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.
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 vacation.
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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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.
Known for beach vacations, 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.
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.
You can opt for an intimate experience in the Caribbean by staying at boutique properties. Caribbean specialist Annabel picks out some of the best hotels, from a cocoa plantation in Saint Lucia to a spot on Nevis that was beloved by Britain’s Admiral Nelson.
With a variety of islands to choose from, Caribbean specialist Francesca explains the appeal of each one, 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.