Holidays in Barbados can be as lively or relaxing as you please – from relaxing on postcard-perfect beaches to enjoying the colourful island nightlife. Barbados has a lively West Indian culture, but it is often known as 'Little England' because of the influences left behind by British colonialism. You'll recognise place names like Clapham, Hastings and Dover – and the cars still drive on the left. That's where the similarities to the UK end though. This is an original paradise island, with plenty of bright white beaches lapped by turquoise seas and backed by palm trees. Just 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, Barbados is bordered by the calm waters of the Caribbean Sea on the West and by the rolling breakers of the Atlantic Ocean on the East. The capital city of Bridgetown offers great shopping, galleries and theatre. On Barbados, you'll find a warm welcome and a laid back atmosphere – no wonder Barbados holidays are so popular with honeymooners, groups of friends, couples and families alike.
Holidays in Barbados revolve around those beautiful beaches but there's much more to do besides. Try a huge choice of water sports, including surfing, kite surfing and windsurfing on the Atlantic coast and snorkelling and catamaran sailing on the Caribbean side. Take a rum tour and find out how Barbados's famous rum is made. Play golf at Barbados Golf Course on the island's south coast. In the island capital Bridgetown, enjoy duty free shopping for everything from diamonds and designer labels to local arts and crafts. Inland, explore stunning countrysides and landscapes. Don't miss the Barbados Wildlife Reserve at Farley Hill you might spot a Barbados green monkey.
When the sun goes down in Barbados, there is entertainment to suit everyone. The west coast of the island is more relaxed, with romantic dinners on the beach and steel drum bands the order of the evening. Holetown and Speightstown have a good selection of restaurants, pubs and calypso bars. Revellers head for St Lawrence Gap to the south of the island, for lively late nights and reggae parties. Worthing and Rockly are also good picks for colourful nightlife. Don't miss Fish Fry night on Fridays in the sleepy fishing village of Oistins, with hundreds of beachside shacks cooking flying fish, snapper and swordfish on woodfired grills, accompanied by live bands thumping out infectious reggae, hiphop and calypso through the night.
As you'd expect from an island in the sun, seafood takes centre stage in Barbados. Traditional Bajan cuisine combines fish and fresh produce to make unique, spicy dishes. Jumbo prawns, lobster and flying fish are all specialities. Mouthwatering desserts include tropical fruits such as mango, guava and pawpaw or the brownsugar coated coconut pudding. Don't miss the local rum punch. You'll find no shortage of restaurants throughout hotels and resorts, serving up Bajan cuisine, gourmet meals and food from Italy, China, India. There's also no shortage of fast food restaurants on Barbados. For great valueformoney, check into an allinclusive hotel, where food and drink is thrown in.
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