"Dancing was always part of my culture growing up in Barbados"- Rhianna
1. The Food
Don’t miss ‘fish-fry Fridays’ – especially at Oistins. Expect fresh local marlin, Mahi Mahi, swordfish, and even flying fish (our personal favourite!). It can be served as a typical Barbadian chippy dinner, or the popular sandwich version on a freshly-baked salt roll - crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. You’ll also find accompaniment like macaroni pie, plantain and rice n’ peas – all delicious!
2. The Beaches
The island’s beaches are pretty much split in character by geography - the ocean on the west coast is generally warm and calm with turquoise waters gently lapping the shoreline....sigh. Perfect for snorkelling, jet skiing, swimming and catamaran cruises.
By contrast the south coast has flawless, lively beaches that are tourist-heavy. They are surrounded by coral reef and offer water sports such as wind and kite surfing.
Head over to the east coast for rugged, unspoilt sands with rough waters - ideal for surfing.
In the north, there are sandstone cliffs rising 100 feet out of the sea – visit for dramatic, invigorating walks and views, away from the crowds.
3. The Culture
Barbados has a mix of African and British influences, which is reflected in their colonial architecture in Victorian, Georgian and Jacobean styles. British soldiers introduced the islanders to cricket which is still popular – as is dominoes!
The annual 'Crop Over Summer Festival' dates from to the 1700s when the island was the world's largest sugar producer. The festival runs from May to August and you may get to share the streets with Bajan pop star Rhianna and shine like a diamond - hopefully, you won't need your umbrella ella ella! Dancing is the activity of choice here, so get your party shoes on and enjoy the fun atmosphere.
4. The Rum
Believed to be the birthplace of rum, Barbados serves it in over 200 island bars. When the island was colonised by England in 1627 it became the sugar cane cultivator of the Caribbean. Rum has been produced there since 1642 and it was the gift of choice of British sailors as they set sail across the Atlantic for home. To this day, the island continues to produce excellent rum using traditional fermentation techniques. Weaved into the culture of the island, it is celebrated by all-collar-workers in unison.
5. The Luxury Hotels
Barbados is awash with luxurious hotels – traditional Caribbean, uber-modern, and a full mix in-between. Most are beachfront such as Colony Club on the west coast, which, like many five-star properties, is set in acres of tropical gardens. Commonplace are lagoon-style pools, water-skiing, sailing and snorkelling, and of course, decadent spas and tennis courts.