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From the rum-swilling buccaneers and colonial sugar barons of old, to the modern day jet set playing cat-and-mouse with the paparazzi on board their luxury yachts, Barbados has long enticed adventurers and pleasure seekers to its platinum sands.

Today this tiny island in the eastern Caribbean offers everything from magnificent, tranquil beaches to dramatic cliffs, rugged rolling hills, superb restaurants and picture-perfect golf courses. And it’s particularly popular with British travellers; the quaint little villages with their churches and cricket pitches are rather redolent of home, albeit with the occasional monkey in the trees to remind you that you’re in the tropics.

Have a read of our latest blog to see why we cherish the beloved Barbados.



Getting There

Barbados enjoys excellent, regular air services from the UK. All flights are non-stop and flying time is approximately 8 hrs 45 mins.  

British Airways: Up to 12 departures per week from Gatwick in high season and daily in low season.

Virgin Atlantic: Up to 9 departures per week from Gatwick, weekly from Manchester, and with a Heathrow winter service.

Note: All our inclusive holiday prices are based on British Airways World Traveller
or Virgin Atlantic Economy flights.



Time Difference

4 hours behind GMT and 5 hours behind BST.


Barbados dollar. US dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted.

Useful Information

A full British passport is required for Barbados and it should be valid for 6 months after the return date of your holiday. Visas are not required for British citizens. No special health documentation is necessary for residents of the UK who have not recently visited parts of the world where cholera or yellow fever is a problem.

It is illegal to wear any camouflage clothing anywhere on the island. Any camouflage clothing found by customs will be confiscated and not returned.


See the island

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.


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.


Head east

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 coast. 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.


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.


When To Go

Barbados is blessed with wonderfully hot weather all year round, tempered by cooling trade winds. December to May is the most popular time to visit as the climate is dryer with less humidity. June to November tends to be wetter, although when it rains it is usually short and sharp. July to November is also hurricane season, although these are thankfully rare in Barbados.



Dining out on Barbados can be smart or barefoot, with reservations essential in high season. We highly recommend The Cliff, but there are many other superb places to eat on the island, including Daphne’s, elegant Cin Cin by the Sea and the cool, contemporary Lone Star Garage. For something more barefoot, Brown Sugar Restaurant in Bridgetown will provide a taste of authentic Bajan fare.


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