Barbados is famous for its long beaches and warm seas. The island is a great destination for beach holidays, but there is much more to do than sunbathe. The lively capital – Bridgetown – is worth visiting and Barbados is great for water sports.
Beach Holidays in Barbados
Barbados has a range of beach resorts to suit all tastes – whether you are looking for a relaxing time in a stylish hotel, a family friendly resort, or somewhere with lots of water sports you will be able to find it in Barbados.
West Coast Barbados Holidays
A quiet beach, Barbados
Barbados’ west coast is home to the islands’ luxury resorts. The hotels are stylish and elegant, and the main town – Holetown – has upmarket shops and restaurants.
The most popular beaches in the area are St James and Sandy Lane – the latter is home to the famous Sandy Lane Hotel.
East Coast Barbados Holidays
The east coast is less developed compared to the west coast and has small fishing villages interspersed with beaches. The water is rougher as the coast faces the Atlantic Ocean and the area is popular with surfers.
The main beach on the coast is Bathsheba, which has a number of hotels. However, the sea is colder and currents are stronger so unless you are an avid surfer this side of island may not be for you.
South Coast Barbados Holidays
The south coast has the warm waters and calm seas of Caribbean (unlike the east coast) and is more lively and family friendly than the exclusive west coast.
St Lawrence Gap is the focal point of the south coast and has some of the best nightlife on the island. The surrounding beaches, including Dover Beach and Maxwell Beach have lots of resorts. The area is good for water sports – in particular kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Things To Do In Barbados
If you want to explore more of the island than the beaches then there are some good day trip options.
Boat trips are very popular in Barbados. It’s a great way to see the island whether it’s just for a few hours or a whole day incorporating lunch, snorkelling, and sunset drinks.
Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados and has an interesting colonial history as a key trading port for the British. There are lots of bars and restaurants in the city, and it is a good place to eat more traditional and authentic Bajan food than the beach resorts.
Other Things To Do
Other trips on the island include visiting the Mount Gay Rum factory for tasting and a tour, the caves near St Lucy at north of island, or walking around Hunte’s botanical gardens.
Where to Stay in Barbados
The majority of accommodation in Barbados is beach resorts and hotels. These come in all shapes and sizes so you should be able to find something to suit your needs.
Best Time to Go to Barbados
Barbados is a year round destination. From July to November is hurricane season and whilst hurricanes are rare there is more rain, but it is usually over quickly.
Getting Around Barbados
Hiring a car or using taxis is the best way to get around Barbados. You can also hire a boat if you want more of an experience.
Getting to Barbados
Virgin Atlantic and British Airways both fly direct to Barbados with several flights a day.