From the rum-swilling buccaneers and colonial sugar barons of old, to the modern day jet set playing cat-and-mouse with the paparazzi on board their luxury yachts, Barbados has long enticed adventurers and pleasure seekers to its platinum sands. Today this tiny island in the eastern Caribbean offers everything from magnificent, tranquil beaches to dramatic cliffs, rugged rolling hills, superb restaurants and picture-perfect golf courses.
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This little fishing village on the south coast comes alive every Friday evening with a lively party atmosphere. The local fishermen cook their catch of the day, which they serve up with big helpings of macaroni pie (the Bajan staple) and lots of fresh salads. Go early if you want to browse the souvenir stalls, or later for the dancing and partying which will take you into the early hours.
In Barbados most people think that west is best, but if you want to blow away the cobwebs and see a totally different side to the island, hire a jeep and spend a few hours exploring the rugged Atlantic east coast. Wild, deserted beaches and sleepy local villages are here in abundance and you’ll love Bathsheba, the main fishing village in the parish of Saint Joseph.
For a taste of authentic Bajan cuisine, try Angry Annie’s or Ragamuffins in Holetown, Pisces at St Lawrence Gap or Champers overlooking Accra Beach. You’ll find flying fish, one of the national symbols of Barbados, on pretty much every menu, and it’s delicious when breaded, fried and served with fiery Bajan pepper sauce.
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Barbados enjoys regular air services from the UK. All flights are non-stop and flying time is approximately 8 hrs 45 mins.
British Airways Up to 10 departures a week from Gatwick in high season and daily in low season.
Virgin Atlantic Daily departures from Gatwick and up to two departures a week from Manchester.
Note: All our inclusive holiday prices are based on British Airways World Traveller or Virgin Atlantic Economy flights.
4 hours behind GMT and 5 hours behind BST.
Barbados dollar. US dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted.
A full British passport is required for Barbados and it should be valid for 6 months after the return date of your holiday. Visas are not required for British citizens. No special health documentation is necessary for residents of the UK who have not recently visited parts of the world where cholera or yellow fever is a problem.
It is illegal to wear any camouflage clothing anywhere on the island. Any camouflage clothing found by customs will be confiscated and not returned.
Please note that as of 1 October 2010, smoking is prohibited in all indoor areas in Barbados, including guest rooms, balconies, restaurants and bars. Smoking will still be permitted in designated outdoor locations.