Whether you’re seeking tropical Caribbean beaches with coconut dotted palms, low-key rum shacks looking out onto the sunset or UNESCO World Heritage Sites exploring Bajan culture, Barbados holidays have it all. Check out its colonial capital, Bridgetown where you can overindulge on famous sweet-but-spicy traditional cuisine before diving the depths of its exotic coastline to discover six renowned shipwreck sites. And when you’re missing home, afternoon tea and cricket are a big hit with the locals.
Things to do
Known for some of the best beaches in the world, no trip is complete without sinking your toes into powder white sands and turquoise-tinted waters. When it comes to award-winning stretches, Crane Beach takes the crown. This spectacular crescent of pink-hued sand is flanked by coconut trees, 80-foot cliffs and crashing Atlantic waves - now that’s what we call paradise! Over on the west lies the Caribbean coast, here scuba divers will be in awe of Carlisle Bay and its bounty of sealife. But if celeb-spotting is on your agenda, the VIP sand spot of Sandy Lane is a must-visit.
Nothing screams a holiday to Barbados more than reggae music accompanied by a glass of rum punch, after all it’s the birth place of Mount Gay distillery. Sample the oldest distilled spirit in the world from one of its 1,500 dedicated shops, or learn about the history with a tour. And did we mention it’s the culinary capital of the Caribbean? Trust us, you’ll be running back for more once you sample specialities such as flying fish (the Bajan equivalent to a Sunday roast). Chicken curry and pepperpot, a pork and beef stew bathed in spices, are island favourites, too.
When it comes to history, Bridgetown holidays won’t disappoint. Visit George Washington’s House, the first president of the United States, where you can explore an 18th century sugar plantation. Or, check out Barbados Museum & Historical Society where 500,000 artefacts explore the island’s rich heritage.
Places to stay
On the west coast of Barbados, the resort of St. James is a golfer's paradise. Home to an 18-hole fairway as well as several shorter nine-hole clubs, you better bring your A-game. And when you’re in need of some retail therapy, there’s no better place than Limegrove shopping centre, which places big-name designers such as Michael Kors and Burberry on your doorstep. You’ll get your culture fix in Bridgetown, after all it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 16th century. The city’s old meets new appeal combines fine dining bistros with a 135-year-old cricket oval and treasure trove of duty free shopping. There’s no shortage of powder white sand spots either. Although, if you’re looking for thrills and spills in the form of watersports, St Lawrence holidays are all about adrenaline-fueled fun. Did we mention its nightlife scene is also the best on the island?
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