, is 2 1/2 miles south on the left opposite the Police Station. In addition, the daily fish market, with everything from fabulously fresh and meaty marlin and swordfish steaks to sweet little fillets of flying fish, is just a short stroll along the beach.
The James Bay apartments are connected to the government water supply, which is safe to drink and naturally pure because its drawn from rainwater springs filtered through coral. But for added peace of mind, each apartment at James Bay features extra-filtered drinking water on tap.
ON THE BEACH
Remember, Barbados is a tropical island and very close to the equator. This means the sun is particularly intense, even if it's overcast. Try to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm - this is when the fabulously cool and airy verandahs at James Bay really come into their own - and take particular care with babies and small children. Make sure you use plenty of sunblock, and always wear a hat and sunglasses. This way you and your family will enjoy every day of your holiday.
Steer clear of manchineel trees, too. There's one or two on most beaches and you can tell them by their shiny green leaves and small crab apple-like fruits. The fruit is poisonous, and when it rains the trees give off a poisonous sap that can cause skin to blister if it drips on you.
All the beaches in Barbados are public, and while James Bay is very secluded, please do not leave valuables on the beach while you swim in the sea
The water off James Bay is crystal-clear, calm and pleasantly warm all year round - with water temperature around 80F/26C. The sealife you will encounter here while swimming and snorkelling is safe, but watch out for spiny black sea urchins, especially if you are walking over sea grass.
James Bay beach does not have a lifeguard, and while the water is safe for virtually any standard of swimmer, please remember that children should be supervised at all times.
Please see the tips page for information about other beaches around the island.
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