Beauty in abundance

Swaying palms, blinding blue sea, white sand, beating sun … can you picture a more idyllic scene?

A year-around destination, Barbados is a dream island, with the picture-postcard beach scenes available to you every single day. Lively and popular with us Brits, Barbados is also a duty free shopping heaven!

Crane Beach Barbados

Crane Beach Barbados

Of course, we’re talking long-haul flying here, which is a slight downside, but if you find ways to make travel part of your holiday, then it can even be enjoyable. Beat tiredness as much as possible by taking advantage of hotels based on-site at the airport. I recently stayed at one of the Gatwick Airport hotels, and this went a long way to kick-starting my holiday in the best possible way, and certainly helped with my jet-lag a little too. Wherever you fly from, you’ll find a range of hotels to suit every budget, such as the large selection of Heathrow hotels on offer, so see what’s available at your terminal.

Barbados’ south coast is a great choice to base yourself, with the best of the night-life and action. St Lawrence Gap is a great choice for lively night-life, with dancing ‘til dawn on offer for those that choose it. Alternatively, the west coast is where the rich and famous head for their summers.

Getting around the island is easy, as the bus service is cheap and reliable, so there’s no excuse not to explore a little. I’d suggest heading to Harrison’s Cave as a definite must-do, with stunningly beautiful scenery and roaring waterfalls. A rum factory tour is also obligatory, with a little sample of course!

Caribbean islands are generally about the beach, and I’d certainly be heading there for the majority of my holiday. Beaches are public, with facilities to make your day’s lazing in the sun go without a hitch. For water-sports, again we’re talking the south coast, with Dover Beach a great choice.

The history of the island is lengthy and interesting, so it’s worth heading to one of the local museums to learn more, and Bridgetown has a few interesting sights to see on the history scale. Bridgetown is also where the best of the shopping action is too.

When night-falls Barbados’ nightlife is varied and bright. Again, the south is where the parties are, so if you’re wanting dancing and drinking, that’s where you need to be. Large hotels will have entertainment most nights, and in the main resorts you’ll find many bars and restaurants, all very welcoming and friendly. Seafood is fantastic in this part of the world, and washed down with a glass of rum, it’s the perfect night out. International tastes are also catered for, so nobody goes hungry.

As you can see, Barbados is popular for a very good reason! That long flight is definitely worth the destination, and when you add on your hotel to start your holiday earlier and more rested, you’ll be enjoying your break from the moment you leave the house. Check out the range of hotels on offer with, as you’ll find something no matter what your budget.

Sun, fantastic beaches, great shopping and delicious cuisine – Barbados has it all, and then some.

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