With the Atlantic wild surf on one side and the gentle turquoise Caribbean sea on the other, Barbados is a cocktail of bliss and bustle (and rum). The historic capital, crystallised caves, 17th century mansions and busy nightlife are only topped by the pure white sand beaches.
A little spot of England in the Caribbean
The island’s long history with England has left its mark. Amid the royal palm trees and white beaches, there are English place names like ‘Cheapside Market’, Hastings, Worthing and Brighton. Cricket takes over their lives and televisions, and it’s easy find a cuppa. You certainly won’t feel homesick in Little England.
Full of natural splendour
Explore Barbados top to bottom. There are so many twists and turns to Barbados’s coastline, we’re still finding beaches and natural wonders. Delve into the deep mysteries of the island by coursing through Harrison’s cave on an underground tram. The cave’s crystallised limestone cavern homes emerald pools encircled by sparkling stalagmites.
City life in the historical Bridgetown
Retreat from the sophistication of the west coast to find the seat of Bajan culture. Bridgetown, the capital, throbs with life and reggae beats. Dabble in some shopping, wander to the Garrison (Barbados’s UNESCO site), maybe grab a bite to eat (and some rum) and watch the sun set over the harbour (and maybe another rum).
Caribbean Culture, Calypso & Carnivals in the South
Drink up the Southern cocktail of stunning beaches, exciting watersports, gourmet restaurants and sizzling culture. Along the coastline, there are beaches for every occasion and the St Lawrence Gap is the ideal place for an evening stroll along the promenade. Bridgetown has its fair share of historical sites, including the beautiful Parliamentary buildings. And in the summer, the city comes alive with the Crop Over Festival, a traditional celebration at the conclusion of the Sugar Cane harvesting season annually. This Festival commemorates the significance of the sugar cane trade to the island from the 17th Century and the carnival starts as soon as the as the sugar production grinds to a hault.
West vs. South
We believe the best holidays in Barbados bring together the best of both worlds. And in this case, the two worlds are the west coast and south coast. With blissful white sand beaches, and fringe forests of palm trees, the West Coast, also known as the Platinum Coast, lures the rich and famous. The livelier South never fails to deliver with its cultural feast of history, music and sport.
Platinum by name and platinum by nature
With tranquil retreats and luxury estates, the west coast is a favourite haven for millionaires. Where else can you swim with sea turtles then take off in a catamaran to watch the sun set with a glass of bubbly in hand? The west coast has sophistication down to a tee – especially true for golf lovers who can test their skills with a round at the Royal Westmorland golf course. With rum distilleries to visit (and rum to taste) and more traditional colonial towns to explore, you’ll really have to budget your time to fit everything in.
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