Barbados is the most easterly of all the Caribbean islands. Its climate is warm all year round with daily sunshine lasting for approximately 12 hours/day. It measures 21 miles by 14 miles at its greatest diameters and has an area of only 166 square miles (431 sq km). However, for such a small island it boasts a wide range of activities, attractions, culture and things to keep you busy on your vacation. Whether it be from duty free shopping to lazing around at many of the island's lush white sand beaches in the day or dining at one of the island's world-renowned restaurants or playing a game of golf at one of the challenging courses with breathtaking view of the island or Caribbean Sea in the background, there is always something for everyone to do. And to make it even more enjoyable, most of the island's attractions and activities are within 20 minutes of the villa.
Barbados is the only island to have its own ZAGAT guide which has ratings on many local attractions, activities, and restaurants. The island is certainly the place for the young and the old, the newlyweds and those celebrating anniversaries, friends, families and loved ones.
ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
There are a variety of interests for everyone’s taste.
For those who want a peaceful uneventful vacation, remaining at the villas is ideal – lazing by the pool and enjoying the quiet secluded beach is therapeutic. You may even want to snorkel and experience the underwater beauty.
For others, the island has an excellent road network for you to explore with ease.
Beaches are public and beach lovers can sample any beach they pass as they tour the island exploring the many historic sites. The very active Mullins Beach is 5 minutes drive from the villa.
Golf enthusiasts have a choice of 4 golf courses – Sandy Lane, Royal Westmoreland, The Barbados Golf Club and The Rockley Golf Club.
Tennis and Horseback rides are nearby.
Surfers have a short drive to the East Coast to challenge the waves at the world-renowned Super Bowl.
Those who enjoy the nature of the sea can get a closer look on the Atlantis Submarine when Scuba Diving or when visiting the Animal Flower Cave. Others may want to Swim with the Turtles or go Deep Sea Fishing, returning to the villa with a catch for dinner.
There are a variety of Water Sports which can be arranged from the villa. These include water skiing, windsurfing, paragliding, glass bottom boat, banana boat rides and much more.
Horticultural lovers will enjoy Andromeda Gardens, the Flower Forest, Orchid World, Farley Hill National Park and Welchman Hall Gully with its ravine and citrus, spice - bearing and rare trees.
Animal lovers will enjoy the Wildlife Reserve.
Harrison’s Cave – a spectacular cave displaying our limestone and coral stone – majestic stalactites and stalagmites, waterfalls, pools and streams.
Sample some of our culture by visiting a Sugar Cane Factory or the Sugar Cane Museum which is open all year round. Experience how the cane juice is refined to our Bajan rum at the Mount Gay Distillery and the Malibu Refinery. For a display of our craft visit Pelican Craft Centre and take part in the Pelican Dooflicky, the weekly Carnival parade and show. A visit to Earthworks Pottery gives you a hands-on chance to take part in the production. As you tour the island, you will pass many community Cricket playing fields which come alive on weekends with two teams decked in their white flannel outfits challenging each other.
A Catamaran or Boat Cruise along the coastline gives you a different view of the island.
Before departing, enjoy Shopping at our many duty-free shops in our capital Bridgetown as well as in our other two towns on the periphery – Speightstown and Holetown.
Occurs in January and involves local, regional and international jazz artists.
Occurs in February to celebrate the historic event of the first European settlers at Holetown (17th February 1627) – a festival including church services, music, dancing, parades, organized sports, a street market and fair.
Oistins Fish Festival
Occurs at Easter weekend and is a way of organizing and paying tribute to the men and women in the fishing industry. In addition to the usual festive activities, the people in the fishing industry are given a chance to exhibit the skills of their trade.
Occurs in May - a spiritual celebration that Barbadians use to express their African heritage through music when local, Caribbean and International artists come together.
Crop Over Festival
Commences in the middle of July and ends the first Monday in August. It is a festival of music, dance, craft and food to celebrate the end of the harvest of the Barbadian sugar crop. It reaches its grand finale on Kadooment Day with a colourful street carnival parade from the National Stadium to the Spring Garden Highway.
Occurs in Easter and traditionally features opera, classical music, jazz, Latin and Caribbean music, polo, celebrity golf and cricket.
Commences in May – a musical festival and is an interchange between Caribbean and Celtic cultures. One of the many highlights is a Scottish pipe band joining a local marching band in a stirring, colourful tattoo.
There are a number of restaurants boasting a wide spectrum of cuisines all over the island. Within 15 minutes drive from the villa:-
Fish Pot: Offers a variety of seafood.
Jumas: Thai, French and Bajan cuisine.
Hugos: Varied menu.
Fisherman's Pub: Local and Caribbean dishes.
Nikki Beach: Sushi, local and seafood dishes.
The Beach Shack: Local and Caribbean food.
Tides: Offers a relaxed atmosphere for cocktails and dinner and houses the Tides Art Gallery.
The Mews: A quaint restaurant offering international and European dishes.
The Cliff: Popular for special occasions.
Lone Star: A variety of surf and turf.
The Beach House: Blends local flavour with a Mediterranean culinary flair.
Daphne’s: Classic Italian and seafood cuisine.
Calabaza: Eastern and western flavours blend to create a 'Caribblend' style of cuisine.
Brown Sugar: Sample authentic flavours of Bajan cuisine.