Barbados, the Gem of the Caribbean

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Located in the West Indies, Barbados is frequently described as the “Gem of the Caribbean”. This small island is home to friendly locals, fantastic restaurants, beautiful landscapes, and impressive marine life. Each of Barbados’ four coasts have a distinctly different feel, offering a wide variety of activities and experiences for every kind of traveller.

How to Get There

By Air
There are scheduled and chartered flights from most major cities in Canada, the United States, and Europe to Barbados. You can also travel from other Caribbean islands using the airlines LIAT and Caribbean Airlines.

By Water
Barbados is also a popular spot  for many cruise ship lines that park in Bridgetown. For an environmentally friendly option, try hoping on a sailing charter that runs between Caribbean islands.

Where to Stay

There are many different accommodation options in Barbados from all inclusive resorts and hotels to AirBnB and hostels. For travellers seeking a boutique hotel, Little Good Harbour is a fantastic option on the Barbados’ popular east coast. On Barbados' quiet west coast, Eco Lifestyle and Lodge offers a great view and close proximity to Bathsheba, the island’s main surf beach.

What to Do

Sea Kayaking
Head to Carlisle Bay for a wonderful day on the water in a glass bottom kayak. I rented a kayak and started my trip at Harbour’s Lights on Carlisle Beach, where I paddled to a popular viewing location for Green Sea and Hawksbill Turtles.

Hike Barbados
A great local organization, Hike Barbados, offers the opportunity for travellers to explore the country’s landscapes and natural attractions. Hike leaders can take you through can fields, gullies, tropical forest, and coastal communities for a fun day filled with new friends and healthy exercise.

Catamaran Cruise
One of the most popular tourism activities in Barbados, Catamaran tours are a fun filled way to spend the day. Most catamarans offer the opportunity to snorkel, kayak, and relax in the sun as they move along the coastline.

North Point
Located on the most northerly tip of the island, North Point is a popular tourist attraction that offers spectacular views of the ocean and rugged cliffs. Although many visitors choose to explore the Animal Flower Sea Cave that leads to the beach below, the view from above is equally as spectacular.

Clinketts, Colleton, & Six Mens
As I slowly explored Barbados, one of my favorite areas to relax was the three small fishing villages of Clinketts, Colleton, and Six Mens located just north of Port St. Charles.

Colorful houses, fishing boats, and quaint rum shops dotted the coast with a breathtaking view of the sea.

During a day trip along the East Coast of Barbados, I stopped in the small fishing village of Bathsheba in the Parish of Saint Joseph. The town is filled with colorful houses, quaint churches, rum shops, and a picturesque beach. Bathsheba is most famous as Barbados’ main surf beach, affectionately known as the “Soup Bowl”.

Where to Eat

I highly recommend heading to Sea Shed for a delicious meal and fun atmosphere on the beach. My other favourite restaurant was Fishpot, which included delicious food and a breathtaking view.

Other restaurants that come highly recommended are the bohemian La Cabane, the historic Round House, and the charming Lonestar Hotel. For a unique experience, head to one of the many local rum shops.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Barbados is between mid-December and mid-April in order to avoid the rainy season and scorching temperatures.

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This article was last updated on May 08, 2021.