The most easterly island in the Caribbean, Barbados is found south of St Lucia and north of Tobago. This delightful island is blessed with a stunning combination of silky beaches, year-round sunshine and a luscious green landscape.
The South coast is the most common holiday destination with fantastic modern resorts and a fun nightlife concentrated around St Lawrence Gap. The West coast, on the other hand, is perfect for beach-seekers and really is home to some breath-taking stretches of sand and sea.
A visit to Bridgetown takes you to a hearty Caribbean capital. The bustle gets a little hectic but the people remain graciously friendly and always willing to chat. Cricket is the national pastime and watching a game here is quite a different experience. And if it gets you in the mood for some sports, Barbados’ range of golf courses is unmatched in the Caribbean.
The country’s culture is a lovely blend of English and West African traditions – a primarily Christian ethos punctuated by pockets of Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and the rapidly growing Rastafarianism. This friendly, multicultural society is one of the real charms of Barbados; the people are kind, helpful and open.
Why visit Barbados?
While many Caribbean islands get by on the beauty of their beaches, Barbados offers a huge range of activities too, including surfing, snorkelling and in-land safaris
The South Coast has some of the best nightlife in the Caribbean. Hotspots like St Lawrence Gap and Oistins are perfect if you’re looking to party
The west shoreline is known as the Platinum Coast and is home to stretches of truly stunning beach including the lovely Gibbes Beach
One of the best Caribbean nations for foodies – there is a blend of high-class beachfront restaurants and delectable local specialities. Reserve a table at The Cliff restaurant if it’s a special occasion or get a ‘flying fish cutter’ from a little cafe for everyday deliciousness
If golf is your thing, you can tee-off at a huge number of excellent courses including Sandy Lane and Westmoreland