Holidays to Barbados in 2014

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Beautiful Barbados

Glorious sand-swept beaches, striking landscapes and a culture to dive head first into – these are just some of the things that stand out on your holidays to Barbados.

Pack up your suitcases and get ready to enter paradise. Whether you’re looking to embark on a family getaway, a romantic island retreat, an all-inclusive luxury break or a lively adventure with friends, this stunning coral island is bound to impress with its array of things to do.

Kick back with a cocktail on its stunning white sands, don your snorkelling gear and explore its clear blue seas or indulge your senses with the bustling nightlife this island is famous for. Whatever adventures you’re looking to have, you can be sure that this Caribbean classic will make your Barbados holidays truly unforgettable.

Welcome to paradise

With its paradisiacal vision of azure-waters and white sands fuelling the fantasies of many, it is no surprise that Barbados attracts over half a million holidaymakers each year. Enjoy beautiful architecture, fantastic restaurants and great shopping opportunities in the capital city of Bridgetown, or take in the spectacular beaches and family-friendly atmosphere found in Christchurch. The luxurious Ocean Two Resort & Residences hotel is right on the beachfront- an ideal spot if you want to be in easy reach of shops and sun-loungers.

Dance the night away in St. Lawrence’s Gap or explore the myriad of museums and galleries that chart Barbados’ cultural past in the Garrison area. Meanwhile, Hastings and Worthing attract a younger crowd on their holidays in Barbados and are popular for surfing, while St. James is the ideal spot to rub shoulders with the rich and famous.

If you’d rather venture further afield, why not head to a beautiful beach resort in nearby Jamaica? Alternatively, with 365 beaches – one for each day of the year, Antigua is perhaps the best beach holiday destination in the Caribbean. Take a trip here to enjoy rich culture and vibrant history.

Island retreats

With its year-round sunshine, Barbados holidays are unsurprisingly popular for holidaymakers looking to escape the rainy British weather. However, there is still an array of things to do in Barbados other than relax by the sea. Barbados is renowned for its hospitable local community, with many on hand with traditional entertainment – from calypso to reggae to more refined dinners and shows.

Barbados also boasts some of the most mouth-watering cuisine in the Caribbean, with many world-class restaurants intermingled with rustic beach bars serving up freshly caught seafood and local rum. Influenced by food and traditions from England, Portugal, Spain and West Africa, the food served up on this vibrant island is a fusion like no other. Try traditionally cooked Pepperpot, a spicy pork dish or delicious Bajan Candied Sweet Potatoesfor an authentic taste of the island.

If you’d rather up the ante on your holidays to Barbados, head straight for the Soup Bowl on the east coast – you’ll find a wealth of world-class water sports on offer, from surfing to scuba-diving. Shimmy into your wetsuit and delve beneath the surface to discover striking coral reefs and abandoned ship wrecks, or embark on a sailing tour that includes designated stops to swim with sea turtles – a unique experience and a must-do on your holidays in Barbados.

Generally speaking, the west coast is quieter, making it ideal for families or couples looking for a romantic beach holiday, while the south coast offers water sports and a livelier vibe. The north and east coasts are wilder and more rugged, offering many unspoilt beaches and hidden coves where you can really get away from it all.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: English (Bajan dialect)
Currency: Barbados Dollar
Local time: GMT -4 hours
Local airport: Barbados Grantley Adams
Flight time: 8 hours 30 minutes

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Sunset Cruise

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.

Submarine Tour

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.

Barbados Culture

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.

Music Festivals

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.