Enriched by culture, colour and cuisine, Barbados continues to entice pleasure seekers to its idyllic landscapes that include rolling hills of green enveloping grand plantation houses, paradisiacal beaches with sand as white as snow and colonial buildings painted in soft pastel shades.
Discover the epitome of Caribbean luxury on the fashionable west coast, which is teeming with world class resorts, attractions and beaches. Browne's Beach is renown for its white sands juxtaposed with a sea of the deepest blue hues adorned by small boats and colourful catamarans that mirror the nation's vibrant character.
Those in search of adventure should head down to the lively south coast, where the sun-kissed shores are buzzing with energy: a plethora of different watersports on offer, a medley of authentic Caribbean rum and cuisine vendors and, of course, the famous Miami Beach. Whilst the antithesis of its American namesake, Miami Beach is a pleasurable blend of lively and calm – the eastern end is rife with towering waves that are ideal for surfers and lovers of the boogie board, whilst the western end boasts serene, shallow waters that are just perfect for families with small children.
On the dramatic Atlantic east coast wide, wind-blown beaches and huge crashing waves are popular with daring surfers and walkers rather than those seeking a tranquil place to soak up the sun or swim. The 'soup bowl' at Bathsheba is the surfer's choice and a drive along the dramatic coastal road to take in the view of impressive coral sculptures is sure to be a highlight of any visit to this island. To witness one of the finest displays of tropical and exotic flora, visit Andromeda Botanic Gardens in Bathsheba. With a flurry of colour and unadulterated beauty, the Gardens never fail to impress.
Of course, the Bajan port capital - Bridgetown – is a must-see when visiting Barbados. With its colonial architecture inspired by Britain's presence since the 17th century, the city is a time capsule teeming with history. Visit Mount Gay Visitors Centre to taste and learn about the world's oldest and most storied rum that has been produced here since 1703. For history buffs, head to the Barbados Museum which is housed in an early 19th century British military prison, innovatively presented in the preserved prison cells – a perfect choice for those wishing to delve deeper into the nation's colonial past.
Whilst Barbados has a distinctive British atmosphere, as shown in village cricket and red post boxes, it has a strong West Indian identity that is firmly rooted in the cuisine. Whether it is waterside eateries serving Caribbean soul food, hipster hotspots offering a fusion of Bajan and Asian dishes or upmarket seafood restaurants that tickle your taste buds, there is something for everyone. For special occasions and sophisticated dining, Barbados' most famous restaurant – The Cliff – is recommended. Often frequented by celebrities, The Cliff is renowned for its theatrical setting, intricate presentation and innovative flavours. Equally, lovers of seafood should make a trip to Friday Night Fish Fry at Oistins in the south to taste the nation's finest fish dishes.
When it comes to shopping, few things can beat the duty free bargains that Broad Street in Bridgetown has to offer. With unbelievable discounts on American and European brands alike, Bridgetown is a hive for all things retail. Alternatively, adventuring into the small villages surrounding the capital will reveal eclectic shops selling quaint souvenirs and homemade jewellery.
When thinking about nightlife in Barbados, look no further than St. Lawrence Gap; a stretch of road in the parish of Christ Church that's home to numerous nightclubs, catering to a variety of music tastes. There are also a number of chic, pop-art inspired cocktail bars set in colonial chattel houses and rum shacks on the beach for chilled, authentic Bajan evenings.
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- Numerous glorious golden beaches
- Warm, crystal-clear seas
- Perfect for couples
- Ideal for families
- Colourful underwater world
- Activities galore
- Plethora of restaurants
- Historic sites
- Fantastic surfing