For those of you who are having a difficult time deciding which part of the Island to stay, whether on the East Coast or West Coast, I suggest that you try the Ajoupa Villas on the West Coast in Fitts Village, St. James.
The Villa exceeded my expectations. It is well maintained, clean, quiet, very close to public transportation, if youre not going to rent a car, and I felt quite safe there. The locals were wonderful to us, giving us mangos or directions and I was quite please with the place, despite the roosters crowing. The sound of it was wonderful...to me. Taking in the culture of the Island was also beautiful.
There is Jordans Supermarket (right down the hill to your left) to do your food shopping, however, I visited Fishermans Pub in Speightstown, St. Peter (Take the Bus or minivan marked Speightstown to the last stop), where they serve bajan food by the water and the cost is affordable and you also get a great view. It was wonderful. You can take that same bus to Holetown for your "close" souvenir shopping, if you cant get into Bridgetown. I suggest if you can to bring with you food stuff, if youre traveling with kids, as the food shopping on the Island is very expensive.
Although there is a lovely beach across the street from the Supermarket, it is also very rocky, so try to get to Browns Beach (which is walking distance from Bridgetown. Just go over the first bridge and keep walking straight or ask a local). The beach is beautiful with white sand, no rocks and a calm beach. It is also the home of Harbourlights, a very nice night club, if youre into that.
As you can see, I can go on... But this will give you an idea of what to expect if you decide to visit the Ajoupa Villas. The price was reasonable for the quality of service we received and we will definitely recommend this to another. It was worth every penny. Just watch out for those African snails. They love to eat. :)