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.