Fodor's Expert Review Port St. Charles

Hwy. 1B, Heywoods, St. Peter, Barbados See on Map

Jane Zarem

A luxury residential marina development near historic Speightstown, on the northwest tip of Barbados, Port St. Charles is a great choice for boating enthusiasts who arrive on their own yacht, plan to charter one during their stay, or just like to be around boats. Villas surround a protected, manmade lagoon—some are on an island in the lagoon—or face the beach, and each has its own berth right at the doorstep. Friendly and safe, this spot is a boater's dream.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Port St. Charles serves as a customs and immigration port of entry for boaters.


The luxurious rental villas—privately owned and individually decorated residences—have one to five bedrooms, along with a fully equipped, open-plan kitchen with a bar; a spacious living/dining room; and a furnished balcony or terrace overlooking the water. Many units have private plunge pools. All units have laundry facilities.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The number and size of units available for short-term stays varies; some units require a minimum stay in high season.


Each large, marble-tiled, en-suite bathroom has a double vanity, enclosed toilet, separate tub, and large glass-walled shower.


Guests are escorted directly to their villas, where they complete their registration, enjoy a welcome rum punch or Banks beer (or juice for the kids), and are briefed on the resort and the particular villa.


Sunset Island, a manmade island in the middle of the lagoon, has a swimming pool and beach bar. Guests may also use a second swimming pool at the Port St. Charles Yacht Club, situated on a separate manmade island. (Short causeways or docks connect the islands to the mainland.)

A complimentary water taxi ferries guests around the property during the day—including to the pool and pool bar at Sunset Island.


An onsite salon offers hair styling for both women and men and spa services, including massages, facials, and mani/pedi.


An air-conditioned exercise room has cardio equipment, weight machines, and free weights. A personal trainer is available, upon request.

There are two tennis courts on the property, and racquets and balls are available for guest use. Tennis coaches can be booked, as well.


Port St. Charles Yacht Club Restaurant offers all-day dining with a panoramic view of the beach, the sea, and berthed mega-yachts. There’s entertainment on Friday evenings in high season. In the off-season, the restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

YOU SHOULD KNOW You can preorder groceries so that your fridge and pantry are filled upon arrival.


Sunset Island, in the middle of the lagoon, has a bar (opened seasonally) that serves cocktails and light snacks.


There are two beaches, one on either side of the channel leading from the ocean to the lagoon. The main beach, easily accessible to most of the villas, is on the south side; a smaller beach is on the north.


Getting Around

A rental car is recommended if you wish to explore the island, dine out, or shop for groceries. Taxis are always available, but depending on them becomes costly. Buses go by the main road, north to Speightstown and south to Holetown and Bridgetown ($1 fare per trip). Some restaurants in Speightstown offer round-trip transportation (with a minimum spend). Private airport transfers are complimentary.


You’ll likely take most meals in the villa, since it has a full kitchen. For a change of pace, head for The Fish Pot (2-minute drive), just a mile or so north of Port St. Charles and a great spot for lunch when heading out for a tour of the east coast or for dinner anytime—fresh seafood, of course. Nearby Speightstown also offers a few good choices for eating out. On the beachfront, The Lobster Pot (5-minute drive)—and not affiliated with The Fish Pot—serves lobster in many styles, along with Caribbean specialties. Nearby, Juma’s Restaurant (5-minute drive) specializes in French and Thai cuisine—with a Caribbean flair. Both serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner—and host a Sunday afternoon beach BBQ with live music. Kids are always welcome.


Enjoy a sophisticated evening at Drift Ocean Terrace Lounge (15-minute drive), just south of Holetown; get there at sunset for a stunning view, too. For a more lively night, try Red Door Lounge (15-minute drive) or Duke’s Night Lounge (15-minute drive) on 1st Street in Holetown. And for a real lark, Ragamuffins (also on 1st Street) has a Drag Show on Sunday nights that attracts a crowd and often spills into the street…sometimes until 3 a.m.


The unique setting and modern, spacious, beautifully furnished villas are perfect for a family vacation.


40 villas
Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe yes
Room Service no
Gym, Pool
Free Parking


Phones: 246-419–1000

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