What to do in Barbados
Watersports: Adrenaline-seeking surfers can find big waves on the eastern Atlantic coast and for those looking for a slightly more tranquil adventure, the calm turquoise water of the Caribbean Sea is the perfect place to learn how to windsurf or kitesurf in Barbados.
Beach life: There are two very different types of beach in Barbados; those with gigantic waves and surf on the eastern coast and those with calm, crystalline waters in the west.
Nature: Home to some striking flora and fauna, Barbados is a nature lover's paradise. From turtles to mangrove swamps, visit the Andromeda Botanic Gardens or the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary near Maxwell Coast to see mangrove trees, or go bird watching with an experienced guide.
Nightlife: You're sure to hear the sound of calypso and reggae music drifting on the breeze all over the island. Music and dancing are the lifeblood of Barbados. The streets of St. Lawrence Gap are lined with bars and clubs rocking to the sounds of island music and tunes by Barbadian pop sensation Rihanna.
History: The island's colonial past has not been forgotten, with several fascinating museums showcasing ancient relics and recreating stories from the past. Take a tour around the island's former plantation estates and marvel at the grandeur of homes such as St. Nicholas Abbey.
Culture: Home to the unique Bajan culture, Barbadians are famed for their laid back approach to life and warm, friendly and welcoming nature. Dance, eat and smile your way across the island or visit during carnival time and find out how to party in true Caribbean style.
Excursions and Attractions
The gardens in Barbados are well worth visiting if you get the opportunity. Bursting with vibrant colours and tropical aromas, you will find some of the most beautiful flora in the Caribbean. This tour will introduce you to the spectacular Andromeda...
Venture off the beaten track during your holiday in Barbados and explore some of the most beautiful places on the island. Travelling off-road on a 4x4 Land Rover will introduce you to idyllic spots inaccessible to tour coaches and standard hire cars. This...
Located in the tropics between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the stunning coral island of Barbados is a place of natural beauty – both in and out of the water – renowned for its glorious white-sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise...
An exhilarating way to see the island. The thrill of a helicopter ride and an island tour in one! Barbados is a beautiful and fascinating island of stark contrasts. Located in the tropics between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the landscape on...
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Prince Harry is set to return to the island of Barbados as part of a seven-leg Caribbean tour this autumn. The Royal will plan his trip in line with the 50th Anniversary of Independence for Barbados, and he will return to the tropical island where he danced calypso on stage during a charity concert and met dignitaries and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in January, 2010.
Elegant Hotels has announced the opening of its newest property in Barbados, the Waves Hotel and Spa, following a renovation project. Located on 1.8 acres of land on the west coast of Barbados, the luxury hotel has 70 guest rooms, as well as two swimming pools, a fitness centre, a spa with eight treatment rooms, two restaurants, a coffee shop and a bar.