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.