Bridgetown, the World Heritage-listed capital city, is the spiritual home of rum and the drink plays a big part in the island’s cultural life. It also contributes to an exuberant restaurant and bar scene – Barbados is the perfect island for anyone who loves to eat out. Your options range from the high-end waterfront restaurants (book in advance if you want to secure a specific table) to the down to earth Bajan eateries. The one thing they all have in common is out of this world seafood and shellfish.
Appetite sated, it’s easy to get out of the city and explore the villages where you’ll find Anglican churches, village greens, country gardens, and the occasional green monkey.
Still known as ‘Little England’ thanks to its colonial past, the island has pulled off a clever trick. Despite its cricket matches, stately homes and afternoon teas served at every property, the locals have not abandoned their West Indian heritage. Far from it —they have selectively borrowed English ways and customs that match and complement their island character.
If you’ve ever wanted to swim with a turtle, this is the place to do it. You can head out on your own private boat for a rare glimpse of these once endangered creatures. Now they’re protected from over-fishing, Barbados is home to a robust population of Hawksbill turtle. You can swim with them as they play and feed among the coral and, in some areas, they’ve become so accustomed to humans they’re very friendly and far from camera shy.
When to go
The best months are November to May, as they are the least humid.