The eastern Caribbean island of Barbados has everything you could wish for in a paradise holiday – here’s 7 reasons to plan a visit as soon as you can!
At just 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, Barbados might be small but it has an abundance of attractions. It’s a favourite among families and couples because of its laid back vibe but activity focused resorts. It’s also top of the list for those after a truly tropical wedding experience.
1. The beaches
With more than 70 miles of white sandy beaches, palm trees and warm crystal clear waters; you’ll certainly fulfil your paradise dreams in Barbados. Stick to the west coast if you prefer a calmer, lazier vibe; Mullins Beach sits on a stretch of the west coastline perfect for snorkelling, plus you can get a drink served to you on the beach from the bar. Bath Beach on the east has plenty of shade and a nice breeze and you can also enjoy a walk along the stunning coastal footpath. The south coast is best for activities like paddle surfing, wind surfing and kite surfing.
2. Culture overload
If you are not enthralled by the beauty of its nature and wildlife, spotting sea turtles and walking coastal trails, you will likely be enjoying the many events and festivals happening all year round. You can party the night away or soak up the fun atmosphere at anything from sporting events, like the Barbados rugby tournament and annual running meets, to music and film festivals and cultural exhibitions. What’s more, Barbados celebrated 50 years of independence in 2016 and is home to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of capital city, Bridgetown and its Garrison.
3. The Bajan Bus
A popular and traditional attraction to Barbados, you can hop on a traditional open Bajan bus for an exciting sightseeing tour of the island. The bus is also available for private charter and is the perfect wedding experience for couples looking for a unique addition to their day.
4. The weather
Barbados is a tropical island so it’s sunny and warm most of the year with intermittent showers. You can expect temperatures of around 25 to 30℃ all year round and a similar temperature of around 26 to 29℃ in the ocean. It makes travelling to Barbados a great destination choice at any time of the year.
5. Holiday variety
You can travel here for a relaxing beach holiday, go wild with water sports or take in the culture of this beautiful island with days of sightseeing; it has it all.
6. Andromeda Botanic Gardens
Established by Iris Bannochie, the Andromeda Gardens is full of plants and trees from across the globe, collected by Mrs Bannochie on her various travels. Look out for the hummingbirds too.
7. The food
A mixture of Caribbean flavours with West African and Indian influences culminating in a taste sensation. There is a lot of fish, meat and fresh local produce with fruit and spicy touches all making it on the table. There are a variety of Bajan restaurants and street foods to sample, as well as more familiar international dishes to explore so you’ll find something to suit everyone. Don’t leave Barbados without experiencing the seafood delights of Oistins Bay Gardens, in Oistins, Christ Church.