Little Hotels in Barbados
Reasons to visit Barbados
Everyone’s image of the Caribbean is one of long, white, sandy beaches and a turquoise sea. Barbados amply fulfils that image with more than 80 pristine white-sand beaches, including many that are recognised as the most beautiful beaches in the world. Along those sandy shores there are a wealth of activities to enjoy. From jet-skiing and water skiing to leisurely snorkelling over the coral reefs, Barbados can find room for everyone. Visitors can take out Hobie cats, kayaks and paddle boards on the smooth waters of the west coast or go surfing on the wilder east coast. There are plenty of boats to charter for a few hours, whether it’s to go snorkelling with the turtles, deep sea fishing, or spending the day on a luxurious catamaran.
Drawing on its English, African and West Indian roots, Barbados has a distinctive cultural identity. This is found in the historical sites (take an island tour), the music (just pop in to any bar), the food (everything from Michelin Stars to beach barbecues use the rich harvest of the sea) and the various festivals and events that take place throughout the year.
It may be difficult to tear oneself away from the beach, but inland Barbados offers its own rewards. If you haven’t sampled a ride on a Bajan bus, you really haven’t lived. Island Safari tours will take you through gullies, forest, remote bays and coastal views. There are numerous gardens to visit, ranging from finely cultivated tropical flowers to the something much more natural. A trip up to the appropriately named Highland will offer spectacular views over the island.
There are several museums, including the Parliament Museum, the George Washington (yes, he visited Barbados), the Historical Society and possibly best of all the Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum (sugar, of course, being at the heart of Barbados history). Gun Hill Signal Station is a great place to learn about the military and naval importance of Barbados in times past.
Returning to the beach, as surely everyone must, there are beaches to suit everyone.
Accra Beach in Rockley is popular with the people who prefer to be near all of the amenities and public transport.
Sandy Lane Beach is the place for celebrity-spotting, as well as regular opportunities to ride speed boats, jet skis and more.
Bath Beach is a quiet and serene spot, home to fresh-water springs that cascade down into the Atlantic Ocean.
Mullins Beach is home to a lively restaurant and beach bar located on the Platinum west coast of the island.
Maxwell Beach is a south coast beach where the water flows different colours.
Batts Rock Beach close to Bridgetown is popular amongst snorkellers.
Bottom Bay Beach can only be accessed by a long, rocky staircase and is surrounded by rugged cliff faces. Coconut palms and soft white sand make for magical, romantic moments.