There’s a reason why they call Barbados the “gem of the Caribbean Sea”. With its pristine beaches, beautiful turquoise seas, sun-filled days, and one-of-a-kind experiences, Barbados ranks second to none.
It is the eastern most island in the Caribbean and the only coral one. Despite its nickname, it is actually located in the North West Atlantic Ocean where it meets the Caribbean Sea.
Barbados is 21 miles long and 14 miles wide (166 square miles or 431 square km) and is divided into 11 parishes. But don’t let its small size fool you. It has an abundance of activities, including a robust nightlife, unlimited shopping, unique historical landmarks and cultural events, and the best in culinary delights.
To top it all off the weather in Barbados is consistently beautiful. Thanks to the gentle breeze of the Trade Winds, Barbados’ average daytime high of about 30C (86F) is quite comfortable. Nighttime temperatures averaging 23C (76F) are ideal for a night on the town or a blissful sleep.
Barbados – Beaches to Discover on all 4 Coasts
The main reason people come to the Caribbean for holidays is for the beaches. And Barbados delivers on all fronts.
- Along the western coast of the island some of calmest beaches can be found. Popular beaches in this area include Brandons, Sandy Lane and Folkestone Park. Heading south, more active waves that are ideal for watersports such as windsurfing can be found.
- Silver Rock Beach, Miami Beach and The Crane are just a few of the renowned beaches in the south coast.
- The eastern coastline is rocky, and the seas are rough, but it is also a favourite among surfers. In this area, beaches like Cattlewash and Bathsheba offer many spots that are safe for surfing.
- The rugged northern coast, while not recommended for swimming, offers a world of discovery with its high cliffs, and small bays and coves. Beaches like Little Cove give you a glimpse of the sea at its wildest; crashing waves and rugged terrain serve as a constant reminder of the awesomeness of nature.
Flying Fish and Cou Cou Oh my
But really what would a trip to any island be without experiencing the taste of the island. From its upscale restaurants to its local dining establishments, the food in Barbados is outstanding. There is a wide range of dining options including local and continental cuisine that cater to everyone’s tastes and budget. You won’t have to look far to find authentic Bajan cuisine, and when you do make sure to sample Barbados’ national dish, Flying Fish and Cou Cou. And don’t miss Friday nights in Oistins where they hold the weekly Fish Fry.
If you decide to leave the beach, there are a number of sightseeing attractions that will amaze, entertain, and educate.
- Visit world-famous Harrison’s Cave and go on an epic tour of underground pools, waterfalls, and unique stalactite and stalagmite formations.
- Stay in the area and see Welchman Hall Gully and the surrounding cliffs; the exotic trees, flora and fauna are sights not to be missed.
- Make a stop at Gun Hill Signal Station to see a magnificent view of the entire island.
- Visit one of Barbados’ historical plantations.
- Buy beautifully crafted pottery at Earthworks Pottery.
- Learn more about Barbados’ rich history at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society.
Barbados – Gem of the Caribbean Sea
No matter the activity you choose, you’ll want to return to a comfortable and beautiful resort. Most of the resorts on the island are located along the southern and western coastlines of Barbados.