General Description: The most south-easterly of the islands, Barbados holidays have long been a popular favourite for Irish guests. Whether you are looking for fun in the sun, an active sports holiday or you just want to relax on the beach, Barbados has it all. The interior of the island is quite hilly in parts and offers breathtaking views over Atlantic breakers to the east and spectacular sunsets to the west. In fact a great way to discover the interior is to hook up with the Barbados National Trust for one of their free Sunday morning hikes. If you prefer walking fairways than hills, you too will be pleased with a choice of world class golf courses in Barbados. Apart from all the usual attractions Bridgetown the capital and commercial hub is also recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an impressive cultural heritage in particular around the Garrison District with museums and many old Plantation Houses.
St Lawrence Gap
The popular south coast area is known as St Lawrence Gap and is where most bars & restaurants are located. Entertainment options hug the coast and if you are looking to have good nights out close to your hotel then this is the place to stay. Despite that, many hotels are located close enough for easy accessibility but far enough away to make you feel you are the only hotel for miles around. The most popular option in the heart of everything is Coconut Court, while south coast relaxation options include Bougainvillea and Sugar Bay. Meanwhile elegant south coast is Ocean Two and south coast all-inclusive options include Sandals Barbados and Turtle Beach.
Platinum Coast/Gold Coast
Many monikers are used to describe Barbados’s sophisticated west coast which generally covers the area just north of Bridgetown to Sherman Hall near Speightstown. The focal point on the west is Holetown which also offers an excellent choice of bars & restaurants and is consider the gourmet hub of the island (See our Top 10 in Barbados blog for dining suggestions). Many of the top 5 star properties in Barbados are found in this area including the world famous Sandy Lane but many other stunning options including Cobblers Cove and Fairmont Royal Pavilion. But it’s not just about 5 stars exceptional 4 star Barbados hotels are also located in this area. Some of these include Colony Club and Mango Bay.
Barbados is the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands. Approx 2 hours flying time south of Miami. Its nearest neighbour is St Lucia, which is approximately a 25 minute flight away.
Our Opinion: Barbados is one of the few island’s that caters for everyone, from families to sophisticated couples to groups of friends looking for good fun in the sun.
The Capital: Bridgetown
International Airport: Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI)
Getting There: Connections are available with British Airways and Virgin via London Gatwick and Virgin via Manchester. Many options are also available via the United States.
Entry Regulations: Passport valid for at least 6 months after travel date.
Departure tax: It is usually included in the purchased airline ticket.
Did you know: The first slaves in Barbados were not Africans, but Irish and Scottish. The statue of Lord Nelson in Barbados’ Heroes Square precedes Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square by 17 years?
Cost of living: The west coast is generally considered quite expensive as it has most of the top restaurants. The south coast is noticeable cheaper, especially if you follow the happy hour trail.
Local Currency: Barbados Dollar. US dollars are widely accepted.
Don’t Miss: The Oistin’s “Fish Fry” on Friday nights, where you can taste the sizzling fish, cooked Bajan-style over open fires.