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One of the most enchanting of the Caribbean islands, Barbados warmly embraces a spirit of total relaxation, fun and sophistication.
With its luxury hotels, fabulous palm-fringed beaches and wonderful choice of activities and attractions, it’s no surprise that Barbados remains one of our clients’ most favoured holiday destinations. Here you can savour the true tropical experience and the unique ‘Bajan’ culture that makes Barbados so special. The island offers everything from magnificent, tranquil beaches to dramatic cliffs, rugged rolling hills, superb restaurants and picture-perfect golf courses. If you can tear yourself away from the lure of Barbados’s west coast beaches, here is a small selection of recommended activities:
Out and About
Barbados’s natural wonders
Visit the impressive Harrison’s Cave with its amazing gallery of stalactites and stalagmites. Then head to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve where you can stroll freely among the animals. Spend the rest of the day wandering around the beautiful Andromeda Botanical Gardens, a six-acre garden with one of the largest collections of tropical plants in the Caribbean.
Day trip to the Grenadines
Sailing around the Grenadines is an unforgettable experience and we can help you arrange it. Fly from Barbados to Union Island where you’ll board a catamaran and set off for Palm Island to swim, snorkel and enjoy the beach. You’ll then sail to Mayreau and Salt Whistle Bay, before reaching the stunning Tobago Cays for more swimming and snorkelling with the turtles on Horseshoe Reef.
Oistins fish fry
This little fishing village on the south coast comes alive every Friday evening with a lively party atmosphere. The local fishermen cook their catch of the day, which they serve up with big helpings of macaroni pie (the Bajan staple) and lots of fresh salads. The setting is very rustic and it’s definitely not fine dining, but the fish is fresh out of the sea and tastes amazing. Go early if you want to browse the souvenir stalls, or later for the dancing and partying which will take you into the early hours.
In Barbados most people think that west is best, but if you want to blow the cobwebs away and see a totally different side to the island, hire a jeep and spend a few hours exploring the rugged Atlantic east cost. Wild, deserted beaches and sleepy local villages are here in abundance and you’ll love Bathsheba, the main fishing village in the parish of Saint Joseph.
Food and Drink
Dining out in Barbados can be smart or barefoot, with reservations essential in high season. We highly recommend The Cliff, simply the best restaurant in the Caribbean. But you’ll be spoilt for choice as there are many other superb restaurants on the island, including the contemporary Lone Star Garage, Daphne’s, Sassafras, The Tides, The Fish Pot and the elegant new Cin Cin by the Sea. For real Bajan cuisine, Angry Annie’s and Ragamuffins in Holetown are great fun. Or sample the widely acclaimed Pisces at St Lawrence Gap or Champers overlooking Accra Beach.
Barbados enjoys excellent, regular air services from the UK. All flights are non-stop and flying time is approximately 8 hrs 30 mins.
British Airways Up to 10 departures per week from Gatwick.
Virgin Atlantic Daily departures from Gatwick and up to two departures per week from Manchester.
For some useful background information on responsible tourism issues in Barbados, as well as practical tips on what you can do to make a positive difference, we recommend The Travel Foundation's 'Insider's Guide'.
Bougainvillea Beach Resort
Room OnlyVarious Meal Plans AvailableOn the South CoastExcellent kids' clubKitchen facilities in every suite
Bed & BreakfastVarious Meal Plans AvailableOn the South CoastPerfect for familiesClose to colourful Bridgetown
Room OnlyOn the South CoastExquisite boutique hotelPerfect for couples Breakfast included if staying 7 nights
Turtle Beach Resort by Elegant Hotels
All-InclusiveOn the South CoastGreat for familiesWalking distance to St Lawrence Gap
Room OnlyVarious Meal Plans AvailableOn the South CoastClose to the lively St Lawrence GapNew luxury on the South Coast
Bed & BreakfastHalf BoardOn the South CoastDramatic clifftop locationFabulous beach
The end of the sugar cane season in July is celebrated in style at Bridgetown's
annual Crop Over Festival. The festival began in the 1780’s when Barbados was the world's largest sugar producer. See the ceremonial delivery of the last sugar canes and limber up for calypso dancing through the capital's streets.