Experience the Caribbean: Barbados

The birthplace of Rihanna and cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday with friends or dancing till the sun comes up

Barbados is a great place to mix days of lazing on the fabulous sands at Accra, Miami and Crane beaches with a fantastic range of group activities. List-toppers include horse racing at the Garrison Savannah, exploring nature in Farley Hill National Park, meeting the critters at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, taking a tour of the historic Garrison and liming with the locals at Oistins fish fry. What will yours be? Whatever it is, the memories will stay with you forever.

Barbados hotspots

  • Surfers take on the Soup Bowl

    On the east coast of Barbados the waters are as wild as they come, and nowhere more so than at northern Bathsheba, home to some of the best waves in the Caribbean. Surfers come from around the world to take on the Soup Bowl reef break, and it’s endlessly good fun watching them attempt it. If they inspire you, Surf Barbados runs an all-day mobile beginners’ school – wherever the best waves are – including two hours of instruction and a surfboard for the rest of the day, for just  US$75.

    Surfers take on the Soup Bowl
  • Twerking at the Reggae Lounge

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    Caribbean dancehall aficionados know that twerking was alive and well long before Miley Cyrus put it on the global map. Marvel at the original form and the skills involved, then try it yourself at the Reggae Lounge in Lawrence Gap. Feeling shy? Go on a Monday, when the cover charge includes unlimited drinks.   

    Twerking at the Reggae Lounge
  • Visit Harrison’s Cave

    This jaw-droppingly spectacular limestone cavern is dotted with deep pools of glassy water, majestic columns and tumbling waterfalls. You can take it all in on a tram tour, or on foot the options include a four-hour eco-tour along trails full of birds, flowers and wildlife, and a bat-spotting tour for kids.

    Visit Harrison’s Cave
  • Cricket at its most raucous

    The home of Sir Garfield Sobers is the place to see a cricket match. A Twenty20 match at Garrison’s Kensington Oval near Bridgetown is a raucous, fun-filled affair, particularly if you opt to watch from the Party Stand, complete with its own beach and giant beach toys. Check www.bcacricket.org for match dates.

    Cricket at its most raucous
  • A memorable meal at Blakey’s

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    Try spicy Bajan pepperpot stew on the South Coast Boardwalk at Hastings near Bridgetown at this casual dining spot on the seafront. Book ahead for an outdoor table as the sun goes down and enjoy live music (Fri, Sun), cocktails and a memorable night.

    A memorable meal at Blakey’s
  • Bajan buns at Cuz Cutters

    To look at the tiny wooden hut in the car park of Pebbles Beach, you wouldn’t think Cuz Cutters is one of Newsweek’s 101 Best Places to Eat Around the World, but it’s the top spot on the island to try a cutter, a local speciality that's more than just a sandwich. Try the Blue Marlin Cutter – slaps of juicy fresh fish slotted into a huge Bajan salt bread bun, dressed with ‘the works’ and a generous dash of pepper sauce.

    Bajan buns at Cuz Cutters
  • Liming at Mojo

    This south coast liming spot is hugely popular on Friday and Saturday night, and a great place to mingle with locals, sharing a good meal and a few drinks with old and new friends.

    Liming at Mojo
  • Real Bajan food at Mustor’s

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    It looks like nothing special, but this Bridgetown lunchtime stalwart is the place to experience real Bajan food. Choose from the mains – including flying fish or beef and pork stew – then add sides like macaroni pie and nab a balcony table to watch the world go by.

    Real Bajan food at Mustor’s
  • Time your trip for...

    The Crop Over Festival is Barbados’s biggest, loudest and best-loved festival, starting in late July and culminating on the first Monday of August, Kadooment Day. The festival includes the wonderfully named Cohobblopot music concert and the Pic-o-De-Crop calypsonians competition.

    Time your trip for...

Surfers take on the Soup Bowl

On the east coast of Barbados the waters are as wild as they come, and nowhere more so than at northern Bathsheba, home to some of the best waves in the Caribbean. Surfers come from around the world to take on the Soup Bowl reef break, and it’s endlessly good fun watching them attempt it. If they inspire you, Surf Barbados runs an all-day mobile beginners’ school – wherever the best waves are – including two hours of instruction and a surfboard for the rest of the day, for just  US$75.

Barbados liveblog

We've sent travel blogger Monica Stott (a.k.a. The Travel Hack) to experience everything Barbados has to offer – follow her live as she samples Bajan cuisine, swims with the turtles and takes a tour of the historic Garrison...


Book a holiday with BA: Barbados Flights + 7 nights hotel from £549pp

Availability may be extremely limited, particularly during peak periods. Price is in GBP per person based on two adults sharing 3* accommodation on a room only basis at Time Out Hotel and include return flights from LGW to Barbados. Price correct as of 24 April 2014. Bookings must be made by midnight 25/05/14 for selected travel between 01/09/14 – 16/10/14. Some payment methods attract a handling fee. Holidays are ATOL protected (number ATOL5985). For full terms and conditions, visit ba.com.