Famed for its luxury resorts, striking beaches and unique culture, Barbados is a favourite destination for those wanting an exceptional island getaway.

Although it is an Atlantic island, Barbados has the feel of the Caribbean. The island’s British colonial past and independent present create a vibrant and diverse mix that is unique. Here you can watch a cricket match or enjoy high tea. But make no mistake: the local culture of Barbados has all the flavours and traditions of the West Indies.

The breath-taking natural landscape is Barbados’ best feature. Windswept pink and white beaches, lush tropical forests and alluring botanical gardens provide stunning backdrops for your holiday. The amazing array of exotic plants and trees in the Andromeda Botanic Gardens and the lush foliage and amazing views of the Flower Forest are definitely worth a visit.

Although the country is relatively small, your leisure options are impressive. Enjoy a round of golf at one of the world-class courses if sport is your passion. Nature-lovers can encounter tortoises, iguanas and monkeys at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, have a picnic at in the verdant surroundings of Farley Hill National Park or hike through the pristine landscape at Welchman Hall Gully.

Of course, Barbados is all about the surf and sand. The soft pink sands and clear turquoise waters distinguish Barbados’ beaches as some of the finest in the Caribbean. On the western shore, Crane Beach is often listed as one of the world’s top ten most beautiful beaches. Heading south you will find an endless string of flawless sandy beaches and calm waters, but as you continue east the waters become increasingly wind-blown. It’s here that you’ll find an abundance of water sports such as parasailing and surfing. Scuba diving and snorkelling are also popular aquatic pastimes. The Dottins Reef and the sunken wreck Stavronikita provide the best underwater playgrounds for divers to enjoy.

Showcasing the best of its colonial past, the capital city of Bridgetown boasts a number of stately buildings and a historic garrison. The historic landmarks are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. Bridgetown is home to the popular Bridgetown Port where seasonal cruise ships dock, bringing in an influx of happy holidaymakers who peruse the shops and relish the beaches during their day tour of the island. The most distinguished points of interest in Bridgetown include; the Jewish Synagogue, the oldest in the Western Hemisphere; the Mount Gay Visitor Centre, Parliament Buildings; and for those cricket fanatics, the Kensington Oval.

Holidaymakers will love the wide selection of accommodation options that Barbados offers. From ultra chic villas and luxury resorts to the charming hotels and guesthouses, Barbados offers accommodation to suit every taste, style and budget.

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Overview

Barbados is a commonwealth island in the Caribbean, with a population of just 300,000 people. This beautiful island is a popular cruise ship destination and is also famed for its palm lined beaches, crystal blue seas, and the fact that it experiences around 3,000 hours of sunshine a year.

The island is also often referred to as Little England because of the first settlers who came to the island in the 17th century. Barbados became a British colony in 1627 and finally achieved independence in 1996, although it still maintains a close relationship with the United Kingdom.

The island’s capital, Bridgetown, forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage and is renowned for its British colonial architecture and wide range of cultural and historical attractions. The wonderful Parliament Buildings of Barbados and the Independence Arch are really worth a visit.

Barbados enjoys a pleasant climate that is based on 2 seasons: the wet period between June and November, and the dry period between December and May. Thanks to its location and climate, Barbados has amazing flora and fauna, and boasts many beautiful gardens. The island is one of the most popular beach holiday destinations in the Caribbean and features many beach resorts, such as the stunning Accra Beach in Bridgetown. The island of Barbados is also famous for its vibrant nightlife.

Key Facts

  • Currency: BBD: Barbadian Dollar
    Language: English
    Approximate flight time from the UK: 9 hours
    Time zone: GMT -4/-5

Great For

Beach holidays: Barbados is one of the most popular island destinations in the world. It has a tropical climate and the popular Accra Beach, also can be found here.
Cultural adventure: If you want to discover the history and culture of the Caribbean, then Barbados is the perfect place for you. The capital of the island forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage and the small coastal towns are also worth a visit.Golf: Barbados also features some excellent golf courses including the Barbados Golf Club that has a unique
atmosphere and offers a wide range of services.

Nightlife: Caribbean nightlife is legendary
and the island of Barbados is definitely a great place to cut loose and party.

The Museum of Parliament

Situated in Bridgetown, the museum gives an insight into the history of democracy in Barbados and includes the National Heroes Gallery dedicated to Barbados’ 10 national heroes that were selected in 1998. Located in the West Wing of the Parliament building, the museum and the gallery are really worth a visit for anyone interested in learning more about Barbados’ history and culture.
Address: Trafalgar Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael, Barbados
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 10am to 4pm, Sat 10am to 3pm (Closed Tuesdays and Sundays)
Entry cost: ticket is BBD 10 for adults, guided tours are also available
Official website: http://www.barbadosparliament.com/page_content/show_content/59

Barbados Concorde Experience

At the Grantley Adams International Airport visitors have the opportunity to discover a world known aircraft, the British Airways Concorde G-BOAE, or as it is also known the Alpha Echo. The exhibition tells the history of the aircraft and how its unique technology was developed. Visitors can experience the mixture of elegant beauty and advanced technology first hand as they get up close to with this legendary aeroplane. The Barbados Concorde Experience is something not to be missed.
Address: Grantley Adams International Airport, Christ Church, Barbados
Official website: http://www.barbadosconcorde.com/

Welchman Hall Gully - Tropical Forest Cave

The Welchman Hall Gully offers a great day out for the whole family. Located in the heart of the island, it boasts magnificent views of the island’s east coast. The park is also home to green monkeys which are often described as the cutest (and sometimes naughtiest) of Barbados’ wildlife. The park has an education centre and work hard to conserve Barbados’ natural flora and fauna, to preserve them for years to come. The tropical forest cave provides the perfect excuse to get out into nature.
Address: Welchman Hall, St. Thomas, Barbados
Entry cost: Gardens in the heart tour is from BBD 60 per person, Harrison’s Cave and Welchman Hall Gully tour is from BBD 80 per person, Welchman Hall Gully, Wildlife Reserve and Turtles tour is from BBD 110 per person, Animal Flower Cave, Welchman Hall Gully and Hunte’s Garden tour is from BBD 90 per person
Official website: http://www.welchmanhallgullybarbados.com/

Accra Beach (Rockley Beach)

If you are looking to kick back and truly enjoy Barbados’ famous tropical climate, then Accra Beach is the ideal location. Its soft golden sands are met with sparkling blue waters and are lined with palm trees. The beach is the perfect place for all the family, with a breakwater on the southern end making the waters safe and calm for children or less confident swimmers. The waves further along provide plenty of excitement for thrill seeking body boarders, and the long stretch of sand is ideal for sunbathing. The Quayside Centre is located just across the road and offers a great choice for a bite to eat, offering a wide range of cuisines.
Address: Bridgetown, Barbados
Official website: http://barbados.org/bcrock.htm#.Vw4UWvkrKUk

Barbados Golf Club

The Barbados Golf Club is located in the southern part of the island, only a few kilometres from Bridgetown. The golf club was founded in the 1990s and features 18 holes. The course has a relaxing ambience with lakes and palm trees, and it offers a unique experience for golfers. The Barbados Golf Club also hosts several tournaments throughout the year including the Sir Garfield Sobers Tournament.
Address: Durants, Christ Church, 17090, Barbados
Entry cost: Green fee 18 holes is BBD 230 per person, green fee 9 holes is BBD 140 per person. 3, 5 and 7 day passes are also available.
Official website: http://www.barbadosgolfclub.com/

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