English and Bajan
July/August: Crop Over Festival – This lively annual carnival celebrates the end of the sugar harvest and is a tradition which dates back to the 18th Century. Excitement builds during the three months leading up to this high-energy street party which features a series of parades, colourful costumes, live music, craft markets and food stalls.
November: Food & Rum Festival – Meet renowned chefs and rum experts at this celebration of Barbadian cuisine. Let your hair down at a late-night party, taste delicious delicacies and see local artists in action.
On the west coast you’ll find white-sand beaches lapped by calm waters, while the east coast boasts vibrant coral reefs and crashing waves perfect for surfing. In the south-east you can bask on pink sands against a backdrop of dramatic cliffs.
Hit the island’s pristine beaches for deep-sea fishing: kite-, wind- and board-surfing; scuba diving; and snorkelling.
Zip-line through tropical forest and go hiking through stunning surroundings.
• Bajan cuisine centres around fish and seafood – including lobster, shrimp and red snapper – and Barbadians also eat a lot of the island’s delicious fresh fruit.
• Speciality dishes include ‘pepperpot’, a pork and beef stew, and flying fish, lightly fried and served with lime wedges and tartar sauce.
• Tap water is considered generally safe to drink, but bottled mineral water is advised.
• And, of course, you can’t come to Barbados without trying its signature rum!
A duty-free shopping paradise, in Barbados you can browse for designer fashion, jewellery and anything else you can think of, plus local handicrafts at the markets and galleries that dot the island.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Visitors should be aware that it is an offence for anyone, including children, to dress in camouflage clothing, which is reserved for military personnel only. Further, guests may be asked to remove any such items, at the airport on arrival and such items, including any items found by Customs in guests’ luggage are subject to confiscation.
Barbados is the island that springs to mind when thinking of luxury Caribbean holidays. An air of understated indulgence pervades the Bajan shores, from the exquisite resorts of the West Coast to sophisticated restaurants and bars scatted throughout the island. One of the Caribbean’s finest restaurants, the upscale ‘The Cliff’, boasts not only a mouth-watering menu but a magnificent setting while the Italian fine dining restaurant Daphne’s caters for those in search of a chic and elegant dining experience.
With year-round sunshine and a wealth of watersports and activities Barbados is a natural playground that is easy to explore. As one of the Caribbean’s most family-friendly islands it offers a superb choice of resorts that are all just a short transfer from the airport and enjoy a beautiful setting, excellent facilities and a fantastic range of sports and activities for all ages. Whether you enjoy unwinding by the pool or favour active pursuits such as windsurfing and tennis, our range of Barbados resorts can cater for your every need.
Experience Barbados from the water on a peaceful catamaran cruise. Sail along the coast, take a dip in the inviting sea, observe underwater life and visit secluded beaches. Hire a car for the day and explore the island's interior and the dramatic east coast or head to the beautiful Crane Beach, one of the island's most picturesque bays. On Friday night the south coast town of Oistins comes alive with the weekly Fish Fry where locals and visitors come together to enjoy a uniquely Bajan experience. Sample freshly cooked Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Kingfish and Flying Fish and flavoursome side dishes, browse craft stalls, listen to music and spend a bit of time people watching. Experiences are available to book in resort.
If a service charge isn’t added to your bill, tip about 15%.