Revered for its polished resorts, coral sand beaches and silky-sweet rum, this welcoming island in the Caribbean archipelago may be small in size – it only takes an hour to drive from north to south – yet it’s undoubtedly large in character.
There are plenty of things to do on a luxury Barbados holiday, particularly in the western parishes of St. Michael and St. James; unwind on the world-renowned white sand beaches, captivate the senses at the bustling local markets or explore the exotic coral reefs beneath the Caribbean Sea.
As the island’s capital, historic Bridgetown enthrals with its upmarket boutiques and colonial architecture, whilst some of the finest hotels and villas in Barbados – including the star-studded Sandy Lane resort – grace the aptly-named Platinum Coast.
For a taste of Barbados nightlife, travel south to St. Lawrence Gap, where cocktail bars and international dining experiences line the streets neighbouring Dover Beach – a prime destination for water-sports. Those seeking tranquil picnic spots and unspoiled terrain can head to the east coast, where you’ll discover Bottom Bay and its quiet, palm-framed beachfront, velvet-soft sands and coral cliffs.
Historic sites and points of interest are nestled amongst the rolling pastures and sugarcane fields further inland; explore the depths of Harrison’s Cave by tram to see the majestic stalactites and stalagmites first-hand. Relax on deck on a catamaran cruise, spot the green monkeys at play in Flower Forest or hire a car and relish getting lost on this remarkable island; Barbados is a place to enjoy all year round.
Barbados is a year-round destination with temperatures averaging 24°C-30°C, usually tempered by the cooling trade winds. The winter months between January and April are the most popular, characterised by warm, generally dry days, whilst the summer months between June and October tend to be hotter and more humid, with regular showers and the possibility of tropical storms; visitors during these months will often benefit from quieter beaches and excellent offers at many hotels. As Barbados is a highly sought-after destination, we recommend booking at least a year in advance for the best availability, particularly during the busy school holiday periods.
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For first-timers, there's no better way to get acquainted with Barbados and the hidden treasures it has to offer than to hop on a jeep for an off-road guided adventure. Traverse through hills, bridges, grasslands, and even explore exotic marine life underwater, as part of an off-the-beaten-path excursion ideal for families and groups of friends looking for a sense of unabashed freedom during a trip to the island.
For catamaran cruises, we highly recommend Good Times, Silver Moon Catamaran Cruises and Seaduced Barbados; they specialise in smaller parties and are fully catered.
Saturdays on Barbados are labelled ‘Pudding and Souse Day’ – a day dedicated to the island’s beloved delicacy of sweet potato pudding and pork souse. Our favourite spot for this delicious treat is The Souse Factory in St. John.
Dine in true Barbadian style at The Cliff restaurant. Set in a prime location perched above a floodlit cove and boasting a postcard-perfect ocean view, delight in delicious seafood amidst the sweet, sea-scented air.