Stunning beaches and genuine Bajan hospitality help make Barbados one of the most popular Caribbean islands. Affectionately known as ‘Little England’, it has a charm and personality of its own. From the rum-swilling buccaneers and colonial sugar barons of old to the modern-day jet-setters on their luxury yachts playing cat-and-mouse with the paparazzi, Barbados has long enticed adventurers and pleasure seekers to its sugar white sands.
Today, this small island in the Eastern Caribbean offers everything from magnificent, tranquil beaches to dramatic cliffs, rugged rolling hills, superb restaurants and picture-perfect golf courses. It’s particularly popular with British travellers; quaint villages with their churches and cricket pitches (cricket being the national game), local parish names like Christchurch, St James and St Michael, and horse racing at the historic Garrison Savannah are all rather reminiscent of home.
The west coast is where it’s at for endless white sandy beaches, luxurious high-end hotels and the chic boutiques of Holetown’s Limegrove. The island’s east coast is more sedate with sleepy local villages and the dramatic Atlantic coastline.
Barbados enjoys excellent, regular air services from the UK. All flights are non-stop and flying time is approximately 8 hrs 45 mins. British Airways have up to 12 departures per week from Gatwick in high season and daily in low season. Virgin Atlantic have up to 9 departures per week from Gatwick and up to 3 per week from Manchester.
Experience even more of the Caribbean by combining your Barbados holiday with a twin-centre stay on one of the sun-soaked islands of St Vincent and The Grenadines (Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Palm Island and Petit St Vincent).
‘I first visited Barbados in the mid-1970s and was immediately captured by the warmth and friendliness of the people, the quality and beauty of the beaches, the sea’s vibrant colours, and the history and culture of Bridgetown, the capital. Also, I will be eternally grateful to Barbados for introducing me to proper rum.’ – Mike Williams, co-founder of The Caribbeanist.