When you think about living it up in a tropical island, you are probably picturing lush greenery, warm temperature, a scenic coastline, a long stretch of golden sand, azure waters, and a healthy amount of sunshine. Barbados, located in the easternmost part of the Caribbean, ticks off pretty much every item on the list…and more. Rightfully dubbed as ‘The Gem of the Caribbean Sea’, Barbados is constantly sought after by tourists from the UK and all over the globe.
While the Spanish first discovered the country, the British first occupied it in 1627. The English settlement lasted until 1961 when Barbados was granted internal autonomy. While the island has been independent for over five decades, remnants of the settlement can still be seen. And it’s part of Barbados’ charm, an island of contrasts with modern ways and traditional influences from the past.
In Barbados, there is something to enjoy for everyone. For a place that is so popular with honeymooners and celebrities, it’s hard to imagine visiting for a quick holiday without breaking the bank. If you’re a budget traveler, don’t fret. There are plenty of budget accommodations to stay in, public beaches to enjoy and local stalls to visit for your meals. And if you’re in the dazzling island to splurge, the options are overflowing. Stay in one of Barbados’ exclusive luxury hotels and eat your way around the island the classy way by indulging in its many top-notch fine dining spots.
We know it’s tempting to just relax in a stunning resort all day long with a cocktail in hand. But Barbados has so much more to offer. Here are a few of our suggestions that you can add to your itinerary.
Sun, sand, and swell. The island has plenty of great surfing spots for intermediate and expert surfers to enjoy. Don’t hesitate to bring your surfboard and catch some waves. If you’re looking for a challenge, head on over to the popular Soup Bowl in Bathsheba Beach.
Right at the beautiful central uplands of Barbados is a marvelous natural wonder — Harrison’s Cave. This well-preserved crystallized limestone cave is one of the most popular attractions on the island. View clear streams, waterfalls, stalactites, stalagmites, and calm pools of water. You can book tours to the cave daily but walk-in tours are also available during weekends. The area has restrooms, a gift shop and parking space. To get there, you can drive up or take the Route No. 4 Shorey Village or Chalky Mount bus.
Owing to its picturesque setting and rolling waves, this beach is a haven for surfers and photographers. The beach located in St. Joseph features gorgeous ocean views and surreal rock formations that anyone can definitely appreciate. While the rough waters make the water unsafe for swimming, there’s plenty to do other than enjoy the view. Stop by the nearby rum shacks for a drink, take leisurely walks, fly kites, lounge by the beach or have a picnic with the family. We recommend renting a car to visit due to the limited public transportation in the area.
Are you traveling with the family and looking for a fun daytime activity? Make sure to stop by the Barbados Wildlife Reserve in Farley Hill, St. Peter to observe and learn more about the islands’ native animals. You’ll see plenty of green monkeys, deer, tortoises, peacocks, and pelicans. Stroll around and watch the animals in close range as they eat, play and interact with each other in their natural habitat. Don’t miss the feeding time at 2 in the afternoon. Call the Barbados Wildlife Reserve at +1 246-422-8826 should you have any inquiries.
Another natural wonder to capture the heart every nature lover is the Animal Flower Cave in St. Lucy, the northern tip of the island. This is island’s only accessible sea cave discovered in 1780 by two English explorers. The cave’s coral floor is estimated to be between four to five centuries old. The history alone is mesmerizing but come inside and you be treated to a breathtaking view. The cave is named after the many sea anemones, locally referred to as ‘sea flowers’, thriving in its coral reefs and pools. Observe these beautiful creatures, take in the sight of the coastline, swim in the clear and inviting natural pools or enjoy a meal at the restaurant nearby. Visiting the Animal Flower Cave will entail a minimal fee for the local tour guide.
The history of Mount Gay, the world’s oldest rum distillery, started in Barbados. Rum shacks are all over the island and each one carries this famous local brand. If you enjoy the drink or simply want a taste of rum history, paying a visit to this nearly four centuries old distillery is a must. You’ll witness a behind-the-scenes look at the company’s production process and have the chance to sample different varieties of their rum.
Ready to explore Barbados? Get in touch with us with your travel dates, activities and budget in mind and we’ll get back to you with a one of a kind holiday.
Planning ahead and your trips early can get you amazing discounts. Right now, you can take advantage of our 7-night Barbados Holiday from ONLY £679 per person. This package is inclusive of direct flights from London Gatwick as well as accommodation at the Time Out Hotel. Interested? Call 07484 703 647, email [email protected] or visit clbglobaltravel.com for more information.
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