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How to spend your holiday in Barbados

by Rianne Ojeh on 17 September 2014, 11:09AM

The beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados has been wildly popular with tourists for decades.

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It is the kind of place that fuels the fantasies of people all around the world, shivering their way through harsh winters, because Bajan temperatures rarely dip below 25°C, even in the middle of December. It might sound strange, but the island now owes a lot to modern celebrities and native Bajans like Rihanna, who relish every opportunity to expound upon its azure blue waters, endless skies and lush, tropical interior. Plus, Barbados is a haven for all kinds of different visitors.

You do not have to break the bank to take a trip here, because there is a wide range of different options available, both in terms of accommodation and facilities – including adults-only hotels. It is a fascinating place for history fans too, as the island is dotted with museums.

The rich sense of history pervades Barbados and its culture. This is a Travelbag guide to spending your holiday in Barbados.

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The Barbados Boardwalk at Sunset
The Barbados Boardwalk is located on the south-coast of the island offering some of the most stunning views of the Caribbean sunset. It is fairly popular with tourists, but this stretch of unbelievably soft sand is long enough to offer quiet spots, away from the jet skis, summer parties and larger crowds. For a perfect evening, arrive around 5.30pm and enjoy a leisurely meal beside the ocean, whilst watching the sun dissipate into a burst of light and colour.

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Sip on cocktails at the Mount Gay rum distillery
As Britain is famous for Yorkshire pudding and scones, Barbados is famous for rum. As the most high profile Bajan export, Mount Gay rum is everywhere – though if you can’t handle your spirits, you might want to take things slowly. There is an official Mount Gay tour available for visitors, who are interested in taking a peek at the inner workings of a real life distillery. For the ultimate day trip, book a Bajan Buffet Lunch Tour and treat yourself to something tasty, as well as a few cheeky cocktails. 

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Take a tour around St Nicholas Abbey
This remarkable Jacobean mansion, situated in the centre of the island, has been preserved in the most wonderful way. It is one of the most valued historical attractions on Barbados, as it is one of the oldest sugar plantations still in existence. It first opened in 1660, and belonged to St John Yeamans, the latter founder of South Carolina. A special brand of rum is also made on the site, which is a beautiful area – filled with mahogany trees and peaceful gardens. You can even watch a special film, designed to inform visitors about plantation life in the 1930s.  

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Swim with the tropical fish
The waters around Barbados are extremely deep and clear, making them ideal for snorkelling. In fact, the majority of the best snorkelling sites on the island are very easy to access, even for amateurs. The reefs of Carlisle Bay, for instance, can be reached from the shore. If you want to frolic with some really tropical creatures, however, you will have to take a boat out to some of the most popular diving locations around the island. There are plenty of reliable dive operators dotted along the Bajan coast, so get your gear on and take the plunge. If you are a beginner, it is important to stick to the areas which match your capabilities.

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Take a trip down to Harrison’s Cave 
For those more interested in land than sea, there is the rather striking Harrison’s Cave. It is accessible to the general public, via a special tramway, and contains hundreds of unique stalagmites and stalactites, a dream come true for nature fans and geology buffs. Forgotten for 200 years, it really has to be seen to be believed. As a warning, the interior of the caves do get extremely humid and hot, so it is best to pack a bottle of water for your trip. Oh, and don’t forget your camera either, because you will want to show the folks back home the otherworldly nature of this beautiful cave system.   

Plan your holiday to Barbados online or call one of our friendly consultants today on 0845 543 6615. It only takes a dash of magic from the experts at Travelbag, to land you on a beautiful Bajan beach this winter. 

With thanks to the Barbados Tourism Authority for providing the images.


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