A great way to get around the island and see the pristine bays and beaches is by joining a boat tour. A Catamaran sunset tour is a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of the island at night, with lingering silent views out over the horizon. Many of these cruises include swim stops, where you can swim with sea turtles and snorkel over shipwrecks. After sunset, indulge in a candlelit dinner under the stars.
A wonderful way to witness the vast underwater world that Barbados is home to is to take a submarine tour - especially great for those who can’t or don’t want to learn to dive. The tours are family friendly and each seat comes with its own viewport. The dives are also available at night which makes for a startlingly different experience, and will take you to explore underwater wrecks and beautiful colourful reefs.
Though Barbados has a very distinct character of its own, England’s rule has left it with a noticeably British flair - for example the national sport of Barbados is Cricket, and the historical architecture harks back to the days of England’s rule with Georgian and Jacobean styles dominating. Take a walk through the capital of Bridgetown to see the parliament buildings - built in 1639. Visit the Barbados museum in Garrison St. Michael to learn about the islands heritage and rich cultures.
Barbados is home to some great festivals including harvest festivals and Barbados music festivals. One of the biggest of which has been the Virgin sponsored Music festival in Silver Sands. There is also the Barbados Jazz Festival, the Holetown Festival and the Barbados Reggae Festival. Many of the cultural festivals include music alongside carnivals, theatre and arts and crafts fairs.
Holidays to Barbados are perfect for lazy days spent sunning yourself under the Caribbean sun with many a perfect beach for you to explore. The western and northern beaches are much calmer than those on the rest of the island and so are ideal spots for sunbathers and swimmers. Folkstone beach to the north of Holtown is a quiet stretch of white sand in close proximity to many water activities while to the south of Holtown is the luxurious and quiet beach of Sandy Lane Bay - a long and wide beach with incredible vistas out over the crystal clear ocean.
The island is home to a nice selection of quiet resorts and beaches aimed primarily at the adult only traveller. A lovely resort is the Almond Beach and Spa in St James. The hotel overlooks the sea and is home to a coral rock right in front of the hotel. Some beautiful scenic areas are to be on the north west tip of the island and include Archers Bay, Smiton’s bay and hangman’s bay. Here you’ll find beautiful unspoiled white sand beaches that lead into calm crystal clear waters and warm grassy hill tops idea for walking and taking in the incredible views.
The islands east and south coasts are best for sports such as surfing and wind surfing with the most renowned on the south east being Silver rock and round rock beaches. In Christchurch the silver sands beach is perfect for kite surfers and wind surfers. There is some great dive and snorkelling spots too and a massive amount of wrecks to explore including those at Carlisle bay. Paynes bay in St James is home to a variety of water sports, including jet skiing and snorkelling.
Barbados has an exceptionally healthy and vibrant reef system. There are both hard and soft coral formations and the waters host a wonderfully colourful variety of sea creatures. Things you might see include angel fish, stingrays, squirrelfish, sea horses and amber jacks. In the north there are also sharks to look out for and on the west coast particularly around Tropicana there have been sightings of nurse sharks. At night, divers can also expect to see crustaceans. There are a variety of turtles around the island too, with the popular The Boot diving site in the south being a good place to spot them.
Live Entertainment in Barbados
If your holidays in Barbados aren’t to be confined solely to sunbathing and basking in the beautiful sunny waters, then you should definitely check out the flourishing live entertainment scene in Barbados. The St Lawrence Gap is home to a great variety of bars playing music all through the week. Mc Bride’s in particular is a good place for live local music, while the Lighthouse bar plays hosts to regular acoustic sets. For something a little different, try a dinner show, many of which take place on the beaches and offer a nice insight into the history and culture of the island.
Barbadian cuisine is essentially Caribbean with influences from African, Chinese, European and West Indian cuisines and because of its island location, it’s heavily sea food based. The restaurants around the island offer a great mix of international foods and fusion restaurants. Cafe Luna is a beautiful rooftop terrace restaurant offering cocktails and a mix of local and international cuisine, including sushi, while the Groots bar and restaurant in St. James offers a friendly atmosphere with Caribbean styled dishes.
Open Air Clubs
Like many island destinations, Barbados has a flourishing club scene, with many clubs taking advantage of the Caribbean air and beachside location to host open air club nights, many of which are on the beach. Just a few minutes from Bridgetown on the Carlisle bay beach you’ll find the Harbour lights night club, home to all night parties, live music, DJ’s and themed beach parties. The Reggae lounge in St Lawrence Gap is a relaxed open air club playing the latest Jamaican hits. It has live local bands every Saturday night. A popular beach for live music and festivals is Brandon’s beach and it’s easy to get to as it’s located just outside the capital of Bridgetown.
You won’t find yourself short of night spots on your holiday to Barbados as there is a plethora of bars scattered all around the island with live music, reggae bars, sports bars, restaurant bars and beach side bars and restaurants catering to every taste. Almost every beach is home to a bar or restaurant making it easy to find what you’re looking for, but for something a little more in land in Bridgetown with fantastic views out over the parliament and clock tower buildings is the Waterfront cafe. It’s a restaurant by day and by night a live music venue playing a mix of Jazz and steel pan music.
Barbados offers a perfect sun-soaked paradise for you to lose yourself in with a loved one. The island is home to some great resorts and hotels and can offer beautiful hotels with balconies and sea views - perfect for long nights under the stars. The South Gap hotel in the St Lawrence Gap is relaxed and affordable, with wonderful sea views and close to popular Dover Beach. The Amaryllis Beach Resort is located in Hastings, facing one of the beautiful Caribbean beaches of the area and set amidst 5 acres of lush tropical gardens, it provides a wonderful spot for a memorable holiday.
Where better to spend your first days as a married couple than amongst the hypnotic Caribbean beaches gazing out to perfect glistening sunsets from your honeymoon suite in one of Barbados’ wonderful selection of hotels or beach side resorts? Many resorts and hotels have some great specials for newlyweds. The House by Elegant Hotels located in St. James is the perfect hotel for couples. At this adults only resort you will be spoilt for choice as to what to do, whether it is sunbathing on the stunning white beach while sipping a cocktail or getting stuck in with one of the complimentary water sports, you are sure to have a memorable honeymoon with your loved one.
Things to do in Barbados
Couples holidays in Barbados offer a great list of attractions and things to do, whether your tastes lie with pleasant relaxing beachside strolls or underwater adventures, there is something to suit everyone. If you’re a fan of walking, then hike to the top of Mount Hillaby for an undisturbed view of the island and stay to watch the sun fall down over the shimmering waters. If you want to explore the underwater world, but don’t want to dive, why not take a submarine expedition where you can see the vibrant reefs and colourful fish life of Barbados.