An awe-inspiring coastline, perfect temperatures and the friendliest people in the world makes the affectation 'The Gem of the Caribbean Sea' as appropriate as Barbados being the perfect choice for visitors. It’s no wonder UK holidaymakers return to this paradise over and over again. Without question, it’s an island of contrasts – sleek and modern in many ways, yet clearly still bound to the customs, traditions and religious influences of England. You’ll find a wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, fine food, charming local restaurants and all manner of festivals and events – the biggest problem you’ll have is fitting everything in!

The island is easy to get around and isn't huge at around 166 square miles. You'll find English heritage that will make you feel right at home. Get out and about and explore the island, with beautiful scenery and a warm welcome from the local Bajan people.

Top 5 Experiences

  • A trip to Barbados isn’t complete without a visit to Oistins Fish Fry on a Friday or Saturday night! Enjoy the excitement and buzz of Barbados' most popular market place, with local arts and crafts, freshly caught and prepared fish and chips, and entertainment galore. Dance next to the beach and under the stars to reggae bands and ballroom for an unforgettable night out.
  • Visit Harrisons Cave – an amazing limestone cave network where you can travel deep beneath the earth; hear the rushing of the streams and see the different shapes and sizes of the stalactites and stalagmites. This is not hidden, but is a true gem. The beauty of the caves is truly mind blowing and the guided tour on board the tram is enlightening, with an insight into the intricacy of nature.
  • With so many water-based activities available, why not sail on a catamaran, surf the waves, kiteboard or even take part in an eco-dive for your chance to see shipwrecks, stingrays and barracuda. You might even be lucky enough to swim with turtles in their natural habitat, and the view of the coastline from the water is quite magical.
  • Enjoy one or more cocktails at the Mount Gay Rum Visitors Centre, and discover the colourful history of Mount Gay Rum. Learn how the world's finest rum is made and enjoy tasty Bajan cuisine in the Verandah restaurant overlooking the sea. See how this precious spirit is created and become a rum expert yourself as you explore the subtleties of flavours that will tickle your palate.
  • Whether you pick up a hire car to explore yourself, or go on one of the island safari's available, you must experience the contrasting scenery across the island. The North and East Coasts are quiet, spectacular and unspoilt with incredible views. The centre of the island consists of beautiful countryside, rolling hills and sugar cane plantations where you can escape from it all.