Paynes Bay is famous for its fine sands and excellent snorkelling. Boasting a number of world-class restaurants within walking-distance, and just a few minutes away from Holetown and the Sandy Lane resort, Paynes Bay is the perfect place to enjoy the best Barbados has to offer.

Opening out onto the beach and within sight of Waterside is Daphne's bar and restaurant. Enjoy a 'sundowner' on the beachfront seating, then move inside to the covered terrace for some fine dining, and perhaps a bit of celebrity spotting.

The Cliff restaurant sits just below Paynes Bay, and offers fantastic views of the sunset over the West Coast as well, of course, as its world-renowned food.

Watersports are available from a variety of vendors on the beach at Paynes Bay. Jet-skiing, kayaking, and private sunset catarmaran cruises are always popular, and provide a great way to see the island from a different perspective. The sea is flat, calm and has many bouyed-off areas perfect for snorkelling. Swimming out a little way, you can expect to see turtles on an almost daily basis!

Just off the beach on the coastal highway you will find a number of other great places to enjoy an evening out. Scarlet, a sophisticated bar and restaurant serving delicious contemporary food and excellent cocktails, is just across the road from Waterside.

Elsewhere along the highway you can find Bajan rotis, karaoke and even a spot of antique shopping. Don't miss the roadside barbeques and fish frys over the weekend. A small market just down the beach sells the day's catch throughout the week, and holds a small fish fry on Friday nights.

Bus stops going to Holetown, Speightstown, Bridgetown, St Lawrence Gap and Oistins can be found within view of Waterside, making for easy travel up and down the island.