Barbados

About Barbados

The Caribbean island and old British colony of Barbados offers a paradise for holidaymakers looking for all-year sunshine. 

Arrive at the buzzing Bridgetown and hop on a submarine to explore its dazzling offshore reefs. Alternatively take a jeep tour and see the insider's Barbados. Plantation homes, like St Nicholas Abbey or Sunbury Plantation House sit on rolling green dales - it's an ideal place to come if you’re seeking out a monastic retreat. 

For a day trip, try the stunning Andromeda Botanical Gardens or the Barbados Wildlife Reserve are both good excursions that can fill up an afternoon and, afterwards, make your way to the white sands of Enterprise Beach. 

Take in a bit of island culture at the Tyrol Cot Heritage Village and have lunch in the friendly rum shop. Walk off your meal at Welchman Hall Gully, a lush ravine with tropical plants and challenging hiking trails. 

Barbados Travel Tips

  1. Locals recommend The Coffee Bean for its lovely baked goods for breakfast, and fish soups and salads for lunch. But generally you will find good, simple eateries all over the island. Don’t leave without trying one of its famous flying fish sandwiches.
  2. Sample some of Barbados’ vintage tipples on a Barbados rum tour. The Mount Gay Rum Tour is reputed to be the best, but if the tours here are full try Foursquare Rum Factory and Heritage Park or the Cockspur Beach Club.
  3. Go to any part of the coast to find a beautiful beach. The west and south coasts tend to be the tourists' favourite, while beaches on the east and north coast like North Point and St Joseph are windy, with rough waters that tend to attract a glut of adventurous surfers.
  4. Coastal sightseeing tours are a quick and affordable way to acquaint yourself with Barbados. Most tend to hit the same points of interest, stopping in places like Miami Beach, Bathsheba, Cherry Tree Hill and Speightstown. Most leave from Bridgetown in the early morning and return before lunch.
  5. The Barbados Museum and Historical Society is worth a trip, especially for the beautiful 19th century building that it’s in. The collection of mostly colonial and modern history paints a clear picture of Barbados over the past two centuries.

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