THE LITTLE ENGLAND OF THE CARIBBEAN (WITH SUN!!)
The west coast has stretches of sand, pretty cliffs, a string of fine hotels and restaurants and some villas worth tens of millions of dollars: this is where the millionaires and horse-racing moguls live and the scene is one of sophistication and luxury. The south coast is younger and more active, with some remote corners and pretty coves where life doesn’t seem to have changed over the last hundred years.
From the peaceful, rugged coastline of the Atlantic eastern coast to the attractive resorts of the northern shoreline, Barbados offers world-class, warm waters that are a paradise for diving, snorkelling and swimming. Underwater caves teem with colourful fish amidst vibrant coral reefs.
Inland, cities offer 18th-century colonial street-scapes, and land-based attractions run from lush botanical gardens and historic plantation houses to sumptuous tropical spas and first-rate golf. Some less developed areas of the country contain tropical woodland and mangroves. Other parts of the interior, which contribute to the agriculture industry, are dotted with large sugar cane estates.
The gardens on Barbados are probably the best in the Caribbean. There’s windsurfing and golf for those who like to be active, fun music, lively clubs and extraordinary history (plantations and rum), too. Whether you want to stay in exquisite luxury or hide in a secret getaway, whether you want to plan your first visit or your fiftieth, Inspirational Travel can tailor-make your perfect Bajan escape.
Flight Time: Approx 8 hours
Time Difference: GMT -4 hours
Language: English & Bajan Creole
Currency: Barbadian Dollar
Area: 166 square miles
Total Coastline: Approx. 60 miles
Population: Approx. 285,000
Constant and pleasant sea breezes tend to cool Barbados’s balmy, tropical climate but the island is still generally sunnier and drier than the other islands. During the rainy season (July to November) brief rain showers are likely. The island enjoys approximately 8-10 hours of sunshine hours per day between November to March and 8-9 between April to October. Tropical storms and hurricanes may occur between July and November.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to visit Barbados is between December to July, although you can travel any time. In the wetter months of July to November you will find the prices very attractive but you are likely to experience heavy showers, although these are often just short and sharp.
Health & Vaccinations
We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.
Passport & Visa
British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition we also recommend that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport. British passport holders do not require a visa to enter Barbados.