As we approach the New Year our eyes and hearts are all set on new travel inspirations. Barbados is the perfect warm-weather destination with a range of land and sea experiences to take in. Whether you’re travelling to the island for the first time or returning after you’ve found somewhere to call your second home, there are endless activities to discover and lots to do for the entire family. In this article, we’ve put together the top travel resolutions to help you make the most of your Barbados vacation next year.
1. See the top attractions
There is plenty to do and see in Barbados with a range of exciting and breathtaking attractions. Experience one of Barbados’ greatest natural wonders at Harrison’s Cave – a crystallized limestone cave characterized by flowing streams, deep pools of crystal clear water and towering columns. The Animal Flower Cave is another wonderful natural attraction featuring sea anemones – the flower of the cave – and pools to swim in. Take a dip and then enjoy the cliff-top restaurant with ocean views. Barbados Wildlife Reserve, Welchman Hall Gully, Andromeda Gardens, and Hunte’s Gardens are more great ways to take in the flora and fauna of the island.
2. Take in the history
Barbados’ capital Bridgetown, also known as, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2011 as an outstanding example of British colonial architecture consisting of a well-preserved old town featuring Georgian buildings, Parliament house, churches and bridges. The extraordinary site also includes a nearby military garrison which consists of numerous historic buildings including one which presently houses the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. Outside of Bridgetown, there are many historic sites from churches and cathedrals to 17th-century plantation houses like St. Nicholas Abbey.
3. Go on an adventure
If you are seeking an adventure, Barbados is a great destination of choice with many exciting adventures from sailing and swimming with the turtles to hiking the most scenic trails from lush forests to beaches. Experience Barbados’ off the beaten path across the Eastern and Northeastern parts of Barbados with and an Island Safari tour or venture below the surface and explore the depths of the ocean with the Atlantis Submarine. For a day of exciting family fun, you can also visit Barbados’ newest attraction, Rascals Waterpark at Brandon’s Beach.
4. Try the local food
Barbados is a culturally rich destination with an abundance of culinary choices for every palette. The local cuisine is influenced by the country’s diverse history and incorporates African, Portuguese, Indian, Irish, Creole and British dishes. The national dish of Barbados, cou-cou and flying fish, is a delightful cornmeal and okra dish served with flavorful gravy and paired with either steamed or fried flying fish. Pudding and souse – a dish comprising pickled pork, breadfruit and steamed sweet potatoes, is another local specialty. Peas and rice, stewed meats and macaroni pie are also a must-try. If you fancy something more familiar, fish and chips is commonly served at most restaurants and a staple of the popular Oistins Friday Night Fish Fry.
5. Book a rum experience
Barbados is celebrated as the birthplace of rum with over 350 years of history steeped in this magical spirit. No trip to the island could be complete without sipping some Barbados rum. With four major distilleries on the island, we recommend starting your journey with the world-renowned and oldest factory Mount Gay Rum Distillery established in 1703. Other famous distilleries are St. Nicholas Abbey, Foursquare Rum Factory, and West Indies Rum Distillery – each offering a unique experience that includes the history, craft and of course tasting of these fascinating spirits.
6. Upgrade to a private luxury residence
One of the best ways to fully enjoy your vacation in Barbados is to enhance your stay with private luxury accommodation. Port Ferdinand offers fabulous choices of one, two and three-bedroom villas with oversized living spaces, relaxing areas, spectacular views and world-class amenities and service making it is the perfect choice for a luxurious Barbados getaway. Comparably, Saint Peter’s Bay delivers exquisite beachfront accommodation with generous terraces complete with spa pools and gorgeous sea views. Large families may also opt for the five-bedroom Deluxe Beachfront Penthouse. For added convenience, guests may move between these two properties as if they were one with water taxis that ferry you back and forth on the Caribbean Sea to optimize your island adventure! You are equally welcome at both resorts. And balance is achieved.
To book your Barbados luxury holiday at Port Ferdinand or Saint Peter’s Bay and have us create your custom itinerary please make your reservation online, contact our Reservations team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us toll-free: Port Ferdinand – 1 866 346 8662 (US/CAN) or 0800 086 8662 (UK); Saint Peter’s Bay – 1 866 978 6931 (US/CAN) or 0800 086 8662 (UK).