With 110 km of beaches, Barbados' coastline reveals an extraordinary diversity to its visitors. On the west side, the calm sea caresses the fine white sand for a pure relaxing moment. To the east, wind-coral sculptures and wave assaults set the scene for one of the world's best surfing spots. Last but not least, the south-east is the perfect setting for a day of exploration and snorkeling.
The « Bajans » people: guardians of the spirit of the island
With values deeply rooted in their culture and traditions, the Bajans make their island a courteous, considerate and generous community. You will often catch them linger in bars and typical “rum shops”, debating international politics or talking about the best “fishcake”. True cultural and social melting pot, the meetings at the “rum shops” are most astonishing: kite surfers, domino players and other karaoke enthusiasts. Barbados is irrevocably a destination full of surprises!
Culinary capital of the Caribbean
Bajan food is a unique blend of flavours with African, West Indian and British influences. Your Barbados journey will include some truly special mealtime moments to treasure forever. This change of scenery is the opportunity for a new tasty experience: have a taste of locally caught fish, homegrown grass-fed meats, sweet plantains, rice and peas, tasty West Indian curries and rotis. You will enjoy wander around the stalls of the local fish market and discover the delicious Caribbean cuisine!
Oistin's Fish Fry,
Oistins Bay Gardens
An island with a colonial past
Barbados, colonized by the British in 1624, remained under their influence for several centuries. It is this wise mix of British and West African culture that makes the island out of the ordinary. Although the English language has been the official language of the island since then, its inhabitants assure that only the Bajan dialect allows to really talk about Barbados. Today, years have passed, but the extraordinary architectural masterpieces of the British Empire still remain.
The historic center of Bridgetown and its garrison – built between the 17th and 19th century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site - are exceptional examples of the artistic genius of the era. Housed in a 17th century mansion entirely restored, the interactive museum Arlington House will take you back in times to discover an instructive and moving historical local legacy: from the first settlers to the sugar cane plantations and the pirate tales of the Speightstown local port. Prepare to be boarded!
St. Michael parish
St. Peter parish
Birthplace of Rum
The history of rum in Barbados cannot be dissociated from the history of the island itself. First made 370 years ago from the sugar cane that populated the island, Barbados rum soon found favor with many English sailors who, as legend tells it, offered their bounty of rum as proof that they had crossed the Atlantic. However, it wasn't until 1703 that the world would come to recognize Barbados as the true birthplace of rum and Mount Gay as the oldest brand of rum in existence.
Distillerie Mount Gay
Brandons Sping Garden Highway Bridgetown
St. Michael parish
With 110 km of postcards-like beaches, large stretches of white sand along turquoise seas of 28°C, calm waters and waves crashing on the shore: Barbados is a marvellous island. The west coast, a hint of vintage feel in the air, will reveal the most extraordinary beaches of Barbados where “farniente” is the only order of the day. Heading to the windswept south coast, you will discover a cluster of bays and creeks. Do not miss Crane Beach, a fabulous beach with warm pink-colored sand and deep blue ocean shoreline offering a breathtaking view from the edge of the cliffs and incredible surfing spots. In the Eastern part of the island, you will for sure be seduced by the charming wilderness and impressive preserved nature of the region.
Events all year round
Various festivals are celebrated in Barbados annually. From January until December, several venues on the island come alive in celebration for various hip and happening such as the polo season, the Sandy Lane horse racing, the Food & Rum festival.
However, the largest and most important festival in Barbados is Crop Over, which celebrates the end of the sugarcane harvest. This summer festival is celebrated over several weeks and includes fairs, fetes, parades and contests. Crop Over culminates on “Kadooment Day”. On this day, masqueraders dance rhythmically to the pulsating beats of Calypso along the streets towards Brandons Beach on the Spring Garden Highway for a grand finale not to be missed!
Barbados, a sporty island
For such a small island of the Caribbean, Barbados has incredible richness in terms of both quality and diversity of sport offer. On the west coast, breathtaking courses and views make Barbados the perfect yet out-of-the-box destination for golf. Also very popular, polo has become one of the favourite and most followed sport of the island. It was first practiced by the officers of the British army at the Savannah garrison headquarters in 1884 before being taken over by the Bajans. Today Barbados counts 5 world class polo fields! However, cricket remains the main national sport and is an essential cultural element proudly represented across the world thanks to the greatest cricketers of all time: Sir Garfield Sobers, from Barbados of course.
St. Peter parish
Sandy Lane Golf,
St. James parish
Unearth the adventure! Venture deep beneath the earth's surface and explore one of Barbados' natural treasures as a knowledgeable guide takes you on a tour of a living cave. Hear the rushing streams and witness the calm glassy pools as you travel by tram to the early explorers' entrance and experience some of their adventures. Exhibits and interactive displays for adults and children alike are strategically placed for your browsing pleasure. Comfortable footwear is a must to get a closer look at the marvellous formations of this natural wonder.
St. Thomas parish