The Magic of Dreams and Fancies
There is just so much to do – so many treasures to uncover – as you soak up the warmth and enjoy the comforts of our beautiful island. Land lubbers and sea farers alike can have their pick of surf and turf activities appropriate for all ages and stages of calm or daredevil delight! Singles, lovers, friends and families also have rich and plentiful options to choose from. Whether you want to swim or sunbathe, party and play hard or enjoy art, culture and cuisine at its best, it’s right here waiting for you. Discover Barbados. Lose yourself. Find you!
The “culinary capital of the Caribbean,” Barbados is especially appealing to a vast array of foodies, who have learned that eating, dining and phenomenal feasting alone is sufficient reason to visit Barbados!
A tantalizing blend of the old and new, Bajan cuisine brings together the influences of African, Caribbean, West Indian and European delights to create a unique and authentic culinary experience.
It’s no surprise, fish is a mainstay of the Bajan diet, with the surrounding waters providing an abundance of saltwater delicacies including tuna, shark, salmon, cod, red snapper, kingfish, and dolphin fish as well as shrimp, lobster, crabs and sea urchins. But moreover, flying fish, a national symbol of Barbados, is the species that most graces the plates of diners throughout the island.
Aside from seafood, a variety of meats such as chicken, beef, pork, turkey and duck fulfill the recipes of many Bajan dishes, and are served fried, grilled, baked, roasted and pickled. Traditional favourites such as cou-cou, rice and peas, pelau and macaroni pie complement most meals along with an assortment of fruits and vegetables such as breadfruits, papaya, cassava, mangoes and pawpaws.
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See why Barbados makes the cut for top beaches in the world
Barbados is home to the finest beaches in the world. The Crane beach on the south eastern side of the island was rated by Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous as “one of the ten best beaches in the world”. And there are many more to experience around the island. You’ll notice immediately that the coastlines are different and the beaches themselves are as diverse as the people. Although you may have a preference, the myriad of choices makes Barbados a top pick for best beach holidays.
- West Coast Beaches
With picture perfect, blue water and gold sand, west coast beaches have a reputation for creating idyllic days in the sun. The surf is gentle and small to medium waves make most beaches on the West Coast ideal for sunbathing and relaxation or, if you prefer, watersports, swimming and snorkelling.
- South Coast Beaches
With small to medium waves, south coast beaches are mostly tailor-made for adventure and a range of watersports, including windsurfing, body surfing, kite surfing, scuba diving and snorkelling. You can really get wild on the south coast, as the surf is livelier than the west coast’s with more undertow than you’d expect, so don’t be caught off-guard.
- East Coast Beaches
The east coast boasts a string of intriguing wind swept beaches, and due to pounding surf, large waves and strong currents, swimming is not recommended in most areas along this coastline. These beaches are nevertheless good spots for walking and sun bathing. Most of all, our east coast waves are favoured by surfers who come here from all over the world to test their skill at the famous Soup Bowl in Bathsheba.
- North Coast Beaches
While you’re likely to encounter the occasional sheltered cove, there are not many beaches along this rugged coastline, where imposing coral and sandstone cliffs rise majestically from the sea, and weathered rocks serve as stunning exhibits in nature’s own art gallery. As you can imagine, the waves are large and the currents strong. Swimming is definitely NOT recommended.
But that’s not all there is, we’ve still got a number of hidden treasures to lay bare – secret bays, beaches and coves that we want to share with only YOU… Shhh…