The tiny island of Barbados is widely known for its white sand beaches and luxury hotels, and is for many the quintessential Caribbean island. Quaint villages with English style churches and cricket pitches serve as a reminder of the island’s colonial history, although blended with a distinctly West Indian flavour giving Barbados its unique charm.
The west and south coast of the island are home to picture perfect beaches alongside the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The southwest corner and rugged eastern Atlantic coast meanwhile, offer excellent conditions for surfing. With superb opportunities for water sports and golf, there is plenty to keep you active away from the pool or beach. There are also wildlife reserves, beautiful gardens and colonial history to uncover. Barbados is home to a wide range of dining options from high end restaurants to barefoot simplicity, alongside a festive atmosphere and buzzing nightlife.
There are hotel options to suit all tastes, from family beach resorts to romantic boutique hideaways as well as a good choice of private villas and apartments.
- Explore the west coast’s endless white sand beaches.
- Visit the Friday night Oistins Fish Fry to sample the delicious catch of the day in a lively rustic setting. Or if fine dining is more to your taste, Barbados has the Caribbean’s best.
- Take a trip to the rugged Atlantic east coast for wild deserted beaches, the fishing village of Bathsheba and beautiful Andromeda Botanical Gardens.
- Enjoy an evening among the buzzing bars and restaurants of St Lawrence Gap.
- Learn about Barbados’ fascinating history by visiting some of its colonial plantation houses, such as St Nicholas Abbey.