You can’t go far wrong with a Caribbean holiday: the ultimate sun, sea and sand package. And here on Barbados, one of the most developed of the Caribbean islands, you can pair that desert-island paradise with some added luxury comforts, exceptional food, activities and a fascinating history of the island’s colonial past.
Holidaymakers from across the world flock to Barbados’ sunny shores, and its beaches really are worth the trip. Postcard perfect, the sands really are that white, the seas really are that blue; and you have 92km of them to choose from!
Inland, Barbados is a lush landscape with vast plantation homes, giving lights to its colonial past. You don’t need to be a history buff to appreciate the museums documenting its history, or the tours of the plantations. The countryside is also a haven for hikers and stunning golf courses have become commonplace.
Barbados’ season is split into two: simply, wet- June to November- and dry- December to May. Whatever time of year, the temperature is still likely to peak in the low 30s and the ever-present light breeze keeps the heat from ever getting too stifling.
For the definitive dream holiday getaway, few places can top Barbados. It won’t take you long to adopt the ‘no worries’ attitude and adjust to ‘island time’…it’s adjusting back that’s the issue!
Barbados’ beaches don’t need much introduction. If palm-fringed blonde beaches are your thing, you’re in the right place. Accra Beach on the south coast of the island is a popular haunt of locals and tourists alike. The small bay at one end of the beach make it an ideal place for families with young children, and there’s a host of restaurants, shops and bars alongside the newly-built promenade to enjoy.
Miami Beach is another favourite, and a mass of vendors are on hand to rent sun loungers, umbrellas, even body boards! For a snack, take advantage of the delicious street food from converted buses on the beach; the fish cakes come highly recommended!
For watersports, Ju Ju beach is a must-visit. On the west coast, Ju Ju is a hit with the locals as well as tourists and you can hire out equipment right from the beach. Get a glimpse of life under the waves and the nearby coral reef, where you’ll spot tropical fish and even a sea turtle! Grilled fish and the best homemade chips in Barbados can be found at Ju Ju’s Beach bar so chow down, grab a rum tipple and watch the sun go down with your toes in the sand.
For those who like to add a little culture to their holiday, visit the Sunbury Plantation House. The 17th century house will take you back to Barbados’ colonial past, and give you an insight into life as a plantation owner. The house has been exquisitely restored and the beautiful gardens are perfect to take a wander in after the tour.
Another beautiful plantation house that’s certainly worth a visit is St Nicholas’ Abbey. Set in acres of a sugar cane plantation, the house is a wonderful preservation of the house’s 350-year history and traditions, including its rum production! Take the complimentary guided tour and visit the boiling house and rum distillery where St. Nicholas Abbey rum is made.
For cricket-lovers, the Kensington Oval is a necessary pilgrimage. Barbados’ adopted national sport’s home ground, the Oval is an excellent modern sporting theatre. A tour will take you through the history from the earliest days to its revamp for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, giving you a backstage insight and plenty of photo opportunities. If you have the chance to actually watch a game, the atmosphere is nothing like you will experience anywhere else.
If eating out is a major part of your holiday then you will really be spoilt for choice in Barbados. There’s something to suit every taste, with the famous fish fry in Oistins where you can watch the fish being brought in fresh from the harbour and cooked in front of you.
If fish is not for you, the local fare is packed with flavour. Sample spicy pork chops, dumplings Caribbean style, delicious fried chicken and sweet potatoes to mention but a few. Wash this down with the local rum from one of the many street sellers.