Barbados has it all. From the delightful Bajan people and the lively local culture, to the flourishing landscapes and stunning beaches set in a rich tropical climate.
There are a million reasons why the days are much better in this Lesser Antillean heaven, but we’ve whittled a list down to seven that’ll have you booking direct flights to Grantley Adams International Airport in no time at all:
The average temperature in Barbados throughout the year is around 30 degrees Celsius, varying slightly depending on your location and whether you are inland or by the coast.
Fortunately, the island sits outside the Atlantic hurricane belt, meaning it escapes the worst of any damage. The last, Hurricane Tomas, hit in 2010 and caused only minor damage.
The north east is affected by the trade winds breezing in over the Atlantic, yet the Parish of St James, situated on the west coast, is sheltered and offers much calmer conditions and is home to many of the best private beaches on the island.
2. The beaches
Barbados has many stunning beaches offering plenty of top spots for relaxing, swimming, surfing or fishing. A fine example is the secluded, yet lively Mullins Beach which slopes gently into the sea on the platinum coastline.
The island has enough choice to cater for everyone, whether you want privacy or are looking for a child friendly day out.
3. The food and drink
The Bajan cooking style blends West African and English flavours, with these roots evident in the cuisine we know and love today.
With plenty of fresh produce on the island and teeming waters where you’ll find tuna, salmon, shrimp and lobsters, you’ll be sampling sensational food and drink throughout your visit.
If you’re visiting in November, take a trip to the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum festival where you’ll be able to sample plenty of fine local delicacies, and in typical Bajan style, all the delicious rum you could ask for.
There’s even said to be one rum shop for every church on the island!
4. The golf
There are five world-class golf courses on the island, with our Par 72, 7,045 yard championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr just one - it offers stunning ocean views, manicured greens and magnificent fairways.
As golfing destinations go, you’re onto a winner with Barbados. Fantastic for leisurely rounds in perfect weather, you’ll be able to improve your game without worrying about your waterproofs.
5. The races
A trip to Garrison Savannah, situated in the Garrison Historic Area, is about a great deal more than horse racing and is renowned for its festival atmosphere.
Races take place every second Saturday, and during your visit you can either sit in the grandstand or have your own leisurely picnic around the perimeter.
The 8.95 furlong Gold Cup takes place in late February or early March and since 1982 has been the most important event on the Bajan racing calendar. If you’re visiting during this time of the year, it’ll be the talk of the town and you’ll definitely want to be involved.
6. The nightlife
After a day on the golf course or an afternoon lazing on the beach, what else is there to do but head out for a little evening entertainment?
One popular rum shop turned evening drinking establishment is Braddie’s Bar in Christchurch, known for the sound of karaoke, played against a backdrop of falling dominoes as locals and visitors enjoy their evening’s side-by-side.
From ocean-front bars and restaurants to open air nightclubs, you’ll be moving to calypso rhythms and dancing the night away in what to many, is the Caribbean’s party capital.
7. The lifestyle
Finally, when the Bajan lifestyle is coupled with the island’s rich landscape and extraordinary heritage, life on Barbados couldn’t be more perfect. Why not find out for yourself?
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