A quiet getaway
It’s not all tourism on the west and high-octane activities on the east, 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 Coast 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 on holiday to Barbados. If true luxury is what you’re looking for then Barbados is certainly the right destination with a variety of spectacular, luxury holidays at great value. However, if you want to experience the luxury of Barbados, but you want to do it on a budget, there’s also plenty of cheap holidays to Barbados too.
Eat and drink, dance and sing
Barbados is home to some of the most magnificent dishes you’ll find all across 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. If you’re opting for an all inclusive Barbados holiday then definitely get stuck in at the hotel buffets and try everything you can – there will always be some home favourites if needed.
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. There’s plenty of options for all, with chilled out bars and cocktail bars, as well as dance floors and nightclubs just waiting for you to bust a move. 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 too, 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. Yes, every Friday evening! Be sure to book your Barbados holiday over a Friday – or two – and get the full experience.
The quirky capital
Bridgetown isn’t just a nightlife hotspot, it’s also home to a more artistic side of Barbados. It’s certainly a must-visit on holiday to Barbados. The colonial British rule goes head-to-head with 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 Barbados holidays at this time, it’s the ideal place to get all the local souvenirs and handicrafts. There’s plenty of shopping in Barbados’ capital, especially on Broad Street which is the main strip, with department stores, jewelry stores and duty free shops.
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 golf 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 has more than 600 varieties of tropical plants 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. Be sure to take plenty of pictures everywhere you go to make everyone back home jealous of your stunning Barbados holiday.
When is the best time to holiday in Barbados?
Barbados holidays are ideal all year round as the weather is always hot. You’ll typically find it will never drop below 20°C and mostly stays at 30°C throughout the year! This makes it the perfect winter sun holiday destination to top up your tan and enjoy a new culture. December through until April is the peak holiday season for Barbados so you may find it busier at these times, while the summer months tend to be more quiet.
Our Barbados holidays come with a plethora of fantastic hotels, offering the highest standard of comfort and some seriously picturesque views. Have a look at what we think are the best hotels for your Barbados holiday. Holiday selection always comes down to your own preferences and what it is you’re looking for out of the trip, so be sure to have a think and browse all our offers to find the best Barbados holiday for you.