Barbados

A cosmopolitan atmosphere, great hotels, superb beaches and golf courses - this is the Caribbean, with luxury

There’s no one reason Barbados is popular – there are hundreds. The immaculate beaches, the luxurious beachfront retreats, the championship golf courses, the nightlife, the stunning scenery, the food at Oistins Fish Fry…

Alison Jones, who knows her seafood and is also one of our expert consultants for Barbados, recommends Oistins. But she admits it’s a close thing. There are literally hundreds of very fine places to eat scattered around the coastline of Barbados, all serving their own excellent versions of the famous Bajan cuisine. You could go on a gastronomic tour of the West Coast alone.

There are also endless opportunities for relaxation on this charming island. Taking a drive around the rugged coast will introduce you to many of them. You’ll find places where you can swim and snorkel with turtles. There are fine championship golf courses where you’ll be torn between concentrating on putting or admiring the sea views.

On the East Coast your camera will be worked hard, especially if you want to capture all the jaw-dropping scenery around Bathsheba. And then there are grand plantation houses and natural wonders like the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, Chancery Lane Swamp and Harrison’s Cave – a great cavern full of thundering waterfalls, sparkling cascades and brooding pools.

Alison says: alternate your days between touring and the beach. And save your evenings for the sizzling Bajan nightlife.

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