The west coast of Barbados is home to some of the Caribbean’s best hotels and restaurants, but its appeal is far wider than that. It offers a winning combination of the familiar and the unusual – churches and village cricket greens, but with green monkeys and exotic birds thrown in!
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Where to Go in Barbados
Along Barbados’ 60 miles of coastline you’ll find some of the most stunning and varied beaches in the world. The west coast is dotted with sandy bays which are lapped by the calm and gentle waters of the Caribbean Sea whilst the rugged, windswept, east coast is put to the test by wild Atlantic surf.
The scenery in central Barbados is just as striking. On a drive through the interior you will pass acres of sugar plantations, pockets of lush tropical rainforest, as well as emerald green polo fields and golf courses.
The list of things to see and do in Barbados is a long one. Children will love a tour of the dramatic stalactites and stalagmites in Harrison’s Caves, an underwater adventure on the Atlantis Submarine or seeing the monkeys and tortoises at feeding time at the Wildlife Reserve.
Grown-ups may prefer a visit to St Nicholas’ Abbey, where they can tour the distillery and taste the plantations’ artisanal rum, a stroll along the wild beach at Barclay’s Park, or a meal and refreshing beer at the historic oceanfront inn Round House overlooking Bathsheba’s dramatic soup bowl.
The list of restaurants we could recommend would be a very long one too. Some of our west coast favourites are The Cliff, Daphne’s, Lone Star and The Fish Pot. Most hotels will be happy to make bookings and arrange excursions for you, or hire a car and explore the island yourself, it’s surprisingly easy!
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When to go
The temperature variations throughout the year are very slight with the average being around 26 – 28 C. High season is between mid-December to mid-April when there is typically less humidity rainfall. However, Barbados can be visited year-round and often there are some great offers to take advantage of if you are travelling during the low season. The main hurricane season is from mid-August to mid-September so we recommend travelling earlier in the summer months.
Flights: British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have daily direct flights to Bridgetown (approximately 9 hours). There are also connecting flight options via Europe and the USA.
Typical carbon emissions for a return flight (Economy) per person: 620 kg.
FCDO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/barbados
Time Zone: GMT-4
Capital City: Bridgetown