Your Island Guide to Barbados (Free Rental Car Included!)
Rent any Barbados villa by September 15, 2014, and we’ll add a complimentary car rental to your reservation! Keep reading to find out what to do with your free wheels.2015-12-28
When you rent any Villas of Distinction Barbados villa by September 15, 2014 for travel anytime through December 19, 2014, we’ll add a complimentary car rental to your reservation! Read all the details here.
If you’re not sure where to go with your free wheels, we’ve got you covered – check out our top Barbados recommendations below.
Barbados is a limestone-coral island, which means that its beaches are made from finely ground coral, resulting in clean, soft, often pink-tinged sand.
Each part of the island provides something different. The calm west coast is ideal for swimming and snorkeling; popular Mullins Bay Beach is a can’t-miss.
The lively south coast is great for more adventurous water sports; head to Silver Sands Beach for excellent wind-surfing, or to the pink-sand Crane Beach, considered one of Barbados’ most beautiful beaches, for moderate waves perfect for boogie boarders.
Bathsheba Beach on the windy east coast is a surfer’s paradise, while neighboring Little Bay and Cove Bay on the rugged north coast offer dramatic cliff views for picture-perfect picnics.
Children will love the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, where you can see green monkeys, peacocks, and tortoises in their natural habitats.
Another must-do is Harrison’s Cave: A tram will guide you through the crystallized limestone cave complex, where you’ll see spectacular stalactite formations and cascading waterfalls.
Featuring a unique blend of cultural influences including West Africa, Spain, Portugal and England, Bajan food relies heavily on fresh fish, local pork, and island staples like sweet potatoes, yams, and breadfruit.
You can’t leave Barbados without trying the national dish, cou-cou and flying fish. Other must-try foods: macaroni pie, conkies, fish cakes, and – when they’re in season – fish eggs, which you can find at roadside stands and local markets.
For a more elegant dining experience, try the landmark Pisces Restaurant in St. Lawrence Gap, Champers Restaurant in Bridgetown, or Cin Cin by the Sea in St. James.
Barbados’ year-round sunshine and heavenly views make for exceptional golfing, and courses range from beginner-friendly to championship-level.
Top courses include Sandy Lane, Royal Westmoreland, the Barbados Golf Club and Rockley Golf Club.
After the sun goes down, head to St. Lawrence Gap on the coast, the center of Bajan nightlife. Stroll through The Gap any night of the week, and you can catch a local reggae or calypso band, grab a cocktail in a chic nightclub, or dance the night away to a live deejay.
Local favorites include the open-air Reggae Lounge, the new club Lip Gloss, and the chic Sugar Ultra Lounge.