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Barbados beaches on the West Coast in process of being improved

Barbados beaches along the west coast are undergoing a significant transformation as part of the Holetown Waterfront Improvement project. The project has been put in place to tackle the ongoing problem of coastal erosion and it will be protecting 1.5 km of shoreline in the Holetown area of the Caribbean island.

Barbados beaches on the West Coast in process of being improved

Several beaches in the Holetown area of Barbados are being protected as part of the Holetown Waterfront Improvement project.

Barbados beaches along the Holetown stretch are being improved using techniques that have been successful on the Caribbean island's south coast such as breakwaters, groynes, headlands and beach nourishment.

The main purpose of the programme is to manage and prevent coastal erosion in the area and the four main objectives that will help improve many Barbados beaches include: shoreline stabilisation and erosion control; restoration of coastal habitats; improvement of public coastal access; and institutional strengthening for coastal management.

Groynes will be created at Colony Beach Club and Heron Bay, while Folkestone Marine Park is undergoing extensive work close to the Surfside Restaurant and bar and north of the area, just offshore.

Dr. Lorna Inniss, the Acting director of Barbados' Coastal Management Unit has stressed that the beaches are still very much open to locals and visitors alike but contractors are advising people to stay away from construction areas.

"The beach is not closed. The active construction zone, they are encouraging people to stay out and they are trying to make sure that they do in the area where the vehicles are, but the beach is not closed - no it is not," she explained.

The Holetown Waterfront Improvement project started in April, 2013 and will continue until 30th November, 2013.

Barbados is an island nation located in the North Atlantic Ocean, north east of Venezuela. The destination is a hotspot for tourists thanks to its wide selection of luxurious beachfront hotels and resorts, pristine white sugar-soft beaches, lush golf courses, gourmet restaurants and lively bars and nightclubs.

In Barbados, tourists can trek through lush nature reserves such as the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary and the Farley Hill National Park; shop in stylish boutiques and traditional street markets; visit the historic towns of Holetown, Speightstown, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bridgetown; or scuba dive and snorkel along thriving reefs in crystal clear turquoise ocean waters.

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