Holidays to Barbados 2015

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Beautiful Barbados

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

Looking to fulfil your desert island fantasies? Whether you’re seeking a family getaway, romantic island retreat or a lively adventure with a group of friends, this stunning part of the world is bound to impress. From lazing on white sands with a cocktail or two, to putting on your snorkelling mask for a journey underwater, you’ll find plenty of things to do.Indulge your senses with the bustling nightlife Barbados holidays are famed for, or immerse yourself in the laid-back Caribbean culture of this vibrant island.

Paradise Calls

With its vision of azure-waters and white sands fuelling the fantasies of many, it’s no surprise that Barbados attracts over half a million holidaymakers each year. There is beautiful architecture, mouth-watering cuisine and great shopping opportunities to be found in the capital city of Bridgetown, or alternatively you can choose to relax on the spectacular beaches and in the family-friendly atmosphere of Christchurch. Bag yourself beachside accommodation for a short walk to the sea – the ideal option for those looking to spend their holidays to Barbados topping up their tan and refilling their drinks sprawled out on a sun-lounger, or you can take a short jaunt to Jamaica for its impressive landscapes and laid-back vibe.

Beside the Beach

Of course, the best bit about holidays in Barbados is revealing yourself to its year-round sunshine – perfect for those seeking an escape from the unpredictable British weather! The Caribbean boasts a fantastic amount to see and do, so if you fancy some all-inclusive luxury, you can hop over to the Dominican Republic to appreciate its stunning scenery.

If you don’t fancy spending all your time relaxing by the sea, however, there are some great activities and entertainment opportunities to delve into. The Soup Bowl, situated on the east coast, is the best place for keen scuba-divers and surfers, with the chance to catch a glimpse of the sea turtles that inhabit the area. Dive into the waters and you’ll discover striking coral reefs and abandoned ship wrecks, creating a unique experience for your Barbados holiday.

This part of the world also boasts some of the best cuisine across the globe, with world-class restaurants and rustic beach bars showcasing a medley of flavours and delicious dishes. Influenced by the food and traditions of England, Portugal, Spain and West Africa, you’ll find fusion food like no other. Sample traditionally cooked Pepperpot, a hearty spicy pork dish popular with the locals or try Bajan Candied Sweet Potatoes for an authentic taste of the island – delicious!

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.