It’s easy to be dazzled by Barbados’ beaches: those golden sands and sparkling bays are the stuff of Caribbean dreams, after all. But look a little closer and you’ll find an untamed landscape of forests, peaks, sugar plantations and historic monuments – not to mention the UNESCO-listed treasures of Bridgetown, the capital. As the island celebrates its Year of Wellness and Soft Adventure, there’s never been a better time to experience its wild side.
Read on to find out all you need to know before heading to this Carribean gem...
Barbados is thought to be the birthplace of rum. Mount Gay distillery was founded in 1703 and is believed to produce the oldest rum in the world.
Harrison's Cave is 2.3km long and its largest cavern is a whopping 50 feet high. Find out more about this fascinating Island here.
Barbados boasts one of the oldest parliaments in the western hemisphere. In fact, the island is the oldest continuing parliamentary democracy in the world, apart from England.
Swim with Hawksbill and leatherback turtles in the deep blues of Barbados. Increase your opportunities of a sighting with a visit to Barbados marine park.
Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for these cheeky little animals. You'll likely see them in the trees, usually munching on some sugar cane.
Watching these winged fish jumping above the sea's surface is mesmerising. They're also one of the nation's favourite dishes, so be sure to taste one, too.
The dry season runs through British winter and spring and the wet season happens during our summer and autumn. Whenever you decide to go, you’ll be warm, with average temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius.
Most countries, including the United Kingdom, do not require a visa to get into Barbados, as long as you’re not planning on staying for longer than six months – and trust us, you’ll be tempted to.
The currency in Barbados is the Barbadian dollar. Every 10 Barbadian dollars works out at about four British pounds. US dollars will be accepted and ATMs are widely available.
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