Barbados Holidays

Barbados Holidays

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Barbados is a Caribbean island filled with colour, music and friendly locals. Explore the stunning sandy beaches, the unique delicious food and the cool bars and clubs around this miniature yet marvellous island. If you’re looking for more than just a beach holiday, but still want to feel ultimate relaxation the whole time you’re there – Barbados is the perfect place for you.

Beaches
When you think of the Caribbean, pristine white beaches probably spring to mind. Barbados’ coast is lined with breath-taking public beaches, offering soft sands, clear waters and palm trees for those who prefer a spot in the shade. On the west coast, you’ll find calm, tepid waters as the beaches meet the Caribbean Sea. Some of our favourite spots include Mullins Beach, Holetown Beach and Brownes Beach. If you prefer a slightly cooler dip with plenty of waves, the East coast features shores such as Crane Beach and Bathsheba, where you can bob along in the Atlantic Ocean.

Food & Drink
With influences from all over the globe, Bajan cuisine is filled with different tastes, textures and is its own unique twist on every meal. If you’re a fan of spice with a hint of sweet, Jerk seasoning is for you. You’ll find Jerk chicken all over the island, in beach bars, restaurants and there are even little food vans that cook it to perfection for you – a tasty but cheap treat! Us Brits love curry, so you’ll definitely love the Bajan curry wrapped in a roti. Or, if you prefer seafood, flying fish and tuna steak are two scrumptious recommendations. Once a poor man’s dish, macaroni pie is another top hit in Barbados, which is similar to macaroni cheese but baked as a pie - it’s delicious. Fried plantain, steamed vegetables, and rice and peas are the typical accompaniments to main courses and can be made even more delightful with a splash of Bajan hot sauce. Breadfruit is a popular grocery that’s found growing around the island, and is served with savoury dishes due to its taste, which (you guessed it) is much like bread. If you have a sweet tooth, bakes and Bajan black cake are two yummy sweets to try. For refreshments, Mauby drink is a kind of iced tea made from spices and served with food. If you’re looking for something stronger, go for the beloved rum punch – be careful though, as you may not realise how strong they are until you try getting up from your sunbed!

Culture
One thing that brings tourists back to Barbados time after time is the friendliness of the locals. Kind, welcoming and up for a good chat, the people in Barbados are those that will stay in your memory forever. As the national language is English, it’s easy to have great conversations with them, but listen out for when they talk to each other, as they also speak ‘Bajan’, the island’s very own dialect. If you’re one for exploring, it’s easy to do with the bus services running regularly around the island and costing next to nothing to get you there. Not only do they have the government run buses, but they also have the ‘reggae’ buses, which are easy to see (or should we say hear), as they blast reggae music all day long and are a fun experience in themselves.

Nightlife
A nation who love their music, there’s no wonder you’ll find fantastic nightlife in Barbados. From buzzing bars, to bouncing clubs, to bustling street parties – there’s plenty of chance to dance the night away. If you’re after a night on the tiles, Harbour Lights in Bridgetown is a must-visit, or if you’re a bit further north, Red Door Lounge in Holetown is a popular pick. Enjoy a drink with live music at Mullins Beach Bar or head to St. Lawrence Gap for a great selection of bars that come alive at night. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting over New Year’s Eve (or as they say, ‘Old Years Night’), then you’re sure to come across some of the spectacular street parties around, with drinking, singing and a whole lot of dancing.

Important Information
Flight Time: 9 hours
Time Difference: -5hrs
Currency: Barbadian Dollar
Official Language: English

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Top Barbados Hotels

Savannah Beach Hotel

Hastings, St Michael, Barbados

Mango Bay Beach Resort

Holetown, St James, Barbados

South Gap Hotel

St Lawrence Gap, St Lawrence, Barbados

All Seasons Resort Europa

Holetown, St James, Barbados

Treasure Beach Hotel - Adult Only

Holetown, St James, Barbados

Discovery Bay By Rex Resorts

Holetown, St James, Barbados

Butterfly Beach Hotel

Oistins, Christ Church, Barbados

Bougainvillea Beach Resort

St Lawrence Gap, St Lawrence, Barbados

South Beach

Rockley, St James, Barbados

Coconut Court Beach

Hastings, St Michael, Barbados

Barbados Beach Club

St Lawrence Gap, St Lawrence, Barbados

Accra Beach Resort

Rockley, St James, Barbados

Hilton Barbados

Bridgetown, St Michael, Barbados

Colony Club

Folkestone, St James, Barbados

Crystal Cove Hotel

Appleby, St James, Barbados

Tamarind Cove

Holetown, St James, Barbados

The House - Adults Only

Holetown, St James, Barbados

Turtle Beach Resort

St Lawrence Gap, St Lawrence, Barbados

Rostrevor

St Lawrence Gap, St Lawrence, Barbados

Sugar Cane Club

Speightstown, St Peter, Barbados

Infinity On The Beach

St Lawrence Gap, St Lawrence, Barbados

Ocean Two Resort and Residences

Christ Church, Christ Church, Barbados

Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels

Fitts Village, St James, Barbados

The Club Barbados - Adult Only

Holetown, St James, Barbados

Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados

Bridgetown, St Michael, Barbados

Cobblers Cove

Speightstown, St Peter, Barbados

Saint Peters Bay Luxury Resort and Residences

Speightstown, St Peter, Barbados

Sandals Barbados - Adults Only

Oistins, Christ Church, Barbados

Sandals Royal Barbados - Adults Only

Oistins, Christ Church, Barbados

Little Good Harbour

Speightstown, St Peter, Barbados

Barbados Weather

Barbados boasts a tropical climate, with warm weather year-round and average temperatures staying between 26°C and 27°C from season to season. The driest months are December to May and the rainy season begins in June and lasts until November. Beach-lovers will be pleased to know that the average sea temperature ranges from 27°C to 29°C throughout the year, so you can take a dip no matter what month it is.
Jan 29ºC
Feb 29ºC
Mar 29ºC
Apr 29ºC
May 29ºC
Jun 30ºC
Jul 30ºC
Aug 30ºC
Sep 30ºC
Oct 29ºC
Nov 29ºC
Dec 28ºC

Things To Do on Barbados Holidays

Oistins Fish Fry
The place to be on a Friday night, Oistins Fish Fry is basically one big food party. Wander around the different food stalls and take your pick from a wide range of fish and meat that can be grilled or fried just for you. Once your belly is full, grab a drink and discover the entertainment, from DJ’s to dance routines and craft stalls to card playing – it’s a fun night for everyone.

Turtle Spotting
The Caribbean Sea is filled with colourful, tropical fish waiting to be discovered, but it’s also home to some friendly turtles too! You may be able to spot them near the shore now and again, but why not go on a boat trip where you can snorkel with and feed the turtles yourself? Whether you go on a public trip or splash out on a private one, you’re sure to have a great time sailing the seas and making some fishy friends along the way.

The Boatyard Club
Located in Bridgetown, The Boatyard Club is a bar, restaurant and fun-zone for the whole family. Situated on the beach, you can take the whole gang to play beach volleyball, go jet skiing, play on the inflatables in the sea and then wind down with some delicious food and drinks. Even if you’re not travelling with kids, it’s still a great spot for a beachy day out.

Carnival
When Barbados celebrate, they do it in style. Between June and August every year, the island celebrates ‘Crop Over’ by hosting a huge carnival filled with show-stopping outfits, spectacular dancing and an unbeatable atmosphere for a whole week! If you’re visiting during the time of ‘Crop Over’, make sure to get your best outfit and your dancing shoes on, and have a fantastic time with all of the lovely locals.