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Barbados travel guides

Barbados offers the best of both worlds, with the lively West Coast juxtaposed by the quiet, rugged beauty of the East Coast. Our Barbados travel guides outline the island’s many highlights to help you plan your holiday.

We offer information on how you can combine superb fusion restaurants, first-class golf courses and complimentary water sports with visits to beautiful botanic gardens, historic plantation houses and rum distilleries. You could also take time out for peaceful walks along the scenic coastline and relaxation in a deserted cove for a truly laid-back Caribbean experience, while taking a catamaran trip to swim with turtles will be something you won’t forget in a hurry.

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Ideas for how to explore Barbados

Our travel guides share our specialists’ passion and knowledge for Barbados. We travel here regularly to discover new experiences, explore untried areas and dig deeper into the better-known places and attractions. At the same time, we gather advice and up-to-date information on the best-quality guides, new hotels and restaurants, and the most memorable forms of transportation.

  • St Nicholas Abbey, Barbados

    In-depth Barbados: best experiences beyond the beach

    Though it’s known for its bright-blue waters and soft-sand beaches, there’s more to Barbados than Caribbean pleasures, says our specialist Annabel. You can eat with the locals on Friday night, wander in a botanical garden and discover its rum-soaked colonial history.

  • Saint Lucia

    Boutique hotels of the Caribbean

    You can opt for an intimate experience in the Caribbean by staying at boutique properties. Hidden Beaches specialist Annabel picks out some of the best hotels, from a cocoa plantation in Saint Lucia to one of Nelson’s beloved spots on Nevis.

  • The Moorings 514 Power Catamaran

    Where in the Caribbean? Our island guide

    Caribbean specialist and former resident Ludo has sailed across the archipelago. In this guide he explains why each island is distinct, helping you to choose your ideal Caribbean getaway. Explore the historic Nelson’s Dockyard on Antigua, eat in one of Barbados’s fine-dining restaurants or escape to a private island in the Grenadines.

  • St George's, Grenada

    Touring in the Caribbean: trips to get you out of the resorts

    Known for beach holidays, the Caribbean is often overlooked as a multi-stop destination for wider exploring. Caribbean specialist Annabel picks out her top three trip ideas to give you an idea of what’s possible, if you want to get beyond your resort.

  • Piton, Saint Lucia

    Caribbean honeymoons

    Hidden Beaches specialist Francesca shares why she thinks the Caribbean is an ideal honeymoon destination. With a variety of islands to choose from, she explains the appeal of each island, from the sugar plantations of Saint Kitts to luxury yachts in the British Virgin Islands. Discover some of the best Caribbean resorts as well as converted colonial plantations and an organic farm.