The most easterly island in the Caribbean, Barbados is found south of St Lucia and north of Tobago. It is arguably the easiest of the Caribbean nations to get to from the UK – there are a number of carriers offering regular flights.
Barbados is a delightful island blessed with a stunning combination of silky beaches, year-round sunshine and a luscious green landscape. This little gem of an island in the Atlantic is only 21 miles long by 14 miles wide, but packs an almighty punch by virtue of its idyllic beauty. The highest point of the island is Mount Hillaby rising magnificently to 1,105ft – giving amazing views of the island, particularly the northern and eastern sides.
Why visit Barbados?
While many Caribbean islands get by on the beauty of their beaches, Barbados offers a huge range of activities too, including surfing, snorkelling and in-land safaris
The south coast has some of the best nightlife in the Caribbean. Hotspots like St Lawrence Gap and Oistins are perfect if you’re looking to party
The west shoreline is known as the Platinum Coast and is home to stretches of truly stunning beach including the lovely Gibbes Beach
One of the best Caribbean nations for foodies – there is a blend of high-class beachfront restaurants and delectable local specialities. Reserve a table at The Cliff restaurant if it’s a special occasion or get a ‘flying fish cutter’ from a little cafe for everyday deliciousness
If golf is your thing, you can tee-off at a huge number of excellent courses including Sandy Lane and Westmoreland
Places to visit
The south coast of Barbados is the most common holiday destination with fantastic modern resorts and a fun nightlife concentrated around St Lawrence Gap, plus a gorgeous boardwalk to stroll along. A stay at The SoCo Hotel - available exclusively through Tropical Sky - in the south coast resort of Hastings will put you right in the heart of the area, as the stylish art deco resort is situated at the start of the boardwalk itself.
The west coast of the island is perfect for beach-seekers and really is home to some breath-taking stretches of sand and sea.
A visit to Bridgetown takes you to a hearty Caribbean capital. The bustle gets a little hectic but the people remain graciously friendly and always willing to chat. Cricket is the national pastime and watching a game here is quite a different experience to that in the UK. And if it gets you in the mood for some sports, Barbados’ range of golf courses is unmatched in the Caribbean.
Barbados is a truly magical place to visit, and even though it is so small, you are bound never to be bored. If it’s a bracing walk or a spot of surfing that appeals then a visit to the stunning Bathsheba Beach, on the east of the island, is a must. Here, the Atlantic seas pound the beach, causing the milky sea which inspired the name.
A great deal of time and energy has gone into landscaping Hunte’s Gardens, which are well worth a visit. The garden has been created from a sink hole, and is arranged in terraces where you can rest and soak up the atmosphere, taking in the delights of this tropical paradise. For the younger children there is much to see at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, with monkeys, tortoises, deer, peacocks and pelicans roaming free.
If you fancy a swim with turtles then drop in at Folkestone Marine Park. It is awe-inspiring to swim with such majestic creatures in their natural environment. If you enjoy a bit of a bet, some good food and maybe a cocktail or two then the go along to the Barbados Turf Club. The atmosphere is great and you get a chance to mix with the friendly locals. The list of places to visit are endless, you would be spoilt for choice!
The country’s culture is a lovely blend of English and West African traditions – a primarily Christian ethos punctuated by pockets of Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and the rapidly growing Rastafarianism. This friendly, multicultural society is one of the real charms of Barbados; the people are kind, helpful and open.
The largest event on the island is the Crop Over festival. As in many other Caribbean and Latin American countries, Crop Over is an important event and celebrates the days when sugar cane was king. At the end of the sugar season, there was always a huge celebration to mark the culmination of another successful sugar cane harvest – hence Crop Over.
The festival includes musical competitions and other traditional activities, and features the island's calypso music. The festival gets under way at the beginning of July and ends with the costumed parade on Kadooment Day, held on the first Monday of August.
Barbados is also one of the best Caribbean nations for foodies – there is a blend of high-class beachfront restaurants and delectable local specialities almost everywhere you can go on the island.
Although it’s so small, Barbados is brimming over with all the ingredients which make the perfect holiday of a lifetime – you‘ll never regret choosing this amazing destination with Tropical Sky.
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