Inhabited by the Kalinago people since the 13th century, Barbados was visited by Spanish navigators in the late 15th century and claimed by the Spanish Crown. Later in 1625, an English ship arrived in Barbados and took possession of the land in the name of King James I. After this, English settlers turned the land into a British colony. Now, with over 270,000 people populating the island, Barbados has become a diverse culture and a top tourist destination. There is so much to do and uncover as you enjoy the warmth and comforts of the beautiful island, travelers won’t be disappointed.
Barbados experiences two seasons, the “wet season” consisting of higher rainfall from June to November and the contrast “dry season” which runs from December to May. Outside of this, much of the island is tropical monsoon climate, with gentle breezes throughout the year giving Barbados a comfortable temperature. If you plan on visiting Barbados, be sure to plan accordingly.
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While you’re under the Barbados sun, be sure to check into the Accra Beach Hotel & Spa. Sitting on the white sands of Rockley Beach, the 3.5-acre property is surrounded by shops, restaurants and entertainment. With over 224-contemporary rooms and suites, Accra has the most comfortable accommodation for every type of visitor. All rooms feature everything a visitor would enjoy in their hotel experience such as WiFi, coffeemakers, and flat-screen TVs. Guests can also enjoy private balconies with views of the island coast. The resort also features its very own Chakra Spa, where visitors can rejuvenate in their very own tranquil space.
Not only is the Rockley Beach the place to be in Barbados, stop by Bridgetown for the ultimate getaway. Bridgetown is both Barbados’ capital and largest city. Bridgetown is the absolute place to be if you’re spending time in Barbados.
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There is plenty to do in Bridgetown. Shopping is plentiful, offering many shops along the cruise ship terminals and boutiques on Broad Street. Outside of shopping, yachting, fishing, cricket matches and the ever present nightlife will give you various activities. Carlisle Bay is the number one beach to visit in Barbados. With long soft white beaches, it’s a must in Bridgetown.
If you’re a fan of snorkeling, be sure to explore the vast bay. You can explore the different shipwrecks and get quite an adventure out of it. If you haven’t snorkeled before be sure to try it here. I’d recommend seeing the Stavronikita first. Another great place to check out is the Barbados Turf Club. The club is the place to be for horse racing. You can sit in the stands and get a great view of the entire racetrack or remain near the edge of the track and get a close shot of the horses. Be sure to check out the club on race day. Another place to check out is the Rum Factory and Heritage Park. A worthwhile visit if you enjoy historical locations or just want to know how rum is made. The tour brings visitors along the factory including a tasting.
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When deciding where to go out for food while in Barbados, stop by Cuz’s Fish Shack for a quick bite. Cuz’s Fish Shack supplies delicious fish sandwiches at low costs. If you want to grab a quick bite before hitting the streets or while you’re out on your adventure, make sure you stop here. If you want to sit for a full meal, try Just Grillin for the freshest fish in Barbados. They serve great local food such as grilled vegetables, jerk chicken, and ribs for low prices and huge portions.
If you’re in the mood for long walks on sun-drenched beaches, crazy underwater adventures, rum, and nature itself, then Barbados is the place to be.
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Cover photo © Berit Watkin