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A land of sunshine and calypso rhythms, Barbados swings to a laid-back beat, allowing plenty of time to enjoy its tropical beaches and lush, forested interior. With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other, Barbados has the best of both worlds, supporting rich coral life and the sort of wild waves that surfers crave. On land, there are historic plantation homes to explore, and it’s almost impossible to leave without trying the punchy rum.

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When you first catch sight of the white sand beaches and silken sea, framed with palm fronds and bougainvillea flowers, you’ll know that you’ve arrived in Barbados. All that lies ahead is pure relaxation. Maxwell Beach is one of the main beaches along the popular south coast, yet it has not been overdeveloped. In the shallows, dazzling coral life is a hit with snorkelers, while the deeper water offers up some excellent dive sites. Accra Beach, just a bit further up the coast, offers perfect conditions for windsurfers and kite-surfers. It is one of the closest beaches to Bridgetown, the vivacious capital of Barbados. In the north of the island, St. Nicholas Abbey is well worth visiting – this old plantation home, built in the ornamental Jacobean style, is still a working rum distillery, where you can take a tour, sample the rum, and buy a personalized bottle to take home.

Hotels in Barbados

Barbados hotels are designed with relaxation in mind, aiming to provide you with a luxurious break. There are numerous all-inclusive resorts all along the coastline, offering rooms and suites with sea views and minimalist, elegant furnishings. A choice of restaurants and bars are on offer in these resorts, along with poolside cabanas and sun loungers. Independent hotels and guesthouses in Barbados provide rustic character and romantic escapes, with island-inspired floral designs. Complimentary cooked breakfasts come as part of the package. Self-catering apartments are widely available too, providing fully-equipped kitchens, family living areas, and onsite amenities such as restaurants and shops.

Where to stay

If you’re planning a beach break in an all-inclusive resort or beachside apartment, then stay in the Christ Church district, which forms the south coast. You’ll have instant access to some of the island’s most popular beaches, while the shops, restaurants and cultural sites of Bridgetown are nearby. For a tranquil location and a good mix of luxury and budget hotels, stay in the St. James district along the west coast. You’ll be looking out over the Caribbean and there are numerous country clubs, golf courses, and rum distilleries in the area. For historic guesthouses, head a little way inland.

How to get to Barbados

The Barbados Grantley Adams International Airport is the main point of entry to the island and it receives flights from the USA, Canada, the UK, and other Caribbean islands. The airport is located about 8 miles from Bridgetown. On such a small island, there are no long transfer times, so you’ll be soaking up the sun in no time. Many hotels offer free airport shuttles, while local buses and mini-vans zip all over the island. Taxis and hire cars are also available at the airport. Cruise ships arrive into Bridgetown Harbor, which is a convenient base from which to explore.

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