Barbados | Designer Travel



Calypso rhythms and a laid back atmosphere

Barbados is the easternmost island in the Caribbean and undoubtedly a firm favourite with holidaymakers. With its aquamarine waters, sugar-white sands, calypso rhythms, seemingly endless sunshine and ultra-laid back atmosphere it keeps us Brits returning year after year. There’s a wide selection of nightlife and restaurants to choose from along with a host of activities for the sports enthusiast including golf courses, surfing, diving, cricket and horse racing.

This wonderful destination is a tale of two sides – the platinum west coast is graceful and cosmopolitan and home to some of the world’s most exquisite hotels, finest golf courses, excellent shopping boutiques and distinguished restaurants. Bridgetown, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the island’s lively capital where you’ll find plenty to see and do and it’s one of the best spots for diving and discovering ship wrecks. Holetown has beautiful white sand beaches and a wonderful boardwalk. Speightstown is the second largest town on the island and boasts and long and intriguing history.

The east coast is wild with windswept palms and desolate yellow sands and is a surfer’s paradise. Hire a car to drive along and take in the dramatic scenery on the coastal road. Bathsheba lies in the parish of Saint Joseph and has some quaint churches to explore as well as a number of attractions nearby including the Botanical Gardens, the Barbados Flower Forest and the Cotton Tower Signal Station. It’s also home to the major surfing spot known as the Soup Bowl.

Foodies won’t be disappointed either with a mouthwatering selection of fish and seafood available such as red snapper, shrimp and lobster. Make sure you try ‘pepperpot’, a delicious stewed meat dish bursting with flavours from spices and hot peppers. Plus, as Barbados is the birthplace of rum, you should follow your meal with a rum cocktail (or two)!

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Key Highlights
  • Pay a visit to the fascinating and informative Barbados Museum and Historical Society
  • Surfers flock to the beaches along the east coast which provide the best conditions for catching waves
  • Bridgetown is buzzing with shopping centres, restaurants, hotels and lots of nightlife
  • Watersports and diving are very popular and there are some impressive ship wrecks and reefs to discover
  • Oistin’s Friday Night Fish Fry is a must see/do for any visitor to Barbados
  • A Guided Rum Tour will give you all the facts on how rum is produced followed by a wonderful tasting session
  • You can travel around easily by taxi or bus and you can even take a ‘reggae bus’ where you’ll be treated to music throughout your journey – such fun!
  • Ultimate luxury and a magnificent spa can be found at the five-star Sandy Lane
  • For a quiet retreat sent in 12 acres of matured gardens, choose the Coral Reef Club

Travel Information

Time Difference: GMT -4 hours

Currency: Barbadian Dollar

Climate Information

Barbados enjoys average day time highs of between 27°C and 30°C throughout the year.

During the wet season from July to November, some brief but heavy rain showers are likely.

Tropical storms and hurricanes may occur between June and November.

Leisure & Activities

Catamaran Cruises
What better way to experience the crystal clear blue waters of the Caribbean around the shores of Barbados than on board a catamaran. There are many companies on the island that can offer this fantastic opportunity. Many of these catamarans serve delicious local cuisine whilst on board to complete the experience. You may also have the chance to snorkel from the vessel.

Barbados Museum and Historical Society
First established in 1933, The Barbados Museum houses in the region of a half a million artefacts and is located in a former British Military Prison. Some of the items presented include a natural history display of the coral structure of Barbados and a collection of rare historical maps.

Barbados offers a fantastic array of glorious beaches including Accra Beach, Mullins Beach and Worthing Beach . The west coast faces the Caribbean, so the soft sandy beaches on that side experience calmer seas. Along the east coast, the Atlantic Ocean causes it to be a bit windier, so it’s perfect for windsurfing and board surfing.

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