I will be taking my first trip to Barbados over the holidays and I would like some additional advice from people who have stayed in Holetown. I am currently planning on staying at Villas on the Beach, however I have heard that it is better to stay in a gated community such as Westmoreland / Sandy Lane. Since I prefer to be close to the water is there any reason why I should reconsider aside from amenities i.e. safety. Are beaches in Barbados public? If so, what beach do you recommend near villas on the beach (heard beach in front of condo is a strip of sand). Transportation - I kiteboard and would like to visit the south side of the island. Last year we stayed in St. Lucia where a SUV is a must. What kind of car is recommended for Barbados?