A quiet getaway
It's not all tourism on the west and high-octane activities on the east, as you'll find plenty of Barbados holiday deals to the kind of peaceful resorts needed for a true escape. Harrismith beach on the south-east coast, between Bottom Bay and Sam Lords Castle, is a genuine hidden treasure that is protected from the winds by coved rocks.
Maxwell Beach is another haven for isolation, but by night it can be a bit of a firecracker. Ideal for those who are looking for a quiet retreat by day with a vibrant party atmosphere by night, this is the place to go if you're keen to sample the best of both worlds in Barbados.
Eat and drink, dance and sing
Barbados is home to some of the most magnificent dishes you'll find anywhere in the Caribbean. Bajan cuisine is a mixture of African, Indian, and British influences, meaning you'll find all sorts of dishes to suit a broad range of tastes. The restaurants in Barbados are similarly varied, with fusion, international and local delicacies on offer at any one time.
As for drinking, let's just say it's easier to order a rum punch in Barbados than a tea or coffee. With that sort of stimulation, you're going to need some real opportunities to let loose. St Lawrence leads the way for Barbados' nightlife, but the capital of Bridgetown certainly holds its own in the party scene.
Festivities are common in Barbados, and there are some which really ought not be missed. For example, the tiny fishing village of Oistins throws a street party every Friday evening, complete with live music, dancing and of course, open air grills with slabs of swordfish smoking away.
The quirky capital
Bridgetown isn't just a nightlife hotspot, it's also home to a more artistic side of Barbados. The colonial British rule goes head-to-head with the Caribbean culture here, and the result is live reggae set to the backdrop of cricket games and a statue of Nelson.
The Bridgetown Gallery exhibits local painters' scenes of bustling markets and beautiful coastal landscapes. Meanwhile, market traders can be found gathered in the last weekend of the season at the biggest street fair of the Crop Over Festival. If you choose to experience All Inclusive Barbados holidays at this time, it's the ideal place to get all the local souvenirs and handicrafts.
Enjoy the landscape
There are plenty of ways to soak in the verdant surroundings of Barbados, from horseback riding and long treks to games of gold on the rolling courses. You have eight championship courses to choose from in Barbados, including holes designed by the infamous Tom Fazio and Ron Kirby. For any avid golfers, a tour of Barbados is not just a possibility, it's a necessity.
You can also explore the truly remarkable floral offerings of the Andromeda Botanical Gardens, which have over 600 varieties of tropical plant in a space of just six acres. Located in the town of Bathsheba, you'll find more beautiful nature here than you can shake a camera at.