With its luxury hotels, fabulous beaches and amazing choice of activities, it's no surprise that Barbados remains one of the most enchanting of the Caribbean Islands. Barbados warmly embraces a spirit of total relaxation, fun and sophistication.
Here you can savour the true tropical experience within the unique 'Bajan' atmosphere that makes Barbados so special. The island offers everything from magnificent, tranquil beaches to dramatic cliffs, rugged rolling hills and picture-perfect golf courses.
The island’s interior has a fascinating abundance of flora and fauna and the Eastern Atlantic side is ruggedly beautiful. The platinum west coast is renowned for its luxury hotels fronting the soft, white sands and calm waters of the Caribbean.
For the sports enthusiast there is everything from golf to horse racing with some of the best watersports in the world, and for cultural interest there is the island’s varied history and a host of stately homes and elegant plantation houses to visit.
Oistins fish fry - This little fishing village on the south coast comes alive every Friday evening with a lively party atmosphere. The local fishermen cook their catch of the day, which they serve up with big helpings of macaroni pie (the Bajun staple) and lots of fresh salads. The setting is very rustic and it's definitely not fine dining, but the fish is fresh out of the sea and tastes amazing. Go early if you want to browse the souvenir stalls, or later for the dancing and partying which will take you into the early hours.
Barbados's natural wonders - Visit the impressive Harrison's Cave with its gallery of stalactites and stalagmites. Then head to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve where you can stroll feely among the animals. Spend the rest of the day wandering around the beautiful Andromeda Botanical Gardens, a six-acre garden with one of the largest collections of tropical plants in the Caribbean.
Head East - In Barbados most people think that west is best, but if you want to blow the cobwebs away and see a totally different side to the island, then hire a jeep and spend a few hours exploring the rugged Atlantic east coast. Wild deserted beaches and sleepy local villages are here in abundance and you'll love Bathsheba, the main fishing village in the parish of St Joseph.
Dining Out - Dining out can be smart or barefoot, with reservations essential in high season.
We highly recommend The Cliff, simply the best restuarant in the Caribbean. You will be spoilt for choice as there are as many superb restuarants on the island, including the contempory Lone Star Garage, Daphne's, Sassafras, The Tides, The Fish Pot and the elegant new Cin Cin by the Sea. For the real Bajan cuisine, Angry Annie's and Ragamuffins in Holetown are great fun, or sample the widely acclaimed Pisces at St Lawrence Gap or Champers overlooking Accra Beach.
Barbados has excellant, regular air services from the UK. All flights are non-stop and flying time is approx 8 hrs 30 mins.
British Airways up to 10 departures a week from Gatwick
Virgin Atlantic dail;y departures from Gatwick and up to 2 per week from Manchester.