Hastings is located in the lively south coast of the island in between Rockley beach and St Ann’s fort. Hastings has a rich military history as the area includes a number of red bricked buildings that used to be barracks for St Ann’s fort. From housing soldiers, the buildings have now become chic residents and are envied by many. There is no surprise that the waiting list is long for these apartments due to the wonderful décor and ideal location. The location for these houses is known as pavilion court and is a marvellous area to stay if you are lucky enough to get a vacancy.
Pavillion Court is also home to the Mallalieu Motor Collection, which is a brilliant place to visit on the island for any petrol head. There are a wide variety of different cars that are on show in the collection including: A 1955 Rover 75 which took place in the first Barbados club rally, a Triumph TR4, A Citroen Big, an Allard P1, a 1963 Volvo 122s, a Chevrolet Mater 6 built in Canada, and a 1947 Bentley Drophead coupe (which was previously built for the Prince of the Netherlands.) There are more cars that are included in the collection, any the collection is a must view for any petrol head and is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Saturday bookings are also available via telephone calls on: 246-426-4640.
Further along the highway there is an old military hospital that has undergone a multimillion dollar investment and now forms a private membership club with a variety of different conference rooms and a business centre.
The coastal stretch of Hastings are some of the finest beaches on the island and offer some of the most healthy reefs on the island despite the pollution that has come with the island development. Any damage to the reefs has been limited to less than 90 meters from the shore which has caused some beach erosion. Barbados has been committed to maintaining their beautiful beaches since the 1980’s. The beaches in Barbados are a major drawing point and pollution to them would result in the amount of tourism dropping. The island has built new sewage treatment plants and built artificial reefs to reduce sand loss. This has preserved the islands beautiful natural scenery and helped the island grow whilst keeping it’s picturesque scenery.
To the north of Hastings and to the east of the the Garrison Savannah lies the club field of the islands oldest cricket team. The Wanderers started in 1877, and has magnificently carried on until the present day. Cricket is the premium sport on the island with the West Indian cricket team regularly playing at the islands Kensington Oval. The Wanderers cricket team has been given credit for keeping the sport on the island. To this very day the Wanderers still have an active cricket team and are extremely well respected across the island. The Wanderers cricket ground is also home to the Banks International Masters football festival which is staged in the last week of May. The festival runs for 6 days and attracts 20 teams from across the Caribbean and the UK.
Worthing is another area that is located in the south of the island. Worthing is home to Sandy beach, which is a beautiful stretch of sand with a shallow lagoon. Sandy Beach is a wonderfully peaceful area on the island and provides a welcome rest from the exuberance of the south coast. Sandy beach is perfect for families and individuals who want to relax. Sandy beach is also home to the Carib Beach bar which offers a great escape from the sun, and offers a wide range of different drinks and food for you to enjoy. Not too far away from the beach is the Crystal Waters beach side bar which offers live music and all day refreshments.
Overall, Hastings and Worthing are brilliant locations on the island which add to the trademark “Southern” vibrancy. There are a wide range of different sites and attractions available in this part of the island, and is an area that is steeped in tradition. Both locations include amazing scenery and are great visits.Back
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