Holidays in Barbados serve up the Caribbean with a twist. Expect sweet-but-spicy cuisine, free-flowing rum, and a British-style love for cricket
Beaches are Barbados’ forte. Because it’s an island formed mostly by coral, all 92 kilometres of its shores are iced with sugary-white sand. In the north-west, the sand is so fine that it’s earned the title of the platinum coast. Underneath the sparkly emerald waters, you’ve got reefs filled with kaleidoscopic fish, rays and turtles, making it a snorkeler’s paradise.
Bridgetown is the island’s quirky capital. There, Caribbean and British influences blend to create a unique mix. Explore the old British army barracks at the Garrison Consortium, followed by a live calypso band. Or tour a rum distillery, before watching a cricket match on the green.
With a Cruise & Stay holiday, you can stay in five different destinations on Barbados’ west coast. St James nabs the top spot for beaches. St Lawrence, meanwhile, is famous for its lively reggae bars and restaurants and is just a hop away from Bridgetown. You’ve also got the beachfront resorts of Maxwell, Hastings and Rockley, which are all about lazy days on the sand while still being within easy reach of the capital.
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Stretched along Barbados’ west coast, St James is one of the island’s most beautiful tourist regions. It’s a fun, lively area with a mix of laid-back glamour and Caribbean sunshine. The main spot is Holetown, which boasts designer shopping, glossy restaurants and vibrant nightlife. And the action there revolves around the town’s stunning beach.
St Lawrence is the biggest personality on Barbados’ beach-fringed south coast. It gets its swagger from St Lawrence Gap, a parade of rum shacks, Bajan restaurants, and reggae-fuelled dancehalls where the island comes to party. But for those who prefer to relax, St Lawrence’s tropical beaches are exactly what you’d want from this sun-kissed Caribbean retreat.
On Barbados’ beach-spangled south coast, Maxwell reaps the rewards of being compact. All that separates this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cluster of hotels and condos from the Caribbean Sea is a shimmering swathe of white sand. If you’ve come to recharge your batteries, there are few better places for it. And if you’re looking to paint the town red, St Lawrence Gap is in walking distance.
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Spend the day at Holetown Beach
Park your towel on this beach and you’ll have everything you need within arm’s reach. Loungers and umbrellas are up for grabs,…
Unwind on Paynes Bay
The locals rate Paynes Bay as one of the best beaches in Barbados for swimming. The stretch of ivory sand is also in a really…
Take the kids to St Lawrence Bay
The curve of ice-white sand at St Lawrence Bay – AKA Little Bay – is small but perfectly formed. The shallow water’s perfect…
Boogie board at Maxwell Beach
The flour-white sand on this beach is backed by palm trees and tropical greenery. There aren’t any restaurants here, so most…
Splash around with turtles
The bath-warm waters around Barbados play host to green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles – don a mask and snorkel and you…
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