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Where to go in Barbados

Barbados is an island of culture, history and beauty. Soak up the 'Bajan' (the local term for Barbadian) culture, ride some waves off the Atlantic coast or simply kick back and relax on the beach. There are resorts and hotels on Barbados to suit every budget and every holidaymaker but we recommend staying in one of the many impeccable five star hotels on the island's Caribbean coast.

With the exotic Caribbean Sea lapping one half of the island and the other fending off the colossal North Atlantic, there is no shortage of great beaches to explore and enjoy. The big waves of the Atlantic coast are a surfer's paradise and offer a completely different beach experience.

Hastings lies to the east of the capital Bridgetown. It's the most classical of all the resorts in Barbados and you can still see a few grand hotels from the old days still standing on the seafront. Take a trip out of Hastings to the famous Malibu Beach Club to learn how the world's most popular rum is made.

St James lies on the west coast, not far from Bridgetown. The area is hard to beat for swimming, snorkelling and watersports or for sunbathing on a spectacular fine sand beach. Here you will also find the Folkestone Marine Park - a true playground for divers and snorkellers. The inshore reef is home to numerous fish, sea anemones, sea lilies, corals and sponges, perfect for keen diving enthusiasts and amateur snorkellers in search of unique underwater wonders.

St Peter is another favourite hotspot also known as the 'Platinum beach'. Here, the highlights are the wild and quiet Heywoods Beach, while Mullins Bay and Gibbs Beach are the perfect places to relax under the shade of the Casuarina trees.

Visit the Maxwell Coast and Christchurch on the south side of the island for a serene encounter with undisturbed nature. Boasting beautifully landscaped golf courses and natural riches that include the Graeme Hall Swamp, Maxwell is an idyllic location and the ultimate place to unwind and enjoy sun, sea and sand in laid back Barbadian style.

Hit the lively St. Lawrence Gap if you're looking for the island's best music and nightlife scene, or take some time out to visit Oistins, the main fishing town in the parish and famous for its Friday Fish Fry on the beach.

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A taste of Caribbean life

Laze around on the beach and sample the local cuisine for a taste of island life. Then get your groove on to the sounds of the best calypso, reggae and jazz in St. Lawrence Gap. On the other hand, Bridgetown in the parish of St. Michael is the place to be if you fancy getting involved in a street party or even a cricket match.

A relaxing beach break

Bask in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea as you take in the relaxed and romantic atmosphere of the parish of St. James. Stop for some fresh seafood at the quaint beach town of Holetown and experience the warmth, hospitality and friendliness of the Bajan people. Or, for something really special, head to Crane Beach in St Philip, once voted among the top ten beaches in the world.

History combined with beach life

At Needham's Point the reef makes a natural swimming pool out of the ocean, making it the perfect spot for top brand hotels. This area also has a long and interesting history of military association with a Naval Dockyard and St. Anne's Fort dating back to 1704. You'll also find the world's rarest collection of 17th century English iron canons here. Let our guides show you around.

Authentic Barbadian culture

Visit the capital, Bridgetown, to experience the authentic Bajan culture and see why Barbadians are famed for their easygoing and carefree approach to life. Discover why this island is dubbed "The Little England of the Caribbean" and take a day or two away from the beach to wander off on your own or let us take you on a tour to the heart of Barbadian life.

Accommodation to suit all budgets

With a range of exceptional hotels and resorts to seduce every traveller, the east coast of the island is a destination to suit all budgets. From modest, family-friendly hotels to magnificent luxury Caribbean resorts, the range of tourist accommodation here is exemplary.

Calypso and carnival

Stay in lively St. Lawrence Gap for a taste of Bajan culture and, for a little slice of luxury, our experts can recommend some of the island's most stunning all inclusive hotels near this happening nightspot.

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These hotels have been carefully hand-picked as excellent Barbados hotels. Each offers it’s own unique perspective but also outstanding value.


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Coconut Court Beach Hotel

Holidays from £679 per person

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Rostrevor Hotel

Holidays from £649 per person

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Almond Beach Resort

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Places of interest in Barbados

Depending on the type of location you want, the kind of facilities you'd like to find and the proximity to certain attractions, we have a good number of areas for you to choose from and stay at during your holiday.

Whether you want a pumping and energetic beachside retreat, a tranquil setting in a secluded cove, a hillside resort perched in the midst of nature, or a strategic central location close to civilisation and buzzing city life, nightclubs, theme parks and other kinds of leisure attractions, we can advise you on the best places for you.

Choose from our selection of handpicked places and be based right at the place that's most ideal for you and your travelling party

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