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Affectionately called "Little England," Barbados features a unique combination of British tradition and Caribbean flair, creating an irresistibly charming atmosphere. Watch a game of cricket (the island's national sport), sip afternoon tea on your private patio overlooking the sea, frolic in crystal-clear turquoise water, and help yourself to the island's world-famous rum.
Our exquisite Barbados vacation homes range from 1-bedroom cottages to expansive 10-bedroom estates on the island's legendary pink-sand beaches. Most of our luxury villas in Barbados come with a full staff – chef, butler, housekeeper and more – at no extra charge. Allow your private chef to entertain your palate with traditional Bajan cuisine as you dine poolside to the backdrop of a breathtaking sunset.
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Learn about local history with a visit to the Barbados Museum, located in a former military prison, or Morgan Lewis Mill, when you can view the last remaining intact sugar mill on Barbados.
Creatures from around the Caribbean and the world wander the four acres that make up the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, originally established to provide a sanctuary for green monkeys. Harrison’s Cave showcases Barbados' limestone coral geology, and a train tour winds through caves past pools, waterfalls, and stalagmites.
For some great souvenirs, stop by the Mount Gay Distillery or Chalky Mountian Potteries, honoring a 300-year-old local pottery tradition.
Barbados is one of the windsurfing capitals of the Caribbean. The surf on the east coast is suitable for experienced surfers only. It's also a hotspot for yachting; yachts and large catamarans can be chartered, if you desire a guided cruise. The beaches have smaller crafts for rent. Other popular local activities include horseback riding, tennis, and scuba diving.
Barbados’ year-round sunshine and heavenly views make for exceptional golfing. Courses range from beginner-friendly to championship-level; top courses include Sandy Lane, Royal Westmoreland, the Barbados Golf Club and Rockley Club.
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 perfect for swimming and snorkeling, the lively south coast is great for more adventurous water sports like kite surfing, the windy east coast is a surfer’s paradise, and the north coast offers dramatic cliff views for picture-perfect picnics.
A couple favorites include Payne's Beach, with calm swimming waters and even the company of the occasion turtle. Families and single travelers all congregate here, so there's a good mix of people, making Paynes Bay a great spot for everyone. Because the water is calm, it's perfect for snorkeling, swimming, and a variety of watersports. Considered to be one of the island's most beautiful beaches, the pink sand of Crane's Beach on the south coast attracts locals and visitors alike.
Nightlife is buzzing on Barbados. Any night of the week, 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. You'll also party cruises and a casino.
- The waters are calmer on the Caribbean side.
- There are perfect waves for surfing on the Atlantic side.
- Nonstop flights are available from New York and Miami.
- Connecting flights are available through Montego Bay and San Juan.
- USD and major credit cards widely accepted.
- Peak travel season is December 15 through April 15.