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Barbados Travel Guide

Barbados has been dubbed 'the real fantasy island', and it’s easy to understand why. Holidays to Barbados feature exotic resorts and glorious beaches, 340 days of sunshine a year, numerous unique tourist attractions, a throbbing nightlife and friendly inhabitants. It is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Caribbean.

Barbados islanders call themselves 'Bajans' and are West Indian by descent. English customs and cultural influences are evident across the island in the Anglican stone churches (the island is divided into numerous parishes) and in the many cricket games played on the village greens. Barbados holidays are made even more memorable because of the open, friendly nature of the Bajan people.

Known as the 'pearl of the Caribbean', Barbados is the most easterly Caribbean island. The island is a pear-shaped, 20-mile (32km) stretch of ancient coral reef that was formed approximately one million years ago. Fascinating underground caverns have formed in the soft coral over time. The coral reefs entice tourists to Barbados for activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, and water sports.

Holidays To Barbados - Things To Do

Located in St. Peter, deep in a natural mahogany wood, Barbados Wildlife Reserve is a great way to spend a few hours. The Reserve is home to the cheeky Barbadian Green Monkey, as well as a large selection of reptiles and birds. Here you have a unique opportunity to wander freely watching the animals as they eat, play and interact with each other.

A visit to Harrison’s Cave in St. Thomas is one of the most popular things to do in Barbados. This beautiful underground cave is a testament to the force of Mother Nature. Streams of clear water run through the cave, which is adorned with stalagmites and stalactites.

Visitors to Harrison’s Cave are driven in trams through the extensive system of caverns and can observe the spectacular stalagmites and stalactites as they descend to the lowest level point in the cave; here they can walk alongside a waterfall which plunges into a deep pool below. This is a truly amazing experience!

A visit to Gun Hill Signal Station a great spot for taking in some of Barbados’ breath-taking views. Built in 1818, this signal station was used as a communication point for sick British soldiers. On a clear day, you will be rewarded with the perfect photo backdrop as the entire island of Barbados stretches behind you. You can even have a bite to eat, as the old military kitchen has been turned into a snack bar.

You won’t want to miss out on the regular fish fry night at Oistins Bay Gardens in the quaint village of Oistins. Locals sell freshly caught fish at a busy market and will cook it in front of you – choose grilled or fried depending on which vendor you go to. There’s plenty of late night dancing, reggae music and rum once you’ve had your fill of fresh fish.

Holidays to Barbados are popular with snorkelling and diving enthusiasts. The warm waters boast healthy coral reefs and fringes, home to sea horses, frog fish, giant sand eels and many other marine creatures. Barbados has several excellent sites for wreck diving. Carlisle Bay with over 200 reported wrecks, and the Stavronikita, located at Folkestone Marine Park, are two of the most popular wreck diving sites.

Honeymoons To Barbados

Barbados is an island like no other, a laid-back haven of amazing beach resorts, restaurants and nightlife, it’s the perfect romantic honeymoon destination.  Honeymoons to Barbados don’t necessarily need to be all-inclusive, instead, choose self-catering accommodation like Bougainvillea Beach Resort. Located on a gorgeous stretch of beach, this resort is near a great selection of excellent dining and nightlife hotspots.

If an all-inclusive honeymoon to Barbados is your preference then the luxury five-star Almond Beach Resort in Rose Hill (Douglas), is an excellent option. You'll be minutes from Heywoods Beach and close to St. Peter Parish Church. This luxury all-inclusive resort is within proximity of Speightstown Esplanade and Port St. Charles Marina.

Best Time To Visit Barbados

Barbados is a year-round holiday destination, with average temperatures of between 24 and 29 degrees. The best time to visit Barbados is during high season which runs from December to June. This also corresponds to the driest time of year.

The humidity and temperatures rise during the rainy season. The rain typically comes in quick showers during the wet season between June and November. The Tropical rains are spectacular but as the island is very porous the heaviest rains quickly drain off into the underground lakes or into the sea. It’s soon dry and sunny once again, and as the prices can be a little lower, it’s definitely not a bad time to visit.

Hurricanes rarely hit landfall in Barbados, the Island is somewhat separate from the Caribbean island chain. Hurricane season in the Caribbean runs from the start of June to the end of November and although unlikely to affect your holiday it’s definitely worth noting that there is a small potential risk.

Barbados Holiday Offers

The Travelmood team includes several destination experts who can create a bespoke itinerary for your holiday to Barbados. Our travel experts have all visited Barbados and the Caribbean and have personal experience of the best all-inclusive resorts, attractions and tours that they recommend. As well as creating custom holiday itineraries, we have a great selection of luxury all-inclusive honeymoons to Barbados to choose from so why not call us today and get your Caribbean getaway started!