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Discover Barbados

By Bianca

Where the white beaches speak for themselves… 

 

‘Everyone knows the beaches are fantastic, but there’s much more to this Caribbean island. The green interior and dramatic coastline are beautiful and I recommend taking a jeep safari and catamaran cruise to see as much of Barbados as possible.

 

It’s easy to explore. Jump on a local yellow bus or hire a car. Driving is, handily, on the left, and cruising along the Atlantic coastline is quite something, especially when you reach the wild surf of the east coast.

 

When it comes to beaches, the west coast is gorgeous. It’s also where many of the high-end hotels are, such as Relais & Châteaux’s Cobblers Cove, and The Sandpiper in Holetown, part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World with amazing treetop suites. The Sandpiper’s bartender Harold has been mixing cocktails for over 25 years too. For families, Colony Club always impresses with its complimentary watersports, perfect if you’re taking teenagers.  The west coast has some excellent shopping too, such as Limegrove, West Coast Mall and Chattel Village.

 

The local food is delicious. Bajan is a mix of African, Indian, and British influences, and you can try ribs, seasoned fish and jerk chicken at places like SeaCat and Ragamuffins in Holetown. On Fridays, go to a local Friday night Fish Fry and stop off at a rum shack. Then there’s The Cliff. It’s not cheap, but some call it the best restaurant in the Caribbean. If you make it, let us know if you agree…’

Flight time: 8 hours

Language: English

Capital: Bridgetown

Currency: Barbados Dollar

Time difference: GMT -4