Barbados - Beaches, Culture and Glamour

Fringed with soft coral beaches and superb turquoise seas, Barbados is the ideal place to enjoy sun and barefoot luxury all year round.

Barbados Beach

Even though most people come to this tiny coral-limestone island for a relaxing beach escape, a truly glorious Barbados experience should stretch far beyond its lovely beaches. The “Little England” in the Caribbean offers an exciting array of activities to keep you busy day and night. All you need is a place to stay and some big time mood, and fortunately this tropical gem has an abundance of both. We suggest you to browse the stunning collection of villas in Barbados, pick the prettiest one and go to explore this eclectic mix of glamour and fun; blooming dining scene and pristine sands; rum, cricket and friendly locals.

The Beaches

As lovely and varied as the island itself, Barbados beaches range from palm-fringed, white sandy shores on the balmy west coast to sparkling, action-packed beaches in the south and wilder, yet stunning expanses of sand drifting out into the whirling ocean waves on the east and north coasts, where Barbados meets the Atlantic Ocean. Highlights include the famous Crane Beach - one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean; Silver Sands - a real paradise for windsurfers; the idyllic Bottom Bay with its gorgeous pink sand and waters of countless shades of blue, the fashionable Sandy Lane and Bathsheba - the island’s surfing hub.

The Culture

Also known as the cultural capital of the Caribbean, Barbados is a sophisticated melange of British and West African cultures with a vibrant, creative community. From the island’s inner rolling fields of sugar cane that still remind of the dark slave-owning past to the outstanding British colonial architecture in the heart of Bridgetown, Barbados greets its visitors with a fascinating cultural scene.

Music and art are a major part of Bajan life, with the sensual rhythms of calypso and reggae providing a perfect match for the island’s natural beauty. The flamboyant festivals held here each year, the alluring plantation houses, the historical rum distilleries, the exceptional cuisine, the fine museums and art galleries as well as the delightful Bajan dialect are all resounding echoes of this nation’s rich history.

For an exquisite cultural escapade in Barbados, consider visiting Bridgetown’s Historical Centre, the Shell Gallery, St. Nicholas Abbey, Mount Gay, Barbados Museum and Sunbury Plantation House. Other cultural attractions not to be missed are the colorful Crop Over festival and Barbados Concorde Experience.

The Glamour

In the last couple of years, the tiny island of Barbados has developed into a stylish getaway for the rich and famous. The glitziest spot is certainly the west coast where a sophisticated display of luxury hotels, first-class restaurants, night clubs and stylish designer shops awaits to be relished. Barbados’ distinguished style however, seems rather a peculiar feature deep-rooted in the nation’s history and culture than a habit acquired along with the island’s recent development.

The fanciest addresses are probably Bridgetown’s Broad Street, St James and St. Lawrence Gap in the parish of Christ Church, all of them offering plenty of dining, shopping and entertaining opportunities, but the island’s real glamour lies in its cosmopolitan culture, spectacular scenery, beautiful people, inherent sophistication and British elegance, which patently sets it apart from the rest.

Barbados Beach Sand

Tip: Explore Barbados with your heart open, your mind relaxed and your nights indulged in a modish self-catered villa. You certainly don’t need a prearranged program or all-inclusive services on this beautiful island jam-packed with all sorts of surprising offerings, unless…you’re not here for an authentic broad-minded Bajan experience.