Barbados is a true tropical island paradise. Think stunning blonde beaches lapped by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, year-round sunshine and rum punch! However, Barbados’ appeal is far wider than this with its colonial heritage and rugged natural scenery. A winning combination of the exotic and the familiar.
Known as the 'Pearl of the Caribbean', Barbados is a deservedly world-famous destination. A gorgeous tropical paradise containing the popular cruise port of Bridgetown, the island itself is actually an enormous coral reef that was formed over a million years ago. This unique geography results in a breathtaking coastline, and some of the best snorkelling, surfing and diving action in the world!
The western half of the pear-shaped island, often referred to as the Platinum Coast, is dominated by deluxe beach resorts with great facilities. The central highlands area of the island is home to some interesting cultural sights (including distilleries and plantations), picturesque villages and some amazing walking and hiking trails. The eastern half of the island, which gives way to the Atlantic Ocean, is commonly referred to as the 'Soup Bowl' because of its big waves and foaming surf; this is the place to be for surfers and backpackers, home to an assortment of low-cost accommodation and lively beach-side bars.
Called 'Little England' by some, Barbados' strong ties with English culture over the years have bequeathed it a genial atmosphere and good infrastructure. The sun shines 340 days of the year in Barbados, and the famously friendly locals only serve to increase the island's glorious ambiance. Barbados is one of the most popular winter sun vacation destinations in the world for northern hemisphere tourists, and is an obligatory stop on any Caribbean cruise adventure.
However you prefer to stay while you’re travelling, from great value convenience to five-star luxury, we’ll find the perfect place for you to rest your head. Here’s a selection of our favourites in Barbados.