A unique blend of ‘traditional’ English culture and the tropical lifestyle of the Caribbean, Barbados makes for one of the friendliest islands in the Caribbean. Alongside the beautiful beaches, there is superb dining on offer, as well as fascinating cultural and historical sights galore. We think it’s an island that will steal your heart.
Where to go
Take advantage of the broad Caribbean coves such as Crane Beach, where you can sunbathe, swim and enjoy water sports such as jet and water skiing. Shop in the fashion boutiques of the capital, Bridgetown. Nature lovers will enjoy the beautiful flora and unique fauna of Welchman Hall Gully and Andromeda Flower Gardens Tour the plantation houses of the English who settled in the 17th century, such as Sunbury House.Follow in the footsteps of pirates Sam Lord and Stede Bonnet, who made Barbados their island headquarters - you can even dive several shipwrecks (although of a more modern vintage). Learn to cook island specialities and buy traditional island handicrafts to take home.
Food & Drink
The cuisine of Barbados is the Caribbean in a microcosm - seafood, lots of plantains, beans, yams infused with spices and tangy sauces, then fried. Barbados has some of the finest restaurants in the Caribbean. Our favourites include Cliffs (Derrick, St James) for incredible seafood and gobsmacking views out to be sea - though be warned, it’s pricey, only opens at night and reservations are absolutely essential. For something more down to earth, try the Fish Pot (Shermans, St Lucy) for still more excellent seafood, in addition to fresh island salads and curries.
Barbados has a thriving nightlife scene, this is the island, after all, that gave us Rihanna. For something unique and truly Barbadian, head on down to Oistin’s Fish Fry (Bay Garden, Oistins) on a Friday night for what turns out to be a giant, rollicking street party. Similarly, the John Moore Rum Bar (Weston, St James) serves the famous local rum with spectacular views out to sea and drips with an island atmosphere you just won’t get at a hotel.
Where to stay
Our pick for Barbados is Cobbler’s Cove
, a luxury hotel that we think is ideal for the entire family. The beach villas here are spacious, bright and allow the cool sea breezes to blow through, with all the luxury amenities you could want. We are also impressed with the wide variety of activities on offer here, from watersports to personal training on the beach. The nearby cricket academy is a highlight for kids. How to get there
Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly nonstop to Barbados daily.