With its white sand beaches and luxury resorts, Barbados is the ultimate destination for a relaxing getaway. Swim and sunbathe on the west coast, uncover history and culture in Bridgetown, and – come nightfall – head south for the liveliest music venues. A luxury holiday to Barbados offers a revitalising escape with just the right amount of adventure.
The beating heart of Barbados is Bridgetown, a port city on the southwest coast where colonial buildings sit shoulder to shoulder with modern shopping centres, restaurants, and hotels. Home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this lively capital is the place to go for shopping, museums and a window into the enticing rhythms of Bajan culture. Luxury resorts and golf courses pepper the tranquil western coast around the towns of Holetown and Speightstown. Here you’ll find picture perfect white sand beaches gently shelving into calm waters.
For a more buzzing scene, head for the south coast. In Oistins and the St Lawrence Gap you can sip cocktails late into the night and dance on the beach to soca and reggae beats. The eastern coast of Barbados is battered by the Atlantic Ocean, making towns like Bathsheba hotspots for surfers and water sports enthusiasts. Stroll along the deserted beaches and rugged coastlines and feel yourself transported to an undiscovered land. In the centre of the island, natural attractions include a limestone cave system, botanical gardens and the Barbados Wildlife Reserve.
In Barbados, the temperature remains consistent year-round, typically lingering in the late 20s. The most popular time to visit is between December and April, as the weather is dry and the humidity is relatively low.
Seasonal storms come to the island between June and October, but rainfall tends to be brief and is typically followed by sunshine. Visit Barbados between June and August and you can enjoy the spectacle of Crop Over Festival, an island-wide party which celebrates the end of the sugar cane season.
A luxury holiday to Barbados promises some truly special dining experiences. In the beach resorts, you can expect to sample 5-star international cuisine in beautiful surroundings – al fresco dining is the norm out here.
Expect plenty of fresh fish and seafood cooked to perfection. In the cities and towns, you can try out authentic dishes such as pepperpot, and the unusual national dish – flying fish and cou cou. As for drinks, expect everything from vintage champagnes to rum punch and local beer.
British passport holders do not need a visa to enter Barbados, however you should familiarise yourself with the island's entry requirements at GOV.UK before you book. Before going to Barbados, make photocopies of your passport and other official documents for safekeeping.