Barbados’ west coast has lovely tranquil beaches that are largely hidden by the majority of the island’s luxury hotels and walled estates. It's known to some as the Platinum Coast, a moniker earned either from the color of the sand or the color of the credit cards.
In colonial times, the area was a popular holiday retreat for the upper crust of British society. These days the villas that haven’t been converted to resorts are owned by the wealthy and famous. That’s on the water side, of course. On the other side of Hwy 1 are modest huts and simple vacation retreats. Although the beaches are all public, the near-constant development means you only get a few coastal glimpses.