Barbados

A former British colony, Barbados is a truly popular Caribbean destination with Brits, boasting white sand beaches on the west coast often referred to as the Gold Coast and much less quieter than the bustling south-coast.  Bridgetown is the capital city, a UNESCO World Heritage  site, and home to provincial and judicial buildings overlooking the marina dotted with colourful sail boats and catamarans.

 

The south coast awash with local  and international bars and restaurants offering Bajan and international cuisine and lively night life which you can enjoy whilst getting up close and personal with the locals. St. Lawrence Gap, is a must see. Affectionately known as “The Gap”, and here you can start the night with a meal following the music – from reggae and calypso as you sip a rum punch or enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants.  Lining the pavements are a plethora of stalls offering local crafts, clothing which make ideal gifts.  As night falls, the whole place comes to life, with  pulsing music from bars and restaurants vying for customers with an abundance  of guests at several nearby hotels who frequent the area day and night.

Further along the Southeast coast is Oistins noted for Fish Fry on Friday nights where the locals and visitors descend the town for a fish fry where you’ll be spoilt for choice with places to eat. The party starts as evening dusks and the sounds systems blare with accompanying dancers of all ages. Youth entertain crowds for with their skilled break dancing and in another corner music of plays for dancing and if you’re lucky you’ll will be treated to older folk  showcasing their own dance moves a definite must see.

Barbados is the easternmost Caribbean island and measures 21 miles long by 14 miles wide and enjoys a stable year-round climate with an average temperature of 28 °C. Average relative humidity 57-74%, with constant trade winds 7-8 miles per hour.

Things to see and do

  • Join in Crop Over Carnival 
  • Sample Flying Fish or your favourite fish at Oistins Fish Fry
  • Mount Gay Rum Bottling Plant 
  • Unesco World Heritage listed, Bridgetown the capital
  • 17th century Parliament Buildings
  • 17th-century St Nicholas Abbey, and its new steam railway
  • Catamaran Cruise for a beautiful sunset
  • Ride in a submarine fo scenic coral, turtles and tropical fish
  • Harrison’s Cave limestone formations
  • Barbados Wildlife Reserve to see the green monkeys amongst others