Think of Barbados and more than likely you will picture glittering azure waters and golden sands fringed with palm trees. Rightly so, but this ‘Little England of the Caribbean’ also boasts an intriguing colonial history, spectacular scenery and a lively Calypso music scene.
Whether it’s beach relaxation, exhilarating water sports or inland adventure you’re looking for, Barbados has something for everyone. The sandy shores and gentle surf of the west coast provide a bathing and diving paradise, while the unspoiled east coast offers stunning vistas. Soak up the history in Bridgetown, take in a cricket match or enjoy a spot of afternoon tea at a 17th-century plantation home. The island has hotels to suit every budget and purpose, whether it’s luxury or value-for-money you desire on your Barbados holiday. See the best Barbados has to offer by booking a unique tour experience with your flights.
A lively area, with a wide selection of hotels. The south coast offers plenty of accommodation options for every budget and board basis. Walk along the boardwalk between Accra and Rockley beaches or visit historic Garrison. Lounge on the golden sands of Hastings Rock and listen to an open-air performance at the bandstand. Head to Dover Beach for a wide range of water sports or embrace the vibrancy of St Lawrence Gap with its restaurants and nightclubs.
Often referred to as the ‘Platinum Coast’, the west coast is home to tranquil beaches and some of the islands most exclusive hotels. Visit the designer stores and upmarket cafes of Lime Grove in Holetown or enjoy a lively evening at 2nd street’s restaurants and bars. Alongside superb 5 star retreats like Sandy Lane, Coral Reef Club and Fairmont Royal Pavilion, you’ll also find good value accommodation such as All Seasons Resort Europa or the All-Inclusive Mango Bay.
Head to the east coast to see another side of Barbados – the wild Atlantic waters and craggy landscape make it distinctly different to the rest of the island. Stop for lunch in Bathsheba and watch the waves roll in or absorb its natural beauty on a scenic drive around the island.
Bridgetown the capital city, and in fact the islands only city, boasts old colonial buildings and buzzing local culture. Explore side streets that are scattered with rum shops and chattel houses, shop on bustling Broad Street or visit the cafes and snack stands on the south banks of the river. On the outskirts of the city you’ll find the main cricket stadium, the Kensington Oval, while the nearby Mount Gay Visitor Centre gives you an insight into the famous local rum.
Known for its nightlife, St Lawrence Gap, on the South Coast is the place to go for late night entertainment. Bursting with karaoke bars, restaurants and clubs – its mile-long strip is the heart of Barbados’ nocturnal scene. Known as ‘the gap’, this bustling street runs parallel to a calm bay and boasts a range of hotels, such as Time Out, Dover Beach and Turtle Beach.