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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD (foreign office travel advice)

Worthing

Worthing Holidays

Sun, sand, delicious food and lively nightlife is what holidays to Barbados are made of. Some of the best beaches can be found along this Caribbean island's south coast, with stretches of beautiful sand that go on for miles. Each unique stretch varies as to how busy it gets and what facilities and activities are on offer, so there's always something that will suit you perfectly.

Worthing holidays offer you the chance to pass leisurely days lying on an immaculate white-sand beach as you watch the bright-blue sea lapping the shore. There's plenty of sightseeing to do in nearby Bridgetown also.

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Unlike many of the other beaches Worthing shares the south coast with, it's a very quiet and unassuming place – perfect for enjoying a Barbadian seaside experience. This makes it a popular choice, yet despite its popularity, the beach never gets overly crowded. It's a pure haven of peace, especially during the week.

Worthing is a particularly nice beach for families, as the sand is extremely soft for playing on. The sea is generally calm, making it ideal for swimming and taking out a hired kayak to explore the waters. Dotting the beach are clusters of palm trees for enjoying a picnic under their shade, and kiosks selling souvenirs and beach essentials. There are plenty of places for you to hire sun loungers and parasols, as well as a range of watersports equipment.

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Sample Barbadian food

You'll get the opportunity to try some of the most delicious Barbadian food during a Worthing holiday. Bajan cuisine, as it's also known, is a mix of many influences, including Indian and Creole. As Barbados is an island, it's not surprising that a large proportion of its dishes revolve around fish and seafood. One of the most commonly eaten is flying fish and cou-cou, a stewed flying fish served with couscous-like grains. Fishcakes in all varieties are also very popular.

Giving Oistins Fish Fry a visit is an absolute must, especially on a Friday night, with the village of Oistins being just 10 minutes away from Worthing by car. In nearby St Lawrence, you'll find vendors selling traditional Barbadian street food alongside those selling general goods.

Head for the capital

A 15-minute drive west of Worthing brings you to the capital of Barbados, Bridgetown. It's a city with a long and colourful history, which can be seen in part through its numerous colonial buildings. Some of the most beautiful include the George Washington House and the Barbados Museum. Also be sure to visit the Parliament Buildings and the Garrison. And don't miss out on a stroll along the beautiful beach at Carlisle Bay.

Head to Downtown Bridgetown to pick up some cheerful bargain items at Cheapside Market. Typical goods on offer include books, locally-made crafts and all sorts of fresh fruits and vegetables. The locals love coming here too, so it's a great way to get a feel for the Barbadian culture and atmosphere.

Shop at St Lawrence Gap

Spend an afternoon (or entire day, if you wish) indulging in some retail therapy at the popular St Lawrence Gap. It's just a 10-minute walk away from Worthing, still giving you plenty of time to enjoy lounging on the beach. Everyone needs a break from doing nothing every now and then, after all!

Known as 'The Gap' by locals, this area is full of street vendors selling sarongs, leather goods and much more besides. While you browse, take advantage of vendors offering street food - you can't shop on an empty stomach!

Chattel House Shopping Village is a particular highlight here. The colourful shops offer a variety of items perfect for bringing home to family and friends as souvenirs, as well as clothing and jewellery for yourself.

Nearest airport to Worthing

Grantley Adams International Airport – 8 miles

A taxi or hired car journey from Grantley Adams International Airport to Worthing takes around 20 minutes.

You're certainly not short on choice when it comes to what beach to lay claim to during your holiday to Barbados. The south coast is an incredibly popular area, thanks to its unspoilt white-sand beaches. There really is a sandy stretch to suit all needs and interests. Worthing is a great option for those looking for a low-key and utterly relaxing experience, while also having several other beaches and lively towns within easy reach.