Barbados

Land of the Flying Fish

Sunshine glittering on the sea of the eastern most part of the Caribbean islands. A relatively small Caribbean island at only 166 square miles. The name ‘Barbados’ is derived from the Bearded Fig Trees once found in abundance on the island. Welcome to the land of the flying fish. The energy of the people is in the culture and rich history of the Barbadians.  With many diverse attractions such as cave tours, beaches and interacting with monkeys. The ever swelling ‘visitor crush’ keeps growing on the island of hospitality.

Barbados Travel Tips: Top things to do 

Adventure

  • Go scuba diving at the barrier reef to uncover an underwater wreck
  • Explore the ocean without getting wet by taking a submarine tour
  • Learn about the history of rum and taste some of the best in the world
  • Discover historic Bridgetown and its many colonial buildings
  • Take part in the vibrant, annual Crop Over Festival
  • Swim and sunbathe at the famous Crane Beach
  • Canter along Barbados beaches on horse back
  • Explore Harrison’s Cave
  • Animal Flower Cave

Culture: 

Having previously been a British colony, Barbados is the most ‘British’ of all the Caribbean islands. This clean, safe, well-run, and unspoiled beach is a hugely popular destination spot. Visitors will find British institutions such as playing cricket and polo still alive on the island, as well as the tradition of afternoon tea. The island attracts both budget and sophisticated travelers, with plenty of amenities to suit both types of tourists.

The island is a tropical paradise, with beautiful white sandy beaches and azure waters, and of course great weather. Barbados is known for its superb diving, with vibrant coral reefs home to many species of marine life. Even experienced divers will find plenty of interesting underwater gems. Diving among the hundreds of wrecks – new and old – can be extremely exciting, especially given the possibility of finding sunken treasure.

Options for exploring the island include hiring a taxi or driving. The island is relatively small, so renting a car is easy, even if some of the roads are not up to international standards. North Americans will have to drive on the ‘wrong’ side of the road, so if this seems frightening, then simply hire a taxi with a local driver for the day – and don’t forget to negotiate the rate.

Sights

  • Harisson’s Cave
  • Carlisle Bay
  • Animal Flower Cave
  • Paynes Bay
  • Bottom Bay
  • Andromeda Gardens
  • Barbados Wildlife Reserve
  • Hunte’s Gardens
  • Flower Forest
  • Barbados Museum and Historical Society
  • Sandy Lane Beach

Notable Holidays and Festivals

  • Errol Barrow Day (observed) – January 22nd
  • Good Friday – last Friday in March
  • Easter Monday – first Monday in April
  • Nation Heroes Day – April 28th
  • May Day – May 1st
  • Whit Monday – 7th Monday after Easter. Also known as Pentecost Monday
  • Emancipation Day – August 1st
  • Kadooment Day – August 6th
  • Independence Day – November 30th